Seattle Arts & Lectures

Seattle Arts & Lectures
Founded: 1987

To deepen and expand our experience of the world by fostering the exploration of ideas and emotions through language.

About the Organization:
Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) was founded to expand the understanding, appreciation, and visibility of the literary arts in the Puget Sound region. Its programs exceed traditional boundaries to reach grandparents and grandchildren, new learners and university professors, Nobel laureates and first-time novelists, students and teachers, as well as residents of cities, suburbs, and rural communities throughout the region.

Current Programs:
The annual Literary Lecture Series presents celebrated writers and artists, who discuss their work and issues in contemporary culture in Benaroya Hall, home to the Seattle Symphony. Writers in the Schools (WITS) places professional writers in year-long residencies in public middle and high schools to improve reading and creative writing. WITS writers-in-residence work with teachers to devise a curriculum in which students create, present, and receive peer feedback on short stories, poems, and essays, and learn to view language as a way of identifying and expressing their own thoughts. Currently in nineteen schools and three school districts, WITS serves nearly 7,500 students and two hundred teachers.

Wednesday University, a program of SAL and the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, offers courses in the arts and humanities at the University of Washington; UW professors teach the courses to everyone from high school students to senior citizens. Teachers as Scholars provides professional development seminars in the humanities for K-12 teachers. And SAL's annual poetry series hosts readings, on-stage interviews, and book signings.

Web Site:
The SAL Web site features programs (see above), an events calendar, author archive, and links to local and national literary resources, organizations, and publications.

SAL is supported primarily by foundation grants, followed by individual gifts, and corporate underwriting. Ticket sales account for less than 40 percent of its annual operating budget.

Contact: Margit Rankin, Executive Director
Phone: (206) 621-2230
Fax: (206) 623-0065