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Pu​blic Programs at SAM

There's something happening and you don't want to miss it. So jump in—ask questions, offer opinions, paint, draw, sketch, learn, listen, dance, tour, meet the artists, perform. Find the thing that's right up your alley, or try something entirely new.​

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SAM Creates

SAM Creates SAM Creates

These workshops provide a forum for artists to explain the philosophies underlying their work and for you to delve into the artistic, practical, or quirky processes at work in your daily lives.​​​​​​

SAM Films

For more than 30 years, SAM has offered some of the most innovative film programming in the country. SAM screens films that explore a diverse cross-section of artists and genres.

SAM Films

Cinema de Paris: Loving French Film

Mar 31 – May 26 2016

SAM and Alliance Française present a salute to Paris, the city of light, champagne, kisses and joie de vivre. The series features the Seattle restoration-premieres of seven films by Claude Sautet, who—with vitality and wisdom—explores the "heart of things" the everyday challenges and loves of people seeking the good life.

Sautet spotlights actors Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli, Gerard Depardieu, Jean-Paul Belmondo and the luminous Romy Schneider (in three films). The series also presents the warm Parisian humanism of directors Jacques Becker, Claude Autant-Lara and Francois Truffaut.

Films in French with English subtitles, 35mm and Digital Cinema.

The film series is generously supported by the Bagley and Virginia Wright Endowment and The Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Film and Education Endowment. Additional support provided by David and Catherine Eaton Skinner and Aron Michael Thompson.

COMING UP May 5 2016Cinema de Paris: Max et les Ferrailleurs May 12 2016Cinema de Paris: Cesar and Rosalie May 19 2016Cinema de Paris: Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others May 26 2016Cinema de Paris: Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud Jul 7 2016Cary Grant For President: The Awful Truth Jul 14 2016Cary Grant for President: Bringing Up Baby Jul 21 2016Cary Grant for President: Arsenic and Old Lace Jul 28 2016Cary Grant for President: My Favorite Wife Aug 4 2016Cary Grant for President: Blandings Builds His Dream House Aug 11 2016Cary Grant for President: Charade

SAM Performs


SAM Performs features a wide range of styles, genres, and disciplines. Performances are often accompanied by discussions among artistic collaborators. 

Art of Jazz

Art of Jazz

​Every Second Thursday of the Month
Hear some of the best local and national jazz live in the Brotman Forum, plus sign up to win fabulous prizes from KPLU.

​Art of Jazz is presented in collaboration with Earshot Jazz; sponsors are Earshot Jazz and KPLU 88.5.

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

Tea Ceremony

​Third Thursdays, 5​:30 pm & Third Sundays, 2:30 pm. Note: there are no tea ceremonies in January, August, or December.

Experience chado, "the W​ay of Tea," in the superbly crafted teahouse in the museum galleries at the Seattle Art Museum. Since the 16th century, chado has provided artistic inspiration and spiritual reflection. This time-honored living art brings a fresh paradigm for thoughtful and harmonious living.​​​​

COMING UP​ May 12 2016Art of Jazz May 15 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration May 19 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Jun 9 2016Art of Jazz: Happy Orchestra Jun 16 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Jun 19 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Jul 17 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Jul 21 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Sep 15 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Sep 18 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration Oct 6 2016Ladies Musical Club Oct 16 2016Tea Ceremony Demonstration


COMING UP​​​​​ Aug 26 2016SAM Remix


SAM Talks

A timely and innovative forum that addresses​ pressing issues in art and society, SAM Talks bring together some of the most compelling thinkers on a given cultural subject, and include lectures by artists, critics, curators, and scholars related to the work in SAM’s special exhibitions, First Friday Lectures, and Art + Environment Panel discussions.​​​

COMING UP​​​​ May 4 2016Complex Exchange: Media | Representation May 6 2016First Friday Lecture May 11 2016Below the Surface with Martha Rosler Jun 2 2016Dark Blue: Indigo and Untended Consequences Jun 3 2016First Friday Lecture



Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are FREE with museum admission.

People and Places at SAM: Exploring SAM's Galleries
View creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’S collections.

In Focus Gallery Talks
These gallery discussions focus on a single gallery, allowing the visitor to experience works of art in-depth. Topics rotate regularly. 30 minutes.

My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things tours bring some of the most opinionated, brilliant and fascinating artists, cultural producers and community figures into the galleries to discuss their favorite works of art. 30 minutes.

Special Exhibitions
Explore the special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum on these tours designed to illuminate exhibition themes and present diverse perspectives on the art on view. 60 minutes.

Art Beyond Sight Tours​
The Art Beyond Sight program provides regular tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, please email us.​​

Upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours​​​​​ May 25 2016Art Beyond Sight Tour: Olympic Sculpture Park Jun 25 2016Art Beyond Sight Tour: Graphic Masters

View Calendar​​​​

Coming Up Feb 17 – Sun May 8 2016Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Tours May 5 2016People and Places: Exploring SAM’s Galleries May 5 2016My Favorite Things Tour May 6 2016My Favorite Things: Art, Activism, & Education with Julie Trout May 7 – Sun 8 2016Arts of Asia May 7 – Sun 8 2016Site, Sculpture, Shoreline: Discover Olympic Sculpture Park May 7 – Sun 8 2016People and Places: Exploring SAM’s Galleries May 7 2016My Favorite Things: Jazmyn Scott May 8 2016My Favorite Things: Marcus Johnson May 14 – Sun 15 2016Arts of Asia May 14 – Sun 15 2016Site, Sculpture, Shoreline: Discover Olympic Sculpture Park May 14 – Sun 15 2016People and Places: Exploring SAM’s Galleries

School Tours​

Are you an educator? You can find school tour information here.​​​​​​


Gardner Center

Offering dynamic public programs at the Asian Art Museum, the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas hosts events to ​explore the vast diversity of Asia, its presence in the world, and the wide range of artistic expression. From history and culture to global health and urban design, we exchange ideas about challenging contemporary issues. We also invite you to experience a range of artistic expression related to Asia.

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Park Season

The rain has gone on summer-long hiatus, the sun is out, and the grass is finally green—it's summer season at the Olympic Sculpture Park! Catch live music, dance ‘til dusk, enjoy food from Seattle’s best food trucks, do yoga in the park, make art, or go on a tour. When you're ready to take it easy, sprawl out under monumental sculptures like Alexander Calder’s The Eagle or take a quiet walk with breathtaking views of the mountains and water.

Park Season

Every Thursday (starting July 9) from 6 to 8​ ​pm, experience live bands on the lawn, art-making activities geared toward all ages, and tours of the park by curators and artists. Grab a bite from some of Seattle’s best food trucks or from Taste.

Park Season

Bring your family to the park on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm to sketch outdoors. Check the calendar for special Saturday hands-on workshops throughout the summer.

Do yoga in the park on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am​. Bring your mat, and be prepared to participate rain or shine. Check the calendar for special yoga sessions geared toward families.

FREE and open to the public!​​​​​​​

Programming at the Olympic Sculpture Park is generously supported by Maggie and Doug Walker, and Martha Wyckoff and Jerry Tone.​ Jul 7 2016Summer at SAM: Kickoff Jul 9 2016Summer at SAM: Saturdays at the Park Jul 14 2016Summer at SAM: Members Appreciation Night Jul 16 2016Summer at SAM: Saturdays at the Park Jul 21 2016Summer at SAM: Dog Night Jul 23 2016Summer at SAM: Family Festival Jul 28 2016Summer at SAM: Thursdays at the Park Jul 30 2016Summer at SAM: Saturdays at the Park Aug 4 2016Summer at SAM: Bike Night Aug 6 2016Summer at SAM: Saturdays at the Park Aug 11 2016Summer at SAM: Sculptured Dance Aug 13 2016Summer at SAM: Saturdays at the Park