empowering young voices and building community through creativity. 

ORBIT Youth Space provides free access and a safe space for arts, music, and self-expression for youth on Vashon Island. ORBIT works in collaboration with other island youth organizations to provide a facility for youth events, fundraisers, camps, and meetings.

We are excited to offer Vashon Middle – High Schoolers a welcoming, inclusive, FREE! space for weekly after-school creativity and connection. See below for more details on our weekly programming. All ORBIT programming includes free supplies and snacks for youth!

Check our Instagram for updates or cancellations

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Current Weekly Programming

ART MONDAYS 3-6pm @ ORBIT

Come hang out and learn new forms of art every Monday from 3-6pm.We’ll have a new art/crafty activity each week. Youth can try them out or use our stockpile of art supplies to make something independently!

Open to middle and high school age youth of all backgrounds and identities. Art supplies and snacks are provided. Free!

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KICKBOXING TUESDAYS 3:15 – 4:15PM @ UMO

*ON BREAK – STARTS BACK 4/23/24!

Weekly drop-in kickboxing class for youth 12-19 by certified kickboxing instructor Axel Sullivan. Co-sponsored by UMO and ORBIT. Check-in at the UMO front desk to join!

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Q CLUB LGBTQIA+ Wednesday 3-6PM @ ORBIT

Activities & discussion related to LGBTQ+ identities and experiences, including our weekly Q Club Tea Time Check-in at 3:30 – a space to share about your week & talk about important topics!

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NERD NIGHT THURSDAYS 3-6PM @ ORBIT!

Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, tabletop games, & Anime Club (1st & 3rd Thursday each month). Open to beginners & experienced players – come play, teach, & learn!

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MUSIC CLUB FRIDAYS 3-6PM @ ORBIT

Music Social Hour from 3-4 to share music, songwriting, & help plan ORBIT shows. ORBIT Music Club open jam from 4-6pm. Bring your instrument or use one of ours from the Vashon Music Library and rock out!

Music Club is made possible with support from the Vashon Musical Instrument Library. Email orbit@openspacevashon.com for info

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ORBIT Partners

ORBIT hosts events by island organizations like Vashon Youth and Family Services, Vashon DOVE Project, Vashon Library, Journeymen/OneVillage, school clubs, and more. ORBIT partnered with Seattle’s LGBTQ center, Lambert House to host youth drop in nights and group discussions in 2020.

GET INVOLVED!

ORBIT’s mission is to empower young voices, and fulfilling that mission means providing opportunities for groups to create advocacy, education, fundraisers, workshops, and arts and music events for other organizations. Are you a part of a group that wants to host an all ages event? Get in touch!

Please read our ORBIT Community Agreements.

Contact Collin Veenstra ORBIT Program Manager at collin@openspacevashon.com or send a DM to our Instagram @orbit_openspace.

DONATE

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Past Events

Thursday, June 22 from 5pm – 7pm Community Quilt Celebration!
A celebration to mark the end of the middle school GSA year, Pride, and most especially to unveil the community quilt in its sewn-together form!!  Thanks to the incredible time, enthusiasm and quilting skills of island mentors, the Community Quilt panels were created by an intergenerational group of LGBTQ+ and Allied artists and sewn together by island quilters.

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Wednesday, May 10th 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Gender Free Haircuts for LBTQIA+ youth with Tara Morgan of C’Mon Barber! This event was part of the Dress Code Project.

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Come celebrate ORBIT’s youth artists!

Friday, April 28th 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Free! All Ages.

The Youth Mural project will have an opening reception and the ORBIT Music Club is playing a live show!  The mural opening reception begins at 6:00pm. The Music Club will play at 7:00pm, followed by a DJ and dance/social until 9:00pm. All ages welcome!

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Ghost Club

Join Orbit and Vashon DOVE Project for Ghost Club Movie Club. It’s a 3-week Healthy Relationships film & discussion series geared toward LGBTQ+ and Allied middle and high schoolers. Each week, we’ll watch an episode of the 3-part show “Ghost Club,” where we’ll follow Aidan, Omar, Isa and Tori as they search for ghosts and work through dynamics as friends, siblings and romantic partners. After each episode, we’ll talk about the show as a group! Free snacks, games, and time to connect socially included!

Wednesdays April 12th, 19th, and 26th. 3-6pm.
Movie starts at 4pm.
FREE!

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Youth Mural Project

ORBIT + Attention Artists at Work

Youth artists are creating a public mural as part of the sixth !Attention! Artists at Work project. Participating youth artists work with professional artist mentors to complete large collaborative panels that together will form a new mural on the ORBIT Youth Space entrance. Applications were due on February 24th, 2023. The mural will be completed and installed in Spring 2023.

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Fix-It Youth Academy – Lamps 101

Saturday, March 18
9AM-2PM

Instructor Dennis Chien is a member of the Fix-It Café crew. He is an engineer, inventor, and loves to teach fixing! Middle and High school aged youth will learn electricity, safety, anatomy of a lamp, and repair.

This event is in partnership with the Vashon Fix-It Cafe and Vashon Tool Library. It is made possible by a grant from the King County Eco-Consumer Program and generous support from Vashon Ace Hardware.

Learn More

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LGBTQ+ Winter Social – Wednesday, December 7 4-7pm @ Orbit!

Celebration with art, games, karaoke, photo booth, dancing, hot chocolate, and more.

Led and organized by McMurray’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), this event is also sponsored by the Vashon DOVE Project, Orbit Youth Space, and Vashon Youth and Family Services.

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Poetry Night at ORBIT! Thursday, December 1st, 4:30-6:30pm

Express yourself, share poems, learn new techniques, eat snacks, build community. We will be joined by poet Asha Berkes! All ages are welcome. Free food, writing, supplies, and conversations. Lyricists welcome!

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Rocky Horror Picture Show 

November 10th, 4-7pm

Highschool Ages

Dressing Up Encouraged

Free Snacks!

Trivia after the show with a prize!

Open Space for Arts & Community, 18870 103rd Ave SW, Vashon, WA 98070

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Mini Renaissance Faire

ORBIT presents…Mini Renaissance Faire for ages 11-18, hosted by ORBIT’s LQBTQIA+ group.

Costumes suggested, Free admission & snacks

  • Fairy House Tour
  • Tarot Readings
  • Tea time (&coffee)
  • Face painting
  • Photo Booth
  • Write your own message in a bottle
  • Best costume prize

Thursday, September 15th, 4-7pm
Open Space for Arts & Community

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LGBTQIA+ Movie Night!
Thursday, June 30th 4:30-6:30pm

LGBTQIA+ high school aged youth are invited to come to ORBIT for a costume party and movie night. Come watch the 2020 musical “The Prom,” and celebrate the last day of Pride month! Snacks provided! Free Event!
*Dress up in your favorite prom wear…best costume wins a gift certificate to Island Queen!*

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Orbit Town Hall – May 17th, 2022 at 4pm

Come tell us what you want to see happen at ORBIT! Program Coordinator Michelle Lassaline will be joined by the Vera Project executive team, plus Mike Dumovich of Bric Brac, and Josh Ayala to host this open forum for anyone interested in all ages arts and music. FREE PIZZA!

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Create Your Story – Spring 2022

Vashon Island high schoolers work with island performers to learn about the art of storytelling, then present a final production written and performed by the students.

The fourth project of !Attention! Artists at Work, “Create Your Story” combines that program with ORBIT, our youth center, and the UMO School. Guided by an UMO Team of artists, Create Your Story is an opportunity for teens to share their stories through crafted physical theater. Create Your Story’s 16-week session began late 2021 into early 2022. The class is offered free-of-charge through funding from UMO, the Open Space ORBIT All Ages Center, and the !Attention! Artists at Work program.