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Community Partners


SAM actively works to connect art to life by listening to our visitors and community and responding to your impressions. Our community outreach efforts expand the ways we welcome the community, deepen the SAM experience for our visitors, and strengthen our partnerships. 

We’re working to make the arts a part of everyday life for people of all backgrounds and cultures.​​​


The Education & Community Engagement Committee is charged by the Board of Trustees at the Seattle Art Museum to make the museum a more inclusive place that welcomes diversity and reflects this diversity in all aspects of its operations and programming. The committee works with staff to meet this challenge by developing and implementing plans that encourage heterogeneity among trustees, staff, and volunteers of the museum. It also works to increase diversity in programming, membership, and visitors to the museum.

The committee supports the goals and objectives of the museum’s education and public programs, including those related to special exhibitions, teens, families, schools, educators, films, community outreach, and academic activities.

The committee includes community representatives, members of the Board of Trustees, the Chairman of the Docent Committee and the Chairman of the Volunteers Executive Committee. From time to time, it receives and reviews reports from the staff on the museum’s education, public, academic, and outreach programs.


SAM hosts meeting for people to get involved in our work and vice versa. The meetings give our larger community a sense of the breadth and depth of the exhibitions SAM has on view. They're a great opportunity to brainstorm potential programmatic and marketing partnerships to​​ drive our community's creative and economic vitality.​​


Get Involved

SAM offers community organizations many ways to be involved at the museum. Whether stopping by for a onetime visit or forming a long-lasting relationship, SAM values community organizations. 

If you're interested in connecting with SAM, please email us! We'd love to hear from you.​


Community Days and Nights at SAM

Community Days & Nights

SAM’s Community Days and Nights Out are active events, full of art-making activities, live music, storytelling, performances, and family-friendly art tours—all with the participation of SAM’s community partners! These art cele​brations are guaranteed to get families inspired, moving, creating, and connecting with the community.

Día De Los Muertos

Community Days & Nights

Every year at SAM, Fulgencio Lazo and a team of local artists design a unique tapete (sand painting) to celebrate Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The art and traditions of Día de los Muertos a​im to help us accept death as a part of life. Traditionally, people make beautiful altars called ofrendas (offerings), which are usually decorated with candles, flowers, water, bread, and fruit. At SAM’s Día de los Muertos, you will hear traditional songs, enjoy fresh food, participate in art-making activities, and get moving on the dance floor!​


Naramore Seattle Public Schools

Each year, SAM showcases the tremendously creative artwork of 150 middle​ and high school student artists in the first floor Community Corridor. A time-honored tradition, this student exhibition bears the last name of Floyd J. Naramore, an architect who designed local public schools from 1919 to 1941. SAM and Seattle Public Schools are very proud to honor these students’ creativity with them, their families, SPS art specialists, and all of our broader communities.​


Ladies Musical Club

On the first Thursday of the month, Seattle’s oldest arts organization presents ​classical music performed by club members and special guests.​​​​​​​​


image of students looking at art in the Community Corridor

The Seattle Art Museum's first floor Community Corridor is a free public space dedicated to community building and celebration of the voice and visions of youth (K–12th grade), with the exception of the yearly SAM Volunteer show. The Community Corridor is located on the first floor of the Seattle Art Museum and can be found off the South Hall entrance.

How can I participate?

Are you interested in displaying artwork in SAM’s Community Corridor Gallery? Check out our guidelines and FAQ before completing your application.​​​​​​​


Free & Discounted Museum Passes

SAM believes in increasing accessibility to the arts for all communities; passes are available for groups that serve low-income and no-income communities. You may also request passes to introduce your community to SAM.

Please review the colleges and universities section closely if you are requesting passes for students.

Once you complete the online request form, you will receive an automated reply and a follow-up email from a SAM representative within five to seven working days. All pass requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Free and discounted museum passes are limited and have some restrictions; these limits and restrictions are subject to change.

Please only request free and discounted museum passes for individuals associated with your organization. Requested passes must be for the public good and not purely for personal use.

SAM will not process requests for more than 100 passes. Please email us if you have questions.

All K–12 school groups need to visit the museum through Schools Tours & Workshops​.

Colleges and Universities

College and university professors are eligible to request passes for their classes that have required course work involving visits to SAM's collection and special exhibition galleries. Please note that SAM can only provide one free​ visit to the special exhibition galleries for college and university classes. Other subsequent visits are eligible for discounted passes (fees may vary) upon request.

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