Edmonds Center for the Arts Programs
Over 100 performances and events occur at ECA annually. ECA’s presented season consists of performances by national and international artists. The balance of the events are presented by regional performing arts groups and rental clients. Programs include theatre, music, dance, comedy and lecture series; community forums, receptions and events.
ECA has established partnerships with Sno-King Community Chorale, Olympic Ballet Theatre, Cascade Symphony and Edmonds Community College. ECA’s partner organizations are offered the use of the professional, high-tech venue at a reduced rate, as well as promotional opportunities, box office/ticketing and front-of-house support. This helps the organizations to build audience and increase the service provided to patrons, while maintaining their artistic autonomy and the integrity of their work.
ECA coordinates outreach programs by professional touring artists for local students to enhance curriculum and allow students the opportunity to work with and learn from professional artists. ECA also presents student matinee performances to schools at a significantly reduced price, including our new Arts for Everyone program which provides $2 tickets to matinees shows for schools with a large percentage of students on Free and Reduced Lunch. Performance schedules are catered to fit well into the school day and the content has strong curriculum ties. Teachers are offered study guides to accompany the productions to enhance the learning opportunities for their students and assist in post-performance discussions.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In its short existence, ECA is already a cornerstone of the Edmonds community. With a beautiful facility, a historic campus (a portion of which has not yet been renovated), and strong community support, we are experiencing continued successes each year and increasing our impact daily. We are thrilled to be reaching more people regionally, as demonstrated by our expanding patron base. Over the last two years, we have expanded our education and outreach programs to complement our presented artist season and better serve the youth in our community. Thanks to generous grants from the Hazel Miller Foundation and The Boeing Company, we have a robust student matinee series with shows for elementary to high school students, Summer Arts Enrichment Camps, a Family Series, outreach in the schools with professional artists and an annual, free, family arts event. We are now exploring ways to expand programming to serve families and young adults more fully. ECA faces challenges associated with the condition of the Center’s facilities (beyond its state-of-the-art theatre) such as water intrusion from the roof over the gymnasium and school building.