About Arts Crush
Arts Crush is aimed at Engaging Community, Creating Access, Inspiring Creativity and Building Arts Participation.
Arts Crush brings together artists and residents across the Puget Sound for hundreds of free or affordable experiences that actively engage the public in the creative process. Since 2010, TPS has produced Arts Crush as a month-long festival involving hundreds of events throughout the month of October.
In 2014, Arts Crush has expanded to activities throughout the year, designed to spark innovation, collaboration, and participation. Acting as the online hub, ArtsCrush.org invites the public to discover hundreds of interactive experiences that blow the lid off standard gallery, theatre, music, or dance shows through hands-on or behind-the-scene opportunities, or arts in unexpected places. ArtsCrush.org is also an access point for free or reduced tickets to more traditional arts events. Arts Crush highlights arts in our communities in fresh new ways, engaging a broader diversity of artists to invest in the creativity and vitality of local communities.
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.
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