2020 Impact Report Open Space for Arts and Community


Open Space is where Vashon gathers to celebrate the unbreakable bond between arts and community. We co-create extraordinary artistic, community-building experiences that enrich and inspire all involved.


We are an incubator for new ideas. We bring dreams to life.

We offer a lively diverse range of arts, and proudly contribute to the success of fundraisers, classes, community meetings and more.

We are led by artists, in service to our community.


$40,000 distributed to 60 artists and craftspeople

!Attention! Artists at Work (AAW) is a jobs program led by Open Space for Arts & Community in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. The goal of the program is to hire artists during this challenging economic time.

!Attention! Artists at Work is comprised of multiple projects, two of which began in 2020:

!Attention! Artists at Work Projects


Hired 21 Artists and Craftspeople to create 45 panels

45 panels created

Inspired by large public murals and the AIDS quilt, Open Space commissioned 21 artists who created 45 individual panels based on the theme "Backyard Universe." View this collaboration on display at Open Space for Arts and Community.


Bob Horsley, Carolina Silva, Cyra Jane, Donna J Caulton, Hope Black, Jackie Merrill, Kate Shinn, Kathleen Webster, Kristen Reitz-Green, Lenard Yen, Lori Walters, Madeleine Schroeder, Odin Lonning, Paulina Barry, Pearl Berry, Pedro Alvarez, Robert Passig, Rowan Schroeder, Sharon Shaver, Vera Schöpe, Julia Montagnet

Thank you to our partners at Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA).

Photo by Jack Berthiaume


17 pop up appearances

27 artists plus a team of videographers, photographers, and techs

1,060 estimated drive-by "audience"

The Distance Dance project highlighted dance and awe-inspiring physical performance through the summer and fall of 2020. Choreographers worked with dancers to put on a series of physically distant and safe pop-up appearances around the island this summer.


Allison Trundle, Esther Edelman, Martha Enson, Lynelle Sjoberg, Leah Mann, Lelavision, Karen Nelson, Kristen Tsiatios, Mik Kuhlman


Photos by Dawn Stief and Jeff Dunicliff


2,165 tests performed

1,900 people tested

20% of the Island population tested at Open Space

Open Space for Arts and Community is proud to be a COVID-19 testing facility on the Island in partnership with VashonBePrepared, Vashon Medical Reserve Corps with the assistance of the Citizens Emergency Response team, and the EOC logistics team.

“The Nose Knows” - Mik Kuhlman Productions with support from Vashon’s EOC. Nose on loan from the UMO Ensemble. Swab by Patricia Toovey. Photo by Michelle Bates.
“From the moment I first encountered this fantastic organization in 2012, I’ve been struck by its creative energy, collaborative ethos, and catalyzing presence. Open Space knows how to make things happen, and its enchanting tentacles extend into so many different artistic disciplines and beyond.”

— Angie Louise, Singer-Musician / Writer-Composer / AEA Actor Bandleader, The Love Markets http://www.thelovemarkets.com http://www.angielouise.com

Photo by Dave Haskell



In its inaugural season spanning July to September, over 1,000 vehicles parked in our field for Night Light Drive-In.

THE BEFORETIMES (January/February 2020)

ReNEWal Year’s Eve

2019-2020 marked the fourth year of ReNEWal Year’s Eve at Open Space. It turned out to be our biggest yet! Partygoers split their time between revelry and rejuvenation, including live music, massage, tea and cacao tasting, dancing, sound immersion, childcare, and more!

Photos by Michelle Bates

14/48 - VASHON EDITION 2020

40 artists participated

14/48 Vashon Edition brought 40 island and off-island artists together to team up and test their skills! Participants chose a theme by completing this sentence: “Theater would be a lot more interesting if there were seven ten-minute plays about _____.” By the end of the weekend, participants created and performed 14 unique plays in 48 hours.

Photos by Michelle Bates


Internationally renowned singer-sophisticate Rizo returned to Vashon with her distinct and luscious performance style for one special evening on Friday, January 31st. Rizo — who released Indigo, her second album, in 2017 — has collaborated with Moby, Reggie Watts, and Yo-Yo Ma on his Songs of Joy & Peace album, which won a Grammy Award.

“Open Space for Arts and Community’s mission resonates deeply for me, my family and our island. O Space provides myriad opportunities to experience art of all kinds while simultaneously building and supporting community. That committed, vital, holistic artistic vision and innovative work is what keeps me coming back for - and giving - more.”

— Cathy Sarkowsky

Photo by Dawn Steif


UMO Ensemble and UMO School

Housed at Open Space, the UMO School of Physical Arts seeks to inspire creative possibility and recognize students’ creative force by giving them a safe place to learn and a variety of tools based on UMO’s dynamic physical theatre.

Vashon Tool Library and Maker Space

The Vashon-Maury Tool Library is a community resource designed to support and promote shared use of tools on Vashon and Maury Islands. All tools and furnishings have been donated by islanders to benefit the community, and staffing is entirely done by volunteers. Authorized members can borrow any tool from our collection to use in their own projects.

Vashon Theatre

Open Space for Arts and Community and Vashon Theatre teamed up to bring the drive-in movies to Vashon this summer. Located on the great lawn at Open Space, the Night Light Drive In was an affordable and physically distant way for Vashon to gather.

Immigrant/Refugee Rights Group of Indivisible Vashon

Indivisible Vashon is a grassroots group focused on progressive legislative action, support of progressive candidates for office, and protection of immigrants & refugees.

Vashon Center for the Arts

For the fourth year in a row, Open Space for Arts and Community and Vashon Center for the Arts joined forces to bring you 14/48 - Vashon Edition. In 2020, rehearsals were conducted at VCA, and performances at Open Space.

"We give to Open Space because it serves such a breadth of needs. From supporting the arts in the lives of adults and youth to opening up their facility to the community for COVID testing, Open Space is there to provide Vashon residents ways to express joy and community and to protect our health and safety. It is a wonderful organization, run by the very best people."

— Lanora & Charley Rosenberry

Painting by Sharon Shaver, Photo by Michelle Bates


Your support and participation in 2020 made our programming possible.

49% increase in donations over 2019

56% of donors were first-time donors

76% increase in pledges over 2019



Over 4x increase in grants over 2019

4Culture • ArtsWA • Washington State Department of Commerce • King County Local Services • Royal Little Family Foundation • Beardsley Family Foundation

GiveBig & Giving Tuesday

Up 290% from 2019, beating our goal!

The Big O Fundraiser

$59,897 Raised

YOU make it all happen!

Thank you for giving generously!

Photo credits

All photos of the Mural Project and Covid-19 testing site by Michelle Bates, unless otherwise noted.

Distance Dance photos by Dawn Steif and Jeff Dunicliff