Arts & Culture Organizations

B-Townbeat logoB-Town Beat: The B-Town Beat Music & Art Walk is an event that takes place on the first Thursday of nearly every month through the year. Local businesses and venues in downtown Burien host music or art and sometimes both! Participants are encouraged to visit all 20-30 venues participating during the event.

Burien Actors Theatre logoBurien Actors Theatre: Burien Actors Theatre is committed to being a leader in entertainment by producing intriguing professional-quality shows with the highest artistic integrity that excites, engages and involves both the local and expanding artistic communities in the Puget Sound Region. Find relief from the day-to-day right here in Burien where there is better live theater and free parking!

Burien Arts logoBurien Arts/Burien Arts Gallery: Burien Arts Association began in 1964 as Burien Arts Gallery, an informal group of local artists, art enthusiasts and activists wishing to increase the access to art in local schools, and to secure a place to display their work. Incorporated in 1968, Burien Arts Association offered arts instruction in schools, and for students and adults at the gallery into the early 1990s. The first Gallery was in the 400 Burien Building where it operated for two years. The Gallery then moved to 4th Avenue Southwest and Ambaum Boulevard Southwest, where it continued operations. The current Burien Arts Gallery is devoted to showcasing the works of established artists, emerging artists, and student art.

“CityBurien Arts Commission: The Burien Arts Commission is one of the citizen advisory groups with members from the community appointed by the Burien City Council. Commissioners are appointed to 3-year terms, and work with the rest of the commission to guide arts policy and activities in the city. Primary areas of focus for the commission are: public art, advising the City Council on the awarding of grant funding for arts organizations and individual artist projects, working with city staff on public festivals and arts and culture related projects.

“BurienBurien School of Music and Art: Burien School of Music and Art offers private music lessons for all ages and experience levels. We currently offer piano, guitar and bass lessons, specializing in jazz, blues, rock and pop. Owner/Instuctor Ryan Burns studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and has since taught at University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Drum School, and Cornish College of the Arts. Also a performer for over 20 years, Burns continues to share his knowledge and experience with the community that supported him growing up.

Highline Historical Society logoHighline Historical Society: HHS was founded in 1994, shortly after the incorporation of the cities of SeaTac and Burien. This region had few cultural amenities, and the founders of the Society soon merged with the Friends of the Highline School District and acquired their large collections relating to the history of the school district. Subsequent acquisitions of the archives of The Highline Times and many articles of local community history have made founding a regional heritage museum imperative. The Society presently owns 35,000 items and 75,000 photos, slides and films. Highline represents the largest area in the state without a local history museum. A great deal of board and volunteer time is presently being spent on the development and funding of the upcoming Highline Heritage Museum.

“TheMission Statement: We are determined to preserve and advance the performing arts in the lives of the students in our community. We do that with the belief that involvement in the performing arts produces higher levels of achievement and life awareness in our young people. The ongoing volunteers that are The Hi-Liners are dedicated to that end. History: The Hi-Liners began life in 1966 as the brainchild of William A Moeller, a teacher in the Highline School District, as a summer program. From 1966 to 1987 the program grew, becoming a year round, district-wide performing group that entertained audiences all over the Northwest. In 1991, when the new Highline Performing Arts Center was preparing to open, The Hi-Liners and Mr. Moeller were again called to serve with a series of popular reunion shows in celebration of the new state-of-the-art theater. In 1994 the organization again felt called to bring professional values and quality to the young people of South King County. Today: All these years later The Hi-Liners has grown from one show per year to a full season of productions, classes, workshops and camps for students ages 3 to 22. We believe that our students can present themselves professionally long before they enter the professional world. Our goal is not to produce the next Broadway star—our goal is to produce stellar citizens who enrich the community. Along the way, we contribute working professionals to the theatre community every year and we take pride in their successes.

Momentum Dance Academy logoMomentum Music and Dance Academy: Our mission is to enrich the human spirit through music, dance, and theatre; inspire with performance and empower by education; and foster creativity, self-esteem, and discipline.

“NewNew City Dance Company: New City Dance Co. is dedicated to providing each of it's dancers a true education in dance. We believe that dance is an art to be studied and learned. We as an academy of classical ballet and other forms of dance are dedicated to giving our students an education in a professional and nurturing environment which will help develop discipline, dedication and self-confidence.

Northwest Associated Arts logoNorthwest Associated Arts: Northwest Associated Arts provides performances that enliven, enrich, entertain and educate members and audiences alike while appealing to a variety of musical tastes. Members are energized by an environment that fosters bonds of community, serving and respecting people of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. Mission Statement: Northwest Associated Arts provides performances that enliven, enrich, entertain and educate members and audiences alike while appealing to a variety of musical tastes. Members are energized by an environment that fosters bonds of community, serving and respecting people of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. Vision Statement: NWAA offers both musical education as well as performance opportunities for a broad range of musicians, from grade three through adulthood. We believe that the discipline, camaraderie and pride instilled through music are valuable for people at any stage of their lives. We know that offering choral experience and education to singers of all skill levels creates a fertile environment for personal growth and for professional level performances, while fostering a healthy community among our membership and audience.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra logoNorthwest Symphony Orchestra: The Northwest Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1987. Since that time, the orchestra has received local, regional, and national acclaim, having been featured several times on National Public Radio and once on NBC’s Today Show. Music Director Anthony Spain and the NWSO have recorded two CDs (on the KOCH and Albany labels of New York). These CD’s have been highly praised by sources including the American Record Guide “…sound is beautiful, playing excellent” and Fanfare “... first class orchestra…This is a first class production all around”. Melinda Bargreen of the Seattle Times has described Dr. Spain and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra performances as “…strong, committed impassioned performances. “Shard” a CD of music by Michael Nicolella with the NWSO and Anthony Spain conducting, was voted CD of the month in the June/July 2006 issue of “Guitare Classique” in France. Mission: The mission of the NWSO is to be the premier orchestra in performing and promoting the music of contemporary northwest composers while also performing, and educating, the public in the full spectrum of classical music.

Para Los Ninos logoPara Los Niños: Para Los Niños is a grassroots community organization founded by members of the community it serves—the growing immigrant, Spanish-speaking population in South King County. Grupo Folklorico Citlali (under Para los Niños) Este es un groupo de baile folklorico para ninos y ninas en grados de primero hasta octavo.

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