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Founding Vision

"In 2006, we founded Open Space with the vision of providing a place where Vashon could gather in large numbers to celebrate the unbreakable bond between arts and community. Wary of the traditional not-for-profit system, we set out on the path of forging a new business model: a combination of private enterprise, grown from philanthropic investment, to serve the Vashon community. We have sought to build, equip and sustain our endeavor, not to make a profit. We are a unique community center—unusually configured and flexible, independent from traditional organized models, and committed to our place in the Vashon and regional community. This vision remains constant and strong." —Janet McAlpin and David Godsey, Founders

Inspired by the creative, compassionate and "can do" spirit of our Vashon home, we co-create extraordinary artistic and community-building experiences that enrich and inspire all involved.

We offer a lively and diverse range of arts, both on and off the stage. We proudly contribute to the success of fundraisers, classes, community meetings, and more. We welcome new ideas, and flexibility rules the day. Open Space for Arts & Community: led by artists, in service to our community, 'con vivo' – with life!