Arts Council Programs and Events
From concerts to theater, gallery exhibits to author events, the Mercer Island Arts Council curates and sponsors a variety of opportunities for patrons of all ages to connect with arts, culture, and creativity on the Island throughout the year. Visit this page often for details about upcoming series, special events, new programs, and more.
ideaX @ Mercer Island Library
The Arts Council partnered with King County Library System to present ideaX, a series of programs aimed at unleashing the creativity in all of us. On three Saturdays this fall, drop in and connect with emerging technology, music, and more during three creative learning opportunities at Mercer Island Library.
Saturdays (dates listed below) | Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE | 1-3 pm | FREE
September 15: Stop-Motion Animation
Create a stop-motion animation video using only an app and your imagination. Move clay and Lego figures in small increments between individual frames. Play the frames in a speedy sequence and watch your story come alive!
October 13: Get Creative with 3D Pens
Pull your doodles off the page with 3D pens! Stop by to make 3D art, and then take your creations home with you.
November 10: Ukulele Start-Up Music Workshop
It's hard not to love the happy-sounding, quaintly sized ukulele, but how do you play it? Start with the basics during this workshop. Learn to tune and hold your ukulele, and soon you'll be playing easy chords. Ukuleles provided, or bring your own.
Community Dances Hosted by Northwest Dance Network
Lace up your dancing shoes and show off your skills! The Arts Council teamed up with Northwest Dance Network, a local nonprofit committed to inspiring the art, joy, and excellence of non-competitive social dance, to present two community dances on the Island.
Stickshift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives
Saturday, September 22 | Mercer Island VFW, 1837 72nd Avenue SE | 7-11 pm | $15
This popular quintet thrills audiences with their swing sound and sprinkles of blues, cha-cha, Foxtrot, rumba, and more. Are your moves a little rusty? Don’t fret; Sean “Gator Boy” Donovan and Nancy Fry will teach a pre-dance workshop on swing-dance variations from 7-8 pm. (Dance lesson included in ticket cost.)
Check back soon for details about the second dance on Saturday, November 24.
Art Talk: French Impressionism with Rebecca Albiani
Wednesday, October 17
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street | 7-8 pm | $10
Tickets available at www.mercerislandsistercity.org soon!
Explore French Impressionism with well-known art lecturer Rebecca Albiani. A frequent speaker at the Frye Museum of Art, Albiani received her MA from Stanford University and BA from the University of California, Berkeley. This program is presented in partnership with the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Enjoy refreshments provided by MISCA following the lecture.
More details about the topic for this presentation will be shared soon, so stay tuned!
Beowulf: An Epic Poetry Reading & Study
Saturdays, November 10 & 17 | Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street
1:30-4:30 pm | $14 | Register online here or call 206.275.7609
Beowulf as Hero and King. Grendel as Monster. Join instructor Robert Fahrer and read Seamus Heaney's brilliant translation of the epic poem Beowulf, originally written in the eighth century. Study this powerful story and grasp why "hero" is a meaningful concept in today's world. Fahrer will explore ideas of loyalty, evil, and more during this two-part workshop.
Copies of Heaney's Beowulf available at Island Books.
Visit the Mostly Music in the Park and Classics on Film pages for more information on those annual series.