Thank You for Bringing Arts & Community to Vashon!


Connecting through Art

ORBIT Youth Space is not just a creative haven; it is a refuge for our youth. In a world that can often feel harsh and unwelcoming, ORBIT is a beacon of safety, joy, and acceptance. Young people gather here to explore their artistic passions and talents and find a space where they can simply be themselves. It’s a cozy and inviting environment, a home away from home where they make lasting connections, where they feel comfortable and at ease.

“For the longest time I just felt 

like there wasn’t a thing to do that suited me. When I came to UMO School there was Parkour and acrobatics and I realized I had found the things that made me really happy.”  —UMO School Student, He/Him

Brave Belonging for All

ORBIT Youth Space goes further, offering programming for all and programming designed to support LGBTQIA+ youth and allies. By creating a brave and inclusive space for all stages of tween and teen life, ORBIT ensures that every young person can find acceptance and belonging.

Where Youth Can Soar

In addition to ORBIT Youth Space, Open Space for Arts & Community offers UMO School of Physical Arts. This dynamic school provides youth with the opportunity to delve into the world of physical arts, including aerial, acro gym, parkour, martial arts, skateboarding, and more! Through expert instruction, encouragement, and guidance, students learn not only physical skills but also invaluable life lessons like discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. UMO School empowers youth to discover their strength, balance, and confidence, enabling them to soar not only physically but also in all aspects of their lives.

“What makes orbit important to me 

is it’s a space where I can be open with my friends and feel alive. Especially for people who are in diverse communities, having Orbit is amazing because we feel welcome and not isolated.” —ORBIT Youth, They/Them

Art for All

Open Space for Arts & Community ensures that all young people can participate in our youth programming. Because ORBIT Youth Space programming is always free and UMO School scholarships relieve financial burdens every child can participate in these extraordinary experiences. This commitment demonstrates our dedication to providing a safe environment where every child can flourish emotionally, socially, and creatively. UMO School and ORBIT serve as lifelines for many young people, preventing feelings of isolation and sadness. By fostering purpose and camaraderie in a nurturing atmosphere, these initiatives empower young people, giving them hope and a profound sense of belonging that is truly invaluable.

Art Now More than Ever

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to support Open Space youth initiatives ORBIT and UMO School of Physical Arts. These programs provide not only art and physical education but also a sense of community and belonging that our young people desperately need. Your contribution will enable us to maintain these safe havens, ensuring that our youth continue to have a place where they can be themselves, find solace, and experience joy.

Immersive and Extraordinary

Art Mondays, social gatherings, poetry slams, Q Club, and music club —these are devised by participating youth and facilitated by extremely capable (and cool) professionals. This ownership fosters leadership and self-confidence that will serve them well in all aspects of life. 

900+ Young People and Growing!

Please join us in this mission to energize and empower young people through art by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your generosity will help us sustain ORBIT Youth Space and UMO School of Physical Arts, benefitting the lives of countless young individuals. 

Together, we can offer them a little sanctuary and happiness, where they can find acceptance, connection, and comfort, even in these challenging times.

Your contribution, no matter the size, will become a part of the transformative experiences we offer to youth through ORBIT Youth Space and UMO School of Physical Arts. Please join us by making a tax-deductible donation today. Together, we can continue to create a world where every young person is celebrated for their unique talents, abilities, and identities.

To donate, please visit our website or mail a check to us at PO Box 345, Vashon, Washington 98070. Thank you for considering our request. Your contribution will make a world of difference to our young people, providing them with a sanctuary where they can be themselves, feel welcome, and experience the warmth of acceptance and community


With heartfelt gratitude,

Janet McAlpin, Board President and Chuck Zimmer, Executive Director

PS: Your donation is not just a gift; it’s a lifeline for our young people, offering them a place of comfort and joy where they can safely connect and soar together—addressing life’s challenges together through creative expression. Thank you for being a beacon of hope and acceptance for our community’s youth at ORBIT Youth Space and UMO School of Physical Arts.

Open Space for Arts & Community is a 501c3 nonprofit incorporating UMO School, UMO Ensemble, and ORBIT Youth Space. Donations are tax-deductible.

  • Click here to donate online
  • By check: To Open Space for Arts & Community / PO Box 345, Vashon, WA 98070.
  • Stock Contributions: Open Space accepts stock contributions.

Corporate Matching Funds: Many businesses match employee donations.
Open Space accepts corporate matching funds directly and through Benevity.
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