About Arts Crush
Arts Crush is a collaborative, month-long arts and cultural festival aimed at Engaging Community, Creating Access, Inspiring Creativity and Building Arts Participation.
The festival takes place throughout the entire month of October and is managed by Theatre Puget Sound.
At its core, Arts Crush is a collective investment in the vitality and creativity of our local communities. Through Arts Crush, TPS partners with local artists, arts organizations, audiences, and businesses to invest in, promote, facilitate and/or create interactive and immersive arts experiences that encourage collaboration and inspire creativity. In addition, TPS requests that partner organizations offer free or discounted tickets to more traditional arts experiences in order to allow audience members to sample and discover art offerings in a risk-free atmosphere.
The culminating festival features hundreds of arts groups and individual artists offering a plethora of free events, special discounts and once-a-year interactive arts opportunities for all ages.
Arts Crush is led and managed by Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services. TPS is now one of the Northwest’s leading arts advocacy and leadership organizations, providing programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community.
While much of our programming focuses on the theatre community, the impact of our services extends to the larger arts community in the region. Our membership includes more than 1,700 individual artists and 140 performing arts organizations. In addition, our Space for the Arts program, Arts Crush and educational programming serve more than 200 non-theatre arts organizations and innumerable individual artists annually. We also serve the general public of the Puget Sound region through ongoing community engagement initiatives such as Arts Crush.
Throughout our history we have built and maintained programs and services that serve to promote, strengthen and unify the regional performing arts community:
- TPS Promotes the regional performing arts community through audience engagement tools and initiatives such as the Seattle Performs website, cooperative advertising, Arts Crush and the TPS Stage at Bumbershoot.
- TPS Strengthens the regional performing arts community by providing educational programming, diverse resources for individuals and organizations, advocacy, and services that strive to improve the quality of life for our region’s theatre artists.
- TPS Unifies the regional performing arts community by acting as a physical and virtual gathering place, managing subsidized rehearsal/ performance spaces and producing the annual Gregory Awards and Unified General Auditions.