Open Space is where Vashon gathers to celebrate the unbreakable bond between arts and community. We co-create extraordinary artistic, community building experiences that enrich and inspire all involved.
We are an incubator for new ideas. We bring dreams to life.
We offer a lively diverse range of arts, and proudly contribute to the success of fundraisers, classes, community meetings and more.
We are led by artists, in service to our community.
art. heart. soul.
Open Space founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey have been performing artists in the Puget Sound region since they moved to Vashon in 1989. As artists on Vashon they knew first hand that the island needed a large, flexible, gathering place, big enough for hundreds to gather for celebrations, for classes, for aerialists to fly and performances of all kinds, a space with artists at the core that served the community at large.
In 2006, after years of searching, they purchased the former Stewart Brothers coffee warehouse property, and in 2008 opened the doors as Open Space for Arts & Community.
Over the past 10 years Open Space has grown and developed along with the Vashon community. The facility has hosted over 300 events and productions, including community events such as the Democratic caucuses in 2016 (with more than 2000 people), countless fundraisers, as well as artistic events such as sold-out appearances by Macklemore, Trevor Hall and other internationally renowned artists.
Open Space for Arts & Community has more than 23,000 square feet of flexible and professional spaces consisting of multiple rooms of various sizes. There are two theaters, a Grand Hall and a smaller black box theater, and 5 multipurpose rooms that are used for rehearsals, classes and meetings. The buildings are nestled on ten acres with three acres of grassy meadow for outdoor events.
Open Space currently produces burlesque shows, outdoor aerial performances, dances, concerts, gallery exhibitions and other arts and community events. Arts groups in residence at Open Space include the UMO Ensemble, the UMO School of Physical Arts, and Civic Rep Theater. Yoga and movement classes also are offered year-round. We host community gatherings, special occasions, weddings, artistic workshops and annual fundraisers for local nonprofit organizations.