Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Public Programs

Pu​blic Programs at SAM

There's something happening and you don't want to miss it. So jump in—ask questions, offer opinions, paint, draw, sketch, learn, listen, dance, tour, meet the artists, perform. Find the thing that's right up your alley, or try something entirely new.​

SAM Creates

SAM Creates SAM Creates

These workshops provide a forum for artists to explain the philosophies underlying their work and for you to delve into the artistic, practical, or quirky processes at work in your daily lives.​​​​​​

SAM Films

For more than 30 years, SAM has offered some of the most innovative film programming in the country. SAM screens films that explore a diverse cross-section of artists and genres.

SAM Films

Classic French Film Noir: Honor Among Thieves

​Mar 26 – May 21 2015

The French named film noir, and from country villages to Paris, men and women tempt fate scheming for love and money, wearing trench coats and driving big American cars.

Films in French with English subtitles, all 35 mm.​​​​​​​​​


Apr 30
Army of Shadows​​​​

May 5
Black Box 2.0 Opening Night​​​​​

May 7
Le Cercle Rouge​​​​

May 14
One Deadly Summer​​​​

May 21
Confidentially Yours​​​​​

May 31
Black Box 2.0 Screening​​​​​

SAM Performs


SAM Performs features a wide range of styles, genres, and disciplines. Performances are often accompanied by discussions among artistic collaborators. 

Art of Jazz

Art of Jazz

​Every Second Thursday of the Month
Hear some of the best local and national jazz live in the Brotman Forum, plus sign up to win fabulous prizes from KPLU.

​Art of Jazz is presented in collaboration with Earshot Jazz; sponsors are Earshot Jazz and KPLU 88.5.

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations

Tea Ceremony

​Third Thursdays, 5​:30 pm & Third Sundays, 2:30 pm. Note: there are no tea ceremonies in January, August, or December.

Experience chado, "the W​ay of Tea," in the superbly crafted teahouse in the museum galleries at the Seattle Art Museum. Since the 16th century, chado has provided artistic inspiration and spiritual reflection. This time-honored living art brings a fresh paradigm for thoughtful and harmonious living.​​​​


Apr 24​
Yoni Ki Baat​​​​

Apr 25
Yoni Ki Baat​​​​​

Apr 26
Yoni Ki Baat​​​​​​​​​

May 7
Ladies Musical Club​​​​

May 8
Music of the Japanese Imperial Court​​​​​

May 14
Art of Jazz​​​​



Dueling bands. A silent dance party at the top of the escalators. A lone trumpet wailing in the contemporary galleries. Art making in every corner. Spoken word throwdowns in front of oil paintings. Tap and burlesque and contemporary dance. The only guarantee: no two Remixes are the same.

Held three​​ times a year (in the summer, get down in the Olympic Sculpture Park). Ages 18+.

Program Sponsors


Media Sponsors​


AUG 21
SAM Remix​​​​


SAM Talks

A timely and innovative forum that addresses​ pressing issues in art and society, SAM Talks bring together some of the most compelling thinkers on a given cultural subject, and include lectures by artists, critics, curators, and scholars related to the work in SAM’s special exhibitions, First Friday Lectures, and Art + Environment Panel discussions.​​​



Tour times and topics vary throughout the year. Tours are FREE with museum admission.

People and Places at SAM: Exploring SAM's Galleries
View creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’S collections.

In Focus Gallery Talks
These gallery discussions focus on a single gallery, allowing the visitor to experience works of art in-depth. Topics rotate regularly. 30 minutes.

My Favorite Things
Special guests—including visual artists, dancers, curators, critics, and more—are invited to select and discuss their favorite works of art in SAM's galleries. 30 minutes.

Special Exhibitions
Explore the special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum on these tours designed to illuminate exhibition themes and present diverse perspectives on the art on view. 60 minutes.

The ACCESS program provides monthly tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. Tours are held at all three SAM locations and are free with advance registration. Private tours are also available upon request. For more information, please email us.​​

View Calendar​​

Coming Up​

​School Tours​

Are you an educator? You can find school tour information here.​​​​​


Apr 25, 10:00–11:30 am
Touch Tour on Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, at SAM

May 27​, 11:00–12:15 pm
Visual Description on Permanent Collection, at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Jun 17, 11:00–12:15 pm
Visual Description on Permanent Collection, at Olympic Sculpture Park


Gardner Center

Offering dynamic public programs at the Asian Art Museum, the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas hosts events to ​explore the vast diversity of Asia, its presence in the world, and the wide range of artistic expression. From history and culture to global health and urban design, we exchange ideas about challenging contemporary issues. We also invite you to experience a range of artistic expression related to Asia.

Learn More​​​​


Park Season

The rain has gone on summer-long hiatus, the sun is out, and the grass is finally green—it's summer season at the Olympic Sculpture Park! Catch live music, dance ‘til dusk, enjoy food from Seattle’s best food trucks, do yoga in the park, make art, or go on a tour. When you're ready to take it easy, sprawl out under monumental sculptures like Alexander Calder’s The Eagle or take a quiet walk with breathtaking views of the mountains and water.

Park Season

Every Thursday (starting July 9) from 6 to 8​ ​pm, experience live bands on the lawn, art-making activities geared toward all ages, and tours of the park by curators and artists. Grab a bite from some of Seattle’s best food trucks or from Taste.

Park Season

Bring your family to the park on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm to sketch outdoors. Check the calendar for special Saturday hands-on workshops throughout the summer.

Do yoga in the park on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am​. Bring your mat, and be prepared to participate rain or shine. Check the calendar for special yoga sessions geared toward families.

FREE and open to the public!​​​​​


Jul 9
Summer at SAM: Kick Off​​​​

Jul 18
Summer at SAM: Kids' Eco Day​​​​​