Burien Culture Hub

No Boundaries at Burien Community Center

Mon, 07 Jul 2014

Burien Community Center is pleased to present No Boundaries 2014, an exhibit showcasing artists with disabilities.

No Boundaries originated 23 years ago when Very Special Arts of Washington organized the 1st NW touring exhibit for artists with disabilities.  Through the years, No Boundaries has showcased hundreds of artists and traveled to exhibit their art in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and throughout Washington.  With the dedication of former VSAAW board president and Arts Ed Director Shariana Mundi, No Boundaries has continued beyond the life of the organization.  Now with the generous support from 4 Culture, the annual tradition continues, honoring and supporting Washington artists with disabilities, both Outsider and professional artists.

No Boundaries 2014: Living Metaphors is a celebration of our creative endeavors, of creation in action.  No Boundaries 2014 is a look at those who create, who see something in a moment, or forever, as no one has seen before.   Cultural metaphor, social metaphor or spiritual metaphor all stem from original nature, our beginnings in a natural world.   Eyes that can see back to those beginnings open doors to new understandingThrough the language of metaphorical image we express perception and thought which, in turn, shape culture. Inclusive Voices painting myriad metaphors create and portray the subtleties and textures of a whole community.

"Metaphor purifies and restores language to original nature." Claude Levi-Strauss 

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-8PM, Friday 8:30AM-5PM, and Saturday 8AM-Noon.  For more information please call 206-988-3700.

Jose Johann Bitancor's work on display at the Community Center

Mon, 02 Jun 2014

The Burien Community Center is hosting a new exhibit by artist Jose Johann Bitancor titled "ISTRUKTURA."

Jose Johann Bitancor is a Filipino painter and graphic designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Far Eastern University in the Philippines. Prior to his migration to the United States, his creative outputs were devoted entirely to the Applied Arts, particularly Exhibition Design and Collateral Design. Upon his first settlement in Memphis Tennessee, his innate inkling to work with his hands and play with materials has led to experiments in woodcarving and wire sculptures. He pursued a short stint at the University of Memphis-Tennessee to further increase his knowledge and feed his then growing appetite for the Fine Arts. His efforts quickly led to his participation in local art groups’ events and managed to receive a Portfolio Merit Scholarship from the Memphis College of Art-Tennessee.

To date, his works had been featured in a number of group exhibitions in the Philippines and in the US. Notable among which were those held at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Bliss on Bliss Art Projects in New York, A/NT Gallery in Seattle, the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Tennessee and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum and Bencab Museum.

Bitancor’s present oeuvre consists of two-dimensional exploration of linear, planar and textural compositions in a non-representational manner. His concerns consist of not only unifying chaotic elements in abstract compositions, but also injecting them with symbolic references to social realities.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of July.  Viewing hours

Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm
Friday 8:30am-5pm
Saturday 8am-noon

For more information the artist can be reached at johann_bit@yahoo.com.

Painting: "Des Moines," Jose Johann Bitancor.

Poetry on Buses

Thu, 08 May 2014

Poetry on Buses logo

4Culture announces the reprise of Poetry on Buses, one of the region’s most beloved public art programs. King County residents can now submit an original, short poem on the theme Writing Home. Poems will be accepted online at poetryonbuses.org through June 30. A selection of submitted poems will be featured on several Metro Transit RapidRide buses and online starting in November and running for 1 year.

For the first time in the program’s history, poetry writing workshops will be held to encourage members of the public to explore the project theme – what home means to them – and to submit a poem for consideration. Community liaisons and poets in the Latino, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese communities have been commissioned to work with 4Culture to create custom, bilingual workshops and outreach strategies. These four language communities of focus were selected on the basis of King County’s Language Tiers which identify the most common language needs in the County. 4Culture and Metro Transit are committed to developing and deepening relationships with cultural communities new to their services and to sharing information about transit and cultural resources.

Last held in 2007, this reboot of the program focuses on RapidRide, Metro Transit’s newest bus service, launching across six corridors between 2010 and 2014. Bus riders will experience poetry on the buses, as well as from their mobile devices using the WiFi Metro offers on its RapidRide fleet. The online poetry portal will showcase 365 multilingual poems, one a day for a year.

“This project is about local voices and art in our everyday lives,” says Tamar Benzikry of 4Culture. “It’s an open invitation for anyone, everyone in King County to see themselves as a poet and to ride the bus.”

Poetry on Buses

Poet Ky Huu Nguyen and Poetry on Buses Vietnamese Community Liaisons Khang Diep Do and Tu-Anh Phan. Photo by Timothy Aguero Photography.


Roberto Ascalon, the Poetry on Buses Poet Planner, also a local writer and teacher, is designing the series of bilingual poetry workshops in collaboration with 4Culture staff and other artists and community members.  Workshops will be facilitated by Ascalon, feature local community poets, explore culturally-specific poetic traditions, and offer writing exercises, transit and cultural resources, and refreshments. Writers of all levels are welcome.  Workshop information is available on the project website in 4 languages.

There are workshops all over the area. Here is info on the one in Burien:

Community Poetry Workshop featuring Latino poet Raúl Sánchez
June 14, 2014, 2 pm
Para los Niños, 425 SW 144th Street, Burien, WA 98166

Poetry on Buses

Photo by Timothy Aguero Photography.


Original poems related to the theme Writing Home will be accepted through June 30, 2014. Poems must be 50 words or less. One poem per King County resident. Poems may be submitted in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  All the rules are listed here.

This project is managed by Public Art 4Culture using Percent-for-Art Dollars allocated for the commissioning and management of artwork for shared public space.

Empty Bowls!

Tue, 28 Jan 2014

One of Burien's most popular community event, Empty Bowls provides an opportunty for people to acquire a work of hand-made ceramic art, while contrbuting support to local food banks. "Empty bowl" events are popular fundraisers across the country, and our Burien event is always well attended and a great success. The event is made possible by the City of Burien (and especially Gina Kallman, Cultural Arts Supervisor), the artists at Moshier Community Center, and Discover Burien.


Friday, January 31, 2014
Lunch served 11:00am-2:00am, Dinner served 4:00pm-8:00pm

Burien Community Center
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien

$15 (minimum) Adult Donation

$10 (minimum) Child Donation

Proceeds to benefit Highline & White Center Food Banks


Two Artists’ Photos Of ”The Sixties” Become Opening Show at Burien Arts Gallery

Wed, 02 Oct 2013

from the press release:

In the “Sixties”, Mark Daughhetee and Ken DeRoux were young men with cameras in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Each unknowingly managed to capture images that would turn into a powerful display of art and history. This October, their photographs will be the opening exhibit at the brand new Burien Arts Gallery located at 826 SW 152nd St in Olde Burien.

“We had the idea to do this show because we both had gone to school and lived in California in the Sixties and had both taken photographs as students-- photographs we had, for the most part, stored away.” - Ken DeRoux & Mark Daughhetee

The “Sixties” was a time of social change and upheaval. Much happened in a short time and with rippling effects: from civil rights actions, political assassinations and sit-ins, to rock and roll music, the sexual revolution and Pop art. A lot of the energy for this change was generated in California. "It's hard to exaggerate the power of the youth culture of that time," Daughhetee said, "the way it rose to power and took over."

That energy is visible in the show's deceptively simple images. The pictures present no agenda, only the straightforward memory of what the lens was pointed at when the shutter opened for an instant.

“FLASHBACK! Photographs from ‘The Sixties,’ San Francisco/Los Angeles” will be on display at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd St in Burien. The opening launch event will be Thursday, October 3rd from 4-8pm and the exhibit will show through October 31st. Gallery hours are noon to 7pm Wednesday - Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

About Mark Daughhetee: Mark Daughhetee has been making and exhibiting art for decades. With over 150 exhibitions to his credit he has participated in shows in 16 U.S. states, Russia and the former Soviet Far East. His work is represented in the permanent collections of art museums around the nation. A native of Los Angeles, Mark moved to Juneau, AK in 1977, where he served as the Curator of Exhibitions for the Alaska State Museum between 1986 and 2007. Mark relocated to Seattle in 2007 and held the position of Gallery Director for ArtsWest between 2011 and 2012.

About Ken DeRoux: Ken began studying photography in 1966 while a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. He was manager of Canyon Cinema Filmmakers’ Cooperative in the early 1970s and later was film curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He returned to his hometown of Juneau in 1978 where he worked at the Alaska State Museum and began painting. The artist relocated to the Seattle area in 2009 after a long career in Alaska as a museum curator and painter.

About Burien Arts: Burien Arts originally started the Strawberry Festival, brings you Shakespeare in the Park, arts workshops for student and teachers, 20/20 Art Happening, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, among other things…and NOW, The Burien Arts Gallery!

BURIEN ARTS proudly announces the opening of its new art gallery, at 826 152nd. St. in Olde Burien

Tue, 10 Sep 2013

from the press release:

Burien Arts, a local arts non-profit 501(c)3 since the 60’s will launch the opening of a new art gallery in October.  The gallery will be devoted to showing the works of established artists, emerging artists, and student art and will be the sole art gallery serving the Highline area.  Each month will feature a new exhibition.  Artists United will also show continuously in the Burien Arts Gallery.

"We are thrilled to again have an art hub in Burien," said Gina Bourdage, of Discover Burien. "It will not only bring cultural enrichment to the city, but also a positive economic impact to the surrounding businesses."

The Gala Opening for the Burien Arts Gallery (B.A.G.) will be Thursday, October 3rd from 4 – 8pm with the show FLASHBACK!  Photographs from “the Sixties”, Los Angeles/San Francisco by photographers Mark Daughhetee and Ken DeRoux. The new gallery space is located at 826 152nd St in Olde Burien. Bust out or borrow the bellbottoms, tie-dye and love beads and wear a flower in your hair!

Operating hours for the Burien Arts Gallery will be Wed. – Sat.  from 12 – 7pm, and Sunday from 12 - 5pm. On Monday and Tuesday the gallery will be closed.  Visit www.burienarts.org and Burien Arts’ facebook page for more information. 

About Burien Arts: Burien Arts originally started the Strawberry Festival, brings you Shakespeare in the Park, arts workshops for student and teachers, 20/20 Art Happening, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, among other things…and NOW, The Burien Arts Gallery!

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The Hi-Liners Presents Shrek, September 7th - 22nd, 2013

Wed, 07 Aug 2013

Tickets now on sale for SHREK THE MUSICAL presented by The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre MainStage. Full of all-new songs and great dancing, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22, Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 1:30, at the Highline Performing Arts Center. All seats reserved, tickets $12 to $28, group rate available. Tickets at www.hi-liners.org or call 206-617-2152

About Shrek: In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre-not a handsome prince-shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

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