Vashon Center for the Arts provides a home for many island non-profit organizations throughout the year.
VCA seeks to provide a community experience for everyone through partnerships with other arts organizations and non-profits who make use of our campus and facilities. Together with a wide array of partners, VCA brings a diverse and vibrant experience to all.
In 1976, a small, passionate group of Islanders put together an organization called Drama Dock – and established a long-term commitment to telling culturally-enriching stories through community theatre. Every show draws from Vashon’s rich resource of talented actors, singers, dancers, set-builders, visual artists, costumers and helpers of every age and stage. Drama Dock has produced over 100 shows, including 28 musicals!
A staged reading of Turn the Corner, George by Island author Jeannie Okimoto on April 4 at Bethel Church
Winghaven Park by Island author and songwriter Lisa Peretti, June 25-July 3 at VCA
Seattle Dance Collective (SDC) was founded in 2019 by Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Noelani Pantastico and James Yoichi Moore. The initial impetus came from their mutual desire to curate shows enabling them to work directly with certain choreographers and perform specific pieces that, to date, had eluded them. During the early, formative conversations, Noelani and James quickly expanded their organizational vision to include a commitment to create unique opportunities for dancers and choreographers to collaborate for artistic inspiration and growth. In addition to furthering the development of artists, SDC is also dedicated to expanding audiences and deepening their understanding of the art form. Through thought-provoking programs, SDC aims to provide the community with new access to the transformative power of dance.
Now in its 12th season, Vashon Chamber Music brings chamber music concerts to the residents of beautiful Vashon Island in Puget Sound as well as outreach concerts in schools and senior centers all over the Seattle area.
The Vashon Island Chorale engages, enriches, and unites our island community by providing opportunities for all people to participate in, learn about and enjoy fine chorale music.
The Vashon Island Chorale was established in 1989, and is dedicated to the promotion of fine choral music in the Vashon community. The repertoire of the Vashon Island Chorale focuses on major masterworks from the past four centuries. The Chorale also regularly presents works by local composers, including residents of Vashon Island and the greater Seattle area. Artistic partners have included members of Vashon Opera, the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra, the Portage Fill Big Band, and the Signature Brass Quintet. Dr. Gary D. Cannon has led the Chorale as Artistic Director since 2008.
Vashon Island Chorale is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For information about the group, contact board president, Jo Ann Bardeen, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-683-4556.
Vashon Island’s very own chamber orchestra presents family-friendly concerts throughout the year to highlight and feature the talents of local musicians and grow an appreciation for classical music. VMCO is directed by violinist Karin Choo and conductor Justin Cole.
Vashon Nature Center creates transformative nature experiences through community science, research, and education. We have a small staff and spend a lot of time out in the field working. Thank you for your understanding if it takes awhile to get back to you. We love connecting with people around nature and will respond when we can.
Vashon Opera’s mission is to enrich our community through the creation of opera in intimate settings. The Vashon Opera was founded in November, 2008 by a small collection of opera lovers who know opera can thrive on Vashon.
During Fall and Winter months, you can find VIGA’s Farmers’ Market indoors at Vashon Center for the Arts on Saturdays from 10AM-2PM. Featuring farm fresh produce and artisan goods grown and made on Vashon.
VIGA’s Mission is to promote farming, access to healthy food, and a sustainable agricultural economy on Vashon Island through education, advocacy, and a vibrant farmers market. VIGA brings community and local agriculture together.
Whim W’Him is an award-winning Seattle-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by Olivier Wevers, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and choreographer, that showcases innovative dance in collaboration with global artists. The company is committed to innovation, collaboration, and high caliber relevant art that engages and challenges audiences.
Whim W’Him has commissioned original works by Danielle Agami, Juanjo Arques, Andrew Bartee, Adam Barruch, Banning Bouldin, Jonathan Campbell, Brendan Duggan, Lauren Edson, James Gregg, Mark Haim, Joseph Hernandez, Larry Keigwin, Maurya Kerr, Alice Klock, Gabrielle Lamb, Loni Landon, Florian Lochner, MADBOOTS, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Madison Olandt, Joshua Peugh, Bruno Roque, Omar Román De Jesús, Ihsan Rustem, Penny Saunders, Zoe Scofield, Pascal Touzeau, Mike Tyus, Manuel Vignoulle, Kate Wallich, Dominic Walsh, Olivier Wevers and Yin Yue.