Art Beat: Organizations that support youth in arts, plus Bird Fest, Garrison Keillor, Driftwood opening night

National Arts in Education Week – Sept. 8-14

Sept. 8 – 14 marks National Arts in Education Week, a national celebration recognizing the power of arts in education. Receiving its designation by Congress in 2010, the celebration is designed to bring attention to and support equitable access to the arts for all students. Students benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking and creativity, regardless of their age.

As kids and educators return to school, now is the perfect time to encourage all supporters of the arts and other cultural education. The research is clear: Communities that embrace the arts — dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts — benefit in more ways than one. Youth who participate in the arts are more likely to find success in career and education versus those who do not. Arts-rich schools and arts-infused communities willing to provide greater access to the arts will benefit, particularly if they focus on students often excluded from these opportunities.

Many organizations in the Edmonds arts community broaden access by supporting community artists, cultural programs and other arts education opportunities. Please consider supporting them generously.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation

The Edmonds Arts Festival, lauded as the most prestigious in the Pacific Northwest, is held annually on Father’s Day weekend. The festival attracts patrons and artists in its outdoor setting at the Frances Anderson building and playfield. Juried galleries and exhibitions combine nationally-recognized artists, amateur artists, kid-art and performance art for this free event.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, supported by the festival and other benefactors, is committed to supporting the arts locally. Its Community Grants program awarded as much as $20,000 last year to arts-related projects, services and programs. The applicants must be registered 501 (c) 3 organizations with projects or programs that benefit members of the community. The criteria for selection includes the projects or program’s audience, diversity, and uniqueness. Program participants include: DeMiero Jazz Festival; Edmonds Center for the Arts: Kidstock!; Phoenix Theater – Summer Acting Camp; among others.

Please consider donating to support the foundation’s efforts.

The Foundation recently gifted $50,000 to secure and establish a community art gallery in the new Edmonds Waterfront Center.

The Hazel Miller Foundation

Formed in 2009 to enrich the Edmonds community that the late Hazel Miller loved so much, the Hazel Miller Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation created to benefit Edmonds, its people and its community. The foundation’s mission is to support programs and projects that serve the public’s benefit, especially in the areas of education and youth services, poverty alleviation and hunger, civic and community services and amenities, the environment, diversity, culture, and the arts.

Hazel Miller Foundation grants serve non-profit organizations operating in Edmonds and South Snohomish County. The Foundation awards $500,000 annually to charities and non-profit organizations. Awarded grants supported many programs and services in the Edmonds community, including: Edmond Center for the Arts Education Series, Edmonds Jazz Connection, Imagine Children’s Theater, Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County; Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Edmonds Driftwood Players, EWHS Music Booster, Jazz Colony; Trinity Lutheran Church & YWCA Pathways for Women.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Edmonds Driftwood Players

Friday – Sunday, Sept. 13 – 29
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sundays, 2 p.m.

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
General $28, Senior/Youth/Military $25

Edmonds Driftwood Players start their 61st season at the Wade James Theater on Friday, Sept. 13 with opening night of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedan and Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak. The production has a rather large creative team led by director Adam Othman with musical direction by Mark Press.

The cast includes: Ingrid Sanai Buron, Katie Gary, David Goss-Grubbs, Spencer Lewis, Josh Pulley, Valerie Reinking, David Roby, Kyle Roecks, Christina Masson Ronquillo, Kristen Swenson, and Karin Terry. The Creative team, along with director Adam Othman and music director Mark Press, includes: choreography by Molly Hall, and fight choreography by Ken Michels; stage management by Julie Bryan; production management, Melody Mistlin and assistant Julie Adams; designers Curt Blood, Sarah Fairchild, Elizabeth Fleming, Rex Goulding, Nancy Johnson, Arian Smit, and Rick Wright.

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind….

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.

The 2014 musical won four Tonys with 10 nominations that year and is considered a must-produce for any theatre looking for a truly original and fresh new comedy that will delight audiences and leave them begging for more. Source: MTI Shows. 

Call 425-774-9600 or visit the Edmonds Driftwood website for tickets.

Puget Sound Bird Fest

Sept. 13 – 15,

Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.

Puget Sound Bird Fest, an annual celebration of birds and nature, returns to Edmonds Sept. 13 – 15. Edmonds is long known as a great place for birding year-round, with nearly 200 species visiting through migration and year-round residents.

The event is free, but limited space requires registration and tickets for special events. On Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tim Boyer is the festival’s keynote speaker, at the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St. His presentation is “Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration.”

Saturday, September 14, has a full listing of activities, speakers, and both guided and self-guided tours at parks and beaches in the area. Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be activities at the Frances Anderson Center — 700 Main St. — for kids and adults, with artists, exhibitors and merchants on display. Speakers present throughout the day at the Plaza Room, among other locations. Sunday’s offering include photography and sketching workshops, guided walks, and other demonstrations. See the event schedule for times and details. vent

Puget Sound Bird Fest photography

Now – Sept. 22
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Frances Anderson Center
Arts Commision Display Case
700 Main St., 2nd Floor

The Frances Anderson Center Arts Commision Display Case contains photography from Puget Sound Bird Fest.

Art Studio Tour – Preview

Edmonds Art Studio Tour Preview and Gallery

Until Sept. 22
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery
700 Main St., 2nd Floor

The Frances Anderson Galleries features art from the upcoming event  – Edmonds Art Studio Tour, being held Sept. 21-22. This free, annual, self-guided tour, sponsored in part by the Edmonds Arts Festival, provides an exclusive glimpse into 19 private art studios showcasing the work of 36 local artists.


An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

Friday Sept. 13
7:30 p.m.

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.
$30 – $50

Garrison Keillor is best known for his long-running weekly radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion.The show’s former pianist, Richard Dworsky, joins Keillor on stage to regale audiences with classic folk songs, poetry readings, observational comedy and his typical banter.

A Prairie Home Companion ran from 1974 to 2016, airing Saturdays from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minn. The product of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, the show was heard on nearly 700 radio stations during its peak, reaching as many as 4 million listeners in the spring of 2015.

“An Evening With Garrison Keillor” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, with Keillor delivering spontaneous singalongs, infectious laughter and perhaps the latest “News from Lake Wobegon”. 


It: Chapter Two (R)
Ending Sept. 19

Edmonds Theater
415 Main St.
$9 General (13-61), $8 Seniors (62+), & $7 Matinee/Child

It: Chapter Two continues its run at the Edmonds Theater this week. The movie runs twice daily. See listings for show times.

The sequel to the popular 2017 film, It, is based on a Stephen King horror novel fueling nightmares with creepy clowns since 1986. It: Chapter Two finds us twenty-seven years after Pennywise terrorized the Losers Club for the first time. A phone call returns them to the horror of their past, bringing them back to their hometown to conquer their deepest fears and destroy that Pennywise once and for all. Check listing for showtimes.


— By Royce Napolitino

Royce Napolitino actively pursues his passion for live performance. Easily entertained, he is always ready to offer a round of applause or a hearty laugh. Royce finds joy in the expression of art, and you may find him singing, acting or supporting other performing groups in Edmonds and around the Sound.

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