Alchemy Arts Center receives grant from Madrona Institute

Submitted by the Alchemy Art Center

Alchemy Art Center is offering this incredible, free program for middle school and high school-aged students for a third year- apply by March 8 to be considered!

During this nine-week program, young people have the opportunity to work with a variety of professional artists and activist groups to focus on how art and environmentalism intersect, and to learn how to make their voices heard about the issues that matter most to them. Students will identify an environmental issue that is personally resonant, learning different art-making techniques that will culminate in an artful public demonstration in town at the end of the program, and again during the 4th of July parade!

The highlight of this program is the construction of large-scale puppets under the guidance of Olympia-based String and Shadow Theater, who will lead the puppet build over a three-day weekend (April 19-21).

Other areas of focus and projects will include:

Sense of Place

Artistic Collaboration

Drawing and sketching

Journaling and writing

Mural Painting


Printmaking/DIY Publishing

Waste Systems and Creative Reuse

Large-scale sculptural puppet building (with String and Shadow)

Artful Activism/Demonstrating

Thanks to a generous grant from the Madrona Foundation, this program will once again be offered free of charge! This is an incredible chance for students to take a deep-dive into a variety of artistic forms, and learn to express themselves effectively through art. This program is geared toward youth aged 13-15, but applicants outside of this age range will be considered as well.

For complete program information, and to apply, please visit:

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Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2016, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating a thriving arts community on San Juan Island. Alchemy has been a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit since 2018.