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Since its inception in 1995, Gay City has promoted the holistic health of our community through innovative programs and approaches. Increasingly in recent years this has included partnering with queer artists to engage LGBTQ communities through a variety of disciplines as a means of building community and promoting our collective wellness. Our growing involvement in the arts has led to the formation of Gay City Arts.

Art is the voice, spirit and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue and pride. Through Gay City Arts, Gay City collaborates with local LGBTQ artists to galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBTQ artists and works, and facilitate artistic excellence that is accessible. Gay City Arts is committed to presenting challenging, dynamic and excellent queer art across a wide range of disciplines, including theater, music, dance, film, spoken word, literary and visual arts.

About Calamus Auditorium

The Calamus Auditorium at Gay City aims to be a premiere organizing center and performance and exhibition space for Seattle’s queer arts community. Currently under development, the Calamus Auditorium will be an intimate performance venue (maximum capacity 75), fully equipped with lighting, sound and audio/visual equipment. Located in Seattle’s Pike/Pine corridor on Capitol Hill, the Calamus Auditorium is conveniently located near downtown Seattle and centered near the hub of Seattle’s most dynamic arts district. For rental information, please see our Calamus Auditorium Rental page, or contact

Proudly Supporting Queer Arts

Gay City Arts presents APARICIONES DE LA MENTE

Opening: Sept 15
Exhibition: Sept 15 - Oct 12

Gay City Arts present APARICIONES DE LA MENTE (Appearances of the Mind) from Arturo Lopez. Arturo, a gay immigrant from Mexico City, is a graduate of UNAM Mexico City where he studied arts, art & custom design, and cosmetology. Arturo has been painting for only 4 months.

Gay City Arts presents Sleep Squad

Oct 13-16 & 20-23
General Admission $15-$20 / Students & Seniors $12

Gay City Arts presents Sleep Squad, a comedy variety show from L Henderson. Is your soul in dire need of some rest from the constant barrage of invalidation? Are you so woke that you forgot what life was like before you lost your chill? Let all the laughs from Sleep Squad help you find that much needed relief!

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Gay City Arts Season 4: Uncontained

Every day we face boundaries. We’re told we don’t belong because of the way we look, the way we act, or the way we sound. We’re told who we’re allowed to love and who we’re allowed to be. But we’re so much more than the constraints society smothers us with. We’re big, we’re bold, and we’re free. We’re UNCONTAINED.

Gay City Arts proudly presents our 4th performing arts season, UNCONTAINED. Gay City Arts Season Four runs from September 2016 through May 2017, and features some of the best of Seattle’s queer performing arts, including comedy, music, theater, and burlesque!

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Gay City Arts Monthly

Want to see what Gay City Arts is about? You can check out the latest issue of our Gay City Arts Monthly e-zine, featuring info about all of Gay City Arts upcoming programming and events.

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