Northwest Arts Center

Northwest Arts Center - January 2021 Update

Join us for virtual programs beginning in February!  Please see the Virtual Classes accordion below for more information. 

Also, check out #BellevueatHome.  Get active and keep learning in 2021!

NWAC Facility Rentals

Northwest Arts Center is not currently accepting facility rental requests. However, if you are hosting future events or ongoing monthly rentals, now is the time to contact us. View our NWAC Rentals web page, contact facility scheduler Andy Owre at aowre@bellevuewa.gov.

At this time, many of Bellevue’s Park facilities remain closed for programs, special events and rentals. For up to date information on the City and COVID-related and COVID assistance updates, see below:

The Northwest Arts Center provides year-round recreation and art-focused programming for all ages, designed to meet the needs of the community. Programs include: fitness, music, dance, martial arts, pottery and a wide variety of art programs.

The 3,880 square-foot community center features multi-purpose meeting rooms and dance/art studio for rentals, community events, birthday parties and facility rentals. Just north of downtown Bellevue, off of Bellevue Way and on Northeast 24th Street, NWAC is conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood with ample parking.

Northwest Arts Center also provides facility space for rent (at NWAC and Robinswood Barn), coordinates large city events (Bellevue Family 4th) and provides adult recreation programs at Downtown Bellevue Main Club. Art on the Go! programs are also available at various city facilities.

NWAC's activities and programs page offers a complete list of our programs, camps and other activities. Program brochures are also available in the link below. 

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Bellevue At Home, Miss Karen’s Funny Valentines, Virtual 
Join Miss Karen to make a special gift for your special pal.  Sing songs and do a little dance. Come join the fun! Child and caregiver class. *Once you have registered for this activity, the staff will email you the materials list. 

  • Cost: $8 residents / $10 non-residents
  • Ages: 2-5 with caregiver
  • Dates/Time: Wednesday, Feb 10, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 
  • Register here for course 2100741

Bellevue At Home, Miss Karen’s Lucky Leprechauns, Virtual 
Top o' the mornin' to ya! Join us for art activities, music and all things green! Don't forget to have your wee leprechaun and grown-up wear something green so you won't get pinched. *Once you have registered for this activity, the staff will email you the materials list. 

  • Cost: $8 residents / $10 non-residents
  • Ages: 2-5 w/caregiver
  • Dates/Time:  Wednesday, Mar 10, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Wednesday
  • Register here for course 2100734

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Bellevue At Home, Creative Kids LIVE – Virtual Art Program 
Enhance your child’s creativity with a variety of arts and crafts lessons and projects. This is a virtual program which will take place in your home via Zoom. *Once you have registered for this activity, the staff will email you the materials list. 

  • Fee: $40 /resident and $48/non-resident (4 classes)
  • Grades: 3rd-5thgrades 
    • Session I - Dates/Time: Wednesdays, Feb 3 – Mar 3, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
           Register here for course 2006544 – no class 2/17
    • Session II - Dates/Time:  Wednesdays, Mar 10 - 31, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
           Register here for course 2006545 

Bellevue At Home, Cartooning - Virtual Art Program 
Drawing and Cartooning skills unleash a child's creativity. Fledgling cartoonists will learn the basics of expression drawing, line quality, constructing from the imagination and exaggerating from life while exploring moods and animating actions. This is a virtual program which will take place in your home via Zoom. *Once you have registered for this activity, the staff will email you the materials list.

  • Fee: $60 / resident and $72 / non-resident (6 classes)
  • Ages: 8-12 
  • Dates/Time: Wednesdays, Feb 24 – Mar 31, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Register here for course 2100013

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS (or ages 10 years and older with adult supervision) 

Bellevue At Home, Parks Drawing Tour – Virtual Art Program 
Connecting you with Art, History, and Architectural Treasures located in Bellevue’s park system! Develop basic drawing techniques as you capture the beauty of real-life places located in Bellevue. This is a virtual program which will take place in your home via Zoom. *Once you have registered for this activity, the staff will email you the materials list.

  • Fee: $40 / resident and $48 / non-resident (4 classes)
  • Ages: 10 years and older with adult supervision
  • Dates/Time: Wednesdays, Feb 24 – Mar 17, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Register here for course 2100987

As we all stay well and stay home, we thought you would enjoy some video interaction with some of our teaching staff.  Learning, keeping connected, and staying active will help us all stay stronger and together during this historical time.  A special thank you to our wonderful teachers who have worked hard to create these videos for you to enjoy!  I know they miss their students and hope to get back to sharing their talents with you soon!  If you have questions or certain video learning you would like to see offered, please email us at nwac@bellevuewa.gov.  Hope to see you all back at the Northwest Arts Center soon! 

  • Art at HomeDrawing the Amabie 
  • Mindful Movement-Tai chi exercise – Free online class 
    Mindful Movement – Tai Chi Exercise is a popular adult class offered by Bellevue Parks at the Downtown Bellevue Main Club. At this time while our classes are suspended, you can watch and follow along with this free instructional video made by the instructor, Sabrina Mix.  Sabrina has over 20 years of experience in martial arts.  Visit her Mindful Arts & Fitness web site for additional videos and information. 

Bellevue Parks & Community Services offers arts, fitness and educational programming at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue's Main Club (209 100th Avenue NE), conveniently located across the street from the west side of the Downtown Park.

More info:

The Northwest Arts Center is home to two outdoor sculptures - Visions of the Deep by Dudley Carter and Amore by John Kennedy. The tile mural is by Sepp Mayrhuber.


 
Northwest Arts Center public art flyer

Call425-452-4106 before travelling to Northwest Arts Center to ensure the facility is open.

In the event of inclement weather, the Parks & Community Services Department will make every effort to communicate the status of facilities and programs, special events and rentals. Administration will decide whether to cancel a program or close a facility based upon the safety of participants and employees and the ability to appropriately staff programs and facilities.

As a general rule, if the Bellevue School District is closed due to a weather event, Parks & Community Services Department classes and programs will be cancelled for the entire day. If the Bellevue School District is on a delayed schedule, call the facility for an updated status report. Select facilities may be open for drop-in activities at a modified level. If you are unable to reach the facility, call the Parks & Community Services Department's general information number at 425-452-6885. Inclement weather can affect park use and trail conditions. Please use caution when visiting park sites during poor weather, as trails and other park facilities may become wet and slippery. Park trails may be closed.

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