Welcome to the extraordinary world of Open Space for Arts & Community, where creativity and community come together to inspire, connect, and transform. At Open Space, we embody the spirit of YES!, enthusiastically encouraging innovation and artistic expression. More than a physical location, we are a dynamic, energetic hub of creativity, embracing both artists and the community with open arms. Our vibrant space is home to a variety of programs, events, and classes, all led by and for artists who are passionate about providing memorably extraordinary experiences.
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.
A Community for All
At Open Space, we invite you to become a part of our community and experience the magic for yourself. Our programs and events are thoughtfully designed to foster connections across ages and backgrounds. From aerial, jiu jitsu, yoga, and circus skills classes to a variety of arts workshops and projects hosted by the Vashon Maker Space and Vashon Tool Library, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Located in two spacious, converted warehouses, Open Space offers 23,000 square feet of flexible, interior space. The Grand Hall and the smaller Bruce Black Box Theatre, both designed with meticulous attention to acoustics and comfort, set the stage for performances and large scale events. Five multipurpose rooms cater to rehearsals, classes, meetings, and various creative endeavors.
Our buildings open to ten acres of natural beauty, with mountain views to the south of The Great Lawn, which is a three acre grassy meadow perfect for outdoor concerts and gatherings. The grounds feature a natural stage framed by majestic Douglas firs and picturesque gathering spaces tucked among wooded trails.
Open Space has been the stage for hundreds of events and productions, featuring both world-renowned artists and emerging talents. From sold-out performances by artists like Macklemore and Trevor Hall to community events including fundraisers, lectures, and celebrations of all kinds, we proudly serve as Vashon’s community gathering space. Through it all, we remain committed to supporting local nonprofit organizations, with over $2,500,000 raised under our roof.
L: Janet McAlpin and David Godsey launch their dream to create Open Space for Arts & Community. R: 2023, Janet and David with Executive Director Chuck Zimmer.
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.
Chuck Zimmer, Executive Director
Janet McAlpin, Creative Director
David Godsey, Creative Director
Larissa Webb, Director of Operations
Karen Chachkes, Outreach Director
Tavi Black, Technical Director
Elizabeth Klob, UMO Program Manager
Collin Veenstra, ORBIT Program Manager
Kristina Sternberg, Business Operations Manager
Jack Berthiaume, Communications Manager
Kathy King, Programming Coordinator
Natasha Blanchette, Operations Specialist
Sara Trivelpiece, Front of House Manager
Soup Rossignol, Technical Assistant
Kaden Lindstrom, ORBIT Program Assistant
Jason Zigmunt, Facilities Coordinator
Jiji Saunders, AAW Program Coordinator
Benny Zaglin, Assistant Technical Director
Kaycie Alanis, UMO Program Coordinator
Janet Welt, Night Light Drive-In Lead