There's room for artists to make their mark in a city that welcomes creativity. We want artists to come to Burien and feel confident in their ability to express themselves and leave a lasting impact on the community.
The City has taken active steps to make it easier for artists to thrive here. The Arts-A-Glow Downtown Art Walk is just one example. During this unique festival, local artists create light installations, place art in businesses and interact with art lovers carrying lanterns as they explore art throughout the city. In addition to annual events and a weekly farmer’s market where artists can display and sell their works, Burien is in the planning stages of developing a Creative District and multi-use artist space.
Join the Northwest Symphony Orchestra & Emerging Artists in Burien
Burien’s thriving arts scene is also home to renowned institutions like the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra is a case study for why artists thrive in Burien. Based in Burien, they perform at the Highlight Performing Arts Center, receive funding from the City, and have played an incredible role in promoting northwest composers throughout the United States and the world. Having received 8 ASCAP awards under the direction of Music Director, Dr. Anthony Spain, they broke ground by bringing local composers into the realm of public consciousness. “People are looking for local arts. The mission of the orchestra is to connect with the community and one of the ways we do so is to perform a lot of Northwest composers. We are looking to expand this by also featuring multicultural dance troupes during our performances,” said Spain. Part of the planning group for the Creative District, Dr. Spain said, “Burien is attractive for artists because it’s growing, developing its identity and there is space for the arts to be a part of creating that identity. We saw that potential and the Orchestra has thrived.” You can thrive here too. You Belong Here. Contact us to find a studio, gallery, or performing arts space in Burien.
“Burien is attractive for artists because it’s growing, developing its identity and there is space for the arts to be a part of creating that identity. We saw that potential and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra has thrived."
— Dr. Anthony Spain, Conductor and Founder, Northwest Symphony Orchestra