Located in Everett, Washington, the Schack Art Center is a free community visual arts center providing a variety of fine arts exhibits and public educational programming for the Snohomish County community. The vision for the Schack Art Center dates back to 1974, when local Puget Sound-area artists and arts advocates established the Arts Council of Snohomish County nonprofit organization for the promotion of the arts through community educational programming.
The organization refocused its programming in 1981 to center around visual arts classroom education for area students, support services for local artists, and free community gallery exhibitions showcasing emerging artists within the region. By the following decade, the Arts Council’s programming had expanded enough to merit the creation of a permanent gallery and programming space, and as a result, a decade-long $6 million capital fundraising campaign was embarked on in 2006 for the creation of a multipurpose regional arts center. The center, named in honor of prominent community philanthropists John and Idamae Schack, was officially opened to the public in April of 2011.
Permanent Exhibits and Attractions
Today, the Schack Art Center serves as a free admission community arts resource for the Snohomish County area, offering a variety of public art exhibits and community arts educational programming. The Center, which is still operated by the Arts Council of Snohomish County, was the 2014 recipient of the Washington Governor’s Award for the state’s Outstanding Arts Organization. Programming is offered for regional artists at all ages and ability levels, encouraging community members throughout the region to engage in the creative process.
A variety of permanent and rotating exhibit galleries are showcased at the Center, offering free admission to all community residents to view diverse works created by local and international professional and amateur artists. A Student Exhibit Gallery is offered to showcase emerging young student artists throughout the Snohomish County area, featuring up to 200 pieces at any given time and offering open studio space for student group classes. Other exhibits are offered on a rotating basis, with notable past exhibits featuring works created as part of community partnerships, such as the Interpretations exhibit, which highlighted the creations of youth at the city’s Denney Juvenile Justice Center, the Cocoon House Uturn drop-in center, and working as part of the Promising Artists in Recovery program. Retrospective exhibits have been featured periodically, including Looking Back: Honoring 25 Years of Artist of the Year, which showcased past recipients of the Center’s annual Artist of the Year award, and the historical Through the Lens: Everett's First Fifty Years in Photographs exhibit. Other exhibits have focused on marginalized groups within the Pacific Northwest community, including CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the PNW.
Open studio space is provided at the Center, including production studios for painting, ceramics, printmaking, metalsmithing, glassblowing, flameworking, and lapidary work. A Shack Shop onsite gift shop offers fine art and home decor gifts produced by more than 170 local and regional artists and crafters. Offsite exhibits hosted by the Center are also presented periodically at Everett’s Lynnwood Convention Center, with exhibitions rotated twice annually.
Ongoing Programs and Education
A wide variety of public classes and workshops are presented throughout the year at the Center, including courses in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, video and multimedia work, and printmaking. Specialized courses offer opportunities to work with the Center’s glassblowing equipment to learn flameworking, fused and kiln forming, and hot molten work techniques, while crafting and artisanship classes teach skills such as basketry, calligraphy, collage and mosaic work, fiber arts, jewelry silversmithing, leather work, and precious gemstone polishing and engraving. Mixed media courses and literary workshop groups are also offered, along with a variety of teacher workshops and artist professional development opportunities. Special youth courses are offered for students between the ages of 6 and 18, along with annual camp opportunities presented during school holidays.
K-12 educational programming offered by the Center includes curriculum-incorporated field trip opportunities for elementary and secondary school students, as well as traveling suitcase in-classroom programming and other outreach opportunities. An Art Alternatives outreach program offers art education workshops for incarcerated and homeless youth, while teacher education programs emphasize STEM and arts crossover curriculum principles for application in the classroom. Public special event programming includes after-hours Teen Nights events, an Artist’s Garage Sale, a Fresh Paint Festival, and a Schack-toberfest Halloween event. Annual awards and contests presented by the Center to honor local artists include a black-and-white photography contest, a Scholastic Art Awards program, and an annual $1,000 collegiate scholarship.
2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA 98201, Phone: 425-259-5050