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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.​

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

Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series

Sep 24 – Dec 10 2015

Night falls, and you come alive. The woman, the money, the chance of a lifetime—or a ticket to the big sleep. The world’s longest-running film noir celebration, called "The best series in Seattle film history" by Charles R. Cross, kicks off with an opening-night Top Pot Doughnuts party.​​​​​

SAM Films


Jan 7 – Mar 17 2016

We again team with Festa Italiana to present the earthy and elegant artistry of Italy's best filmmakers and actors. Take a winter vacation with Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti Toni Servillo and Clint Eastwood. All 35mm films in Italian with English subtitles.​

COMING UP 8 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 22 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 29 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 4 2015The Impressionist Cinema of Jean Renoir 5 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 12 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 19 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 3 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 10 2015Nightfall: The 38th Film Noir Series 7 2016Magnifico! Cinema Italian Style: Il Grido/The Cry 14 2016Magnifico! Cinema Italian Style: L'Avventura 21 2016Magnifico! Cinema Italian Style: I Fidanzati/The Fiances

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​ 8 2015Art of Jazz: Mays and Marvin Stamm Duo 16 2015"Breakthrough" Screening and Concert by Quinton Morris 5 2015Ladies Musical Club 12 2015Art of Jazz 3 2015Ladies Musical Club 7 2016Ladies Musical Club 14 2016Art of Jazz 4 2016Ladies Musical Club 3 2016Ladies Musical Club 7 2016Ladies Musical Club 5 2016Ladies Musical Club



Dueling bands. A silent dance party at the top of the escalators. A lone trumpet wailing in the contemporary galleries. Art making in every corner. Spoken word throwdowns in front of oil paintings. Tap and burlesque and contemporary dance. The only guarantee: no two Remixes are the same.

Held three​​ times a year (in the summer, get down in the Olympic Sculpture Park). Ages 18+.

Program Sponsors


Media Sponsors​

COMING UP​​​​​ 6 2015SAM 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​​​​ 15 2015SAM Talks: Colin B. Bailey and Kimerly Rorschach 23 2015SAM Talks: Why Do People Visit (or not Visit) Museums? 6 2015First Friday Lecture: Intimate Impressionism 12 2015SAM Talks: Brenna Youngblood and Sandra Jackson-Dumont 2 2015Renee Erickson & Jeffry Mitchell 4 2015First Friday Lecture: Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre" 10 2015Julia Dolan: The Punch of Punctum 4 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
Special guests—including visual artists, dancers, curators, critics, and more—are invited to select and discuss their favorite works of art in SAM's galleries. 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.

The ACCESS program provides monthly 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 ACCESS Tours​​​​​ 28 2015ACCESS Tour: Intimate Impressionism 25 2015ACCESS Tour: Intimate Impressionism 23 2016ACCESS Tour: Multi Sensory Tea Installation 24 2016ACCESS Tour: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic 27 2016ACCESS Tour: Undercover: Textiles From the Past and Present 25 2016ACCESS Tour: Olympic Sculpture Park 25 2016ACCESS Tour: Graphic Masters

View Calendar​​​​

Coming Up 7 2015 – Jan 10 2016Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art 8 2015My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Tours 10 – 11 2015Arts of Asia 10 – 11 2015Site, Sculpture, Shoreline: Discover Olympic Sculpture Park 15 2015Tea Ceremony Demonstration 17 – 18 2015Arts of Asia 17 – 18 2015Site, Sculpture, Shoreline: Discover Olympic Sculpture Park

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!​​​​​​​


The Boeing Company
Delta Air Lines

Park Benefactors

Jeffrey and Susan Brotman
John and Gwen McCaw
Faye Sarkowsky
Roberta Sherman
Jon Shirley and Kim Richter
Ann P. Wyckoff
Virginia Wright

Park Partners
Stuart and Lee Rolfe​​​​
​Mikal and Lynn Thomsen

Programming at the Olympic Sculpture Park is generously supported by Maggie and Doug Walker, and Martha Wyckoff and Jerry Tone.​