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Seattle ReCreative Gives Seattle Families a Creative Reuse Art Center

Photo: Joshua Huston


Jenna Boitano and Emily Korson asked a question ripe for an answer in green-conscious Seattle — is it possible to combine art with environmental awareness? Seattle ReCreative is proof they can be combined, and these moms brought an entire creative reuse genre to Seattle in the process.

The nonprofit has a cozy location on Greenwood Avenue near 85th and boasts no small number of art-making opportunities for kids of all ages. There’s a streetfront arts-and-crafts store, a kid-specific play space, kid and adult art classes, a family art series, a Saturday skill share, open studio hours, room rentals, children’s parties, summer camps and artist exhibitions. 

All materials sold in the store and used for the classes are donated, which means the selection is ever-changing; each trip to the store is a treasure hunt among yarn, paper, paint, buttons, bottle caps, greeting cards, wood, tile, metal and more. Have an idea for corks? They probably have them by the barrel, or they might next week. Have excess supplies at your house? They want them. See here for information about how to donate. These are materials that would have languished in landfills had they not been given a second ‘ReCreative’ lease on life.  

Their affordable individual and multi-course packages include supplies, and if that doesn’t sound cost-conscious enough, there are even a few free events. Guest instructors take over for two hours each Saturday morning and share their skills with the community gratis. Topics are announced through Seattle Re-Creative’s Facebook page a few days prior, and attendees can simply show up and try their hand at something new. 

There’s a fantastic, free eight-week program for teens called The Art of Destruction, which explores topics such as environmental impact issues, censorship and social justice. Literature and art related to these themes are examined as students learn different art-making skills. The course culminates with a creation of their own ReCreative piece of work exhibited in the gallery.  

So for an hour or two of your time, you get social conscience development, carbon footprint shrinkage, art skills growth, connection to community, and oh yeah, a lot of fun. 

8408 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle


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