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Your support makes it possible for SAL to provide quality arts programs that bring people together and spark imaginations. Every gift made to SAL helps keep ticket prices affordable, allowing people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy programs.

$10,000 helps bring a distinguished writer to the LiteraryArts Series.
$6,000 places a writer-in-residence at a local school for an entire year.
$2,500 presents a nationally or internationally known poet in the Poetry Series.
$1,500 supports six public schools with books to enhance their libraries.
$500 brings an author to a school to talk with and inspire K-12 students.
$250 supports a special project with a writer-in-residence.
$150 makes possible education and outreach efforts.
$50 helps sustain core SAL programs.


Words Matter - Thursday, March 27 - Featuring Jonathan Evison

We hope you will consider joining us for WORDS MATTER, our annual gala celebration of the power of words. This festive evening will feature remarks by Jonathan Evison, the author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, the New York TImes bestselling novel West of Here, and All About Lulu, which won the Washington State Book Award. We are also proud to unveil our inaugural Prowda Literary Champion Award, named after our founder, Sherry Prowda, which celebrates the individuals and organizations that make Seattle an outstanding place for writers and readers.

Power2Give - Bring Renowned Authors to Local Classrooms!

Every year, Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) brings some of the best writers of our time to share original talks with the Seattle community. And through our Writers in the Schools Program, we also hire local writers to partner with 24 public schools around the region and Seattle Children’s Hospital to help kids find and share their unique voices. We need your help to combine these resources and bring ten of this year’s incredible nationally renowned authors out to classrooms during their visits! With your support, we will be able to bring inspiring writers like Indian cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, graphic novelist Chris Ware, short story master George Saunders, poet Stephen Dunn and others to meet and work with local students.

There’s nothing like hearing from a writer – about their life, their experience, their writing process – to unlock the writing process and make it accessible to students. Getting to have a writer come to their classrooms can be a transformative experience for students. We can’t bring all our students to the SAL events, but with your help, we can bring the most renowned writers and thinkers to our schools, teachers, and students.

Seattle Arts & Lectures would like to invite you to partner with us by giving a donation through the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG today.
By giving a gift to Seattle Arts & Lectures through GiveBIG, you will not only be supporting our unique programs, you will also be:
  • increasing your gift through Seattle Foundation's matching grant
  • entered by Seattle Foundation to win an additional $1,000 to add to your donation and have a round-trip airline ticket, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, given in your name to the same nonprofit that received your donation. The winner will also receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of sponsor, Starbucks!
  • entered to win a pair of SAL patron tickets to one event next season of your choice. 
Where does your money go to when giving to Seattle Arts & Lectures through GiveBig or any other time? Click here to find out.
Words Matter Auction Items

Check out the exciting literary auction items at the Words Matter benefit dinner! Peruse the opportunities and plan for your bidding strategy to make sure you don't miss out on your perfect literary experiece!

SAL Awarded Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grant
Seattle Arts & Lectures has been awarded a Paul G. Allen Family Foundation 2012 Arts & Culture Grant. Literary arts support has also long been a priority for the Allen family. Four grants in this cycle will support the creation of new work in Seattle, bring acclaimed writers to Boise, and support the Montana Festival of the Book.
“The Foundation has a long history of supporting the arts in both rural and urban areas,” Coliton said. “Artistic expression helps communities assess and make sense of the world, and we’re proud to support that work throughout the region.”
Thanks to 2012/13 Sponsors

SAL thanks the many generous sponsors of our 25th anniversary season. We couldn't do what we do without you! Click on the title to view all sponsors.

SAL Awarded Archibald Foundation Grant

The Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation has awarded Seattle Arts & Lectures a grant for infrastructure improvements, specifically to replace an aging phone system to better meet SAL’s communication needs. The Archibald Foundation funds non-profit charitable organizations that provide tangible benefits and ongoing support to improve the quality of life for residents of the Puget Sound region. The Foundation began grant making to charitable organizations within the Puget Sound region in 1976. Since then, the Foundation has granted over $13.5 million to qualified organizations.

Spring Campaign - We're Almost There!

We are so close to our goal, having raised $44,000 towards the goal of $50,000 since May 2nd. If you have already participated, you have our sincerest thanks. If you have not, you still have time! SAL's campaign concludes on Saturday, so please donate today! With your help, SAL can keep the literary arts an essential and vibrant component of our community.

SAL Receives 2012 Mayor's Arts Award

SAL has received a 2012 Mayor's Arts Award, given this year to 10 individuals and organizations in honor of the Award's 10th Anniversary.
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize artists, arts and cultural organizations, and community members who make a difference in our city through arts and cultural activities. The Seattle Arts Commission recommended SAL and the other nine recipients from a pool of more than 500 public nominations.
Thank you for helping SAL make an impact in our community. We are excited to share this honor with you and Mayor Mike McGinn at the awards ceremony, noon, Friday, August 31, at Seattle Center in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival.

Words Mattered on February 29, 2012

The 2012 Words Matter Benefit Dinner was an amazing Seattle Arts & Lectures’ event. The best of SAL was on stage, from Ed Skoog’s Roethke impression, to Jim Lynch reminding us that “the best of the books we read wind up feeling like a part of our history and identity,” to WITS student Alex Morrison representing the incredible next generation of writers.

We raised over $150,000! This support helps us continue to provide our community with transformative programs by acclaimed writers that foster diverse ideas, the imagination, and a love of reading and writing. Thank you for being there!

2011-12 Presenting Sponsor - The Seattle Times

SAL thanks The Seattle Times for their continued support as our 2011-12 Presenting Sponsor.

2011-12 Season Sponsor - Swedish

SAL thanks Swedish for their 2011-12 Season sponsorship. We are thrilled to continue our partnership.

2011-12 Organization Sponsors

Seattle Arts & Lectures thanks our 2011-12 Organization Sponsors:
4Culture,, ArtsFund, Humanities Washington, Medina Foundation, PONCHO, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

2011-12 Series Sponsors

Seattle Arts & Lectures thanks our 2011-12 Series Sponsors:
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Charles & Barbara Wright

2011-12 Event Sponsors

Seattle Arts & Lectures thanks our 2011-12 Event Sponsors:
The Boeing Company, Copper Canyon Press, Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, Stoel Rives, Swedish, Teutsch Partners, University Book Store, Wave Books

2011-12 Media Sponsors

Seattle Arts & Lectures thanks our 2011-12 Media Sponsors:
Seattle Met, Classical KING FM 98.1, KCTS 9, KUOW 94.9FM,, CityArts, Poetry Northwest, Crab Creek Review, Chuckanut Reader

2011-12 Bookstore Partners

Seattle Arts & Lectures thanks our 2011-12 Bookstore Partners:
Elliott Bay Book Company, Mockingbird Books, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Queen Anne Books, Third Place Books, University Book Store, Village Books, Wide World Books & Maps 

2011-12 Hotel Sponsor

Seattle Arts & Lectures thanks 2011-12 Hotel Sponsor W Seattle.


Help SAL spark imaginations!

Yusef Komunyakaa
Poetry Series, Poet Yusef Komunyakaa chats with a Writers in the Schools student reader. Photo by Libby Lewis
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