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 these 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.
Little Blue and the Blue Notes
Saturday, November 24, 2018 | Mercer Island VFW, 1837 72nd Avenue SE | 7-11 pm | $15 at the door
Learn the "Simple, Super, Smooth Joy of Traveling Blues" at a dance lesson with Dean Paton and Jodi Fleischman. Then enjoy Little Bill and the Blue Notes, local favorites who have wowed audiences with their take on Rhythm & Blues since 1956. (Dance lesson included in ticket cost.)
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.