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Our History

The artEAST Art Center was founded in 2005 as the Arts Collective of Issaquah by a small group of local artists who believe that whether we are viewing an exhibition, learning a new technique or expressing our creativity, art enriches our lives and creates energy and optimism.

In November 2010, artEAST moved from a small gallery space to a new 3200 square foot art center located in the heart of downtown Issaquah. Nestled between the I-90 corridor and the Issaquah Alps, the art center is centrally located in the historic downtown core and within walking distance of many of the city’s civic assets including the library, parks, schools, community center, tourist attractions, and city government.  Moving to this prime location positions the artEAST Art Center as a vital community hub where the visual arts and the community can meet. From this building – and future annex locations – we serve the artists and the communities in the greater Eastside as a visual arts learning center, exhibition center, and community gathering place.

Each year, our art center exhibits the work of more than 300 artists, hosts 160 classes, workshops, and community events and greets upward of 10,000 visitors.

Neighborhoods thrive where the arts are present and we are excited to be a catalyst for the creation of a vibrant and enduring visual arts community. We are powered by members of extraordinary vitality and purpose-driven spirit. We are creative, engaging, inclusive, thought-provoking, and fun.

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