The latest happenings at Allied Arts Foundation


Congratulations to the 50 Block Awards Winners this Year!

Congratulations to the 50 winners at 16 Seattle public high schools!

Haley and Winning artwork

Haley McCarthy is the WINNER of our 2021 Superintendent’s Art Show Award

Congratulations to Haley McCarthy! Read more details and watch the 2-minute award video.


Our latest NEWSLETTER is out now!

Read the latest news about Allied Arts Foundation!

Congratulations to Rena Priest, WA State Poet Laureate!

We give a big congratulations to poet Rena Priest, one of our 2020 Artist Grant Award winners in Poetry, for being selected as the 2021-23 Washington State Poet Laureate! “A member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, Priest will be the first Indigenous poet to assume the role. Priest’s literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with the 2018 American Book Award, and her most recent work is Sublime Subliminal.”

Amanda Gorman

Inspiring, emotional, brilliant – Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem

Thank you, Amanda Gorman for delivering a powerful work of art to our nation.


The Road to Recovery – Piroshky Piroshky

Allied Arts Foundation board member, Olga Sagan, owner of Piroshky Piroshky, shared her thoughts with the Puget Sound Business Journal on the difficult choices COVID-19 has forced her to make in order to keep her business going. You can read the full article here:

George Woodall

Remembering George Woodall

We are just devastated at the passing of artist, George Woodall. George was a true visionary, leader, and good friend to Allied Arts Foundation. As chair of our Block Awards Committee, he championed the importance of mentorship for our high school arts award winners and raised many donations for the program. Seattle has lost an incredible artist and an amazing advocate for the arts. He will be dearly missed! You can read about George’s amazing life in The Seattle Times.

Lara Lavi-Jones

Lara Lavi-Jones’ cover of “The River”

Allied Arts Foundation’s own Lara Lavi-Jones’ powerful performance of Joni Mitchell’s “The River” just may end up being THE Christmas anthem for 2020.

Giving Tuesday for AAD

Giving Tuesday!

Allied Arts Foundation is participating in the world-wide giving event of #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020.

Help keep the arts vital during this pandemic!

Your donation helps us support artists, arts organizations, and arts advocacy. We can’t do it without YOUR help!

THANK YOU for making the world a better place for the arts!

Shelter Fest

ShelterFest is this weekend!

AAF is a proud sponsor of ShelterFest. This free online music festival supporting Black artists and restaurant owners is emulating the in-person experience of attending a live music festival through a virtual mainstage, virtual food trucks, and artist tip jars. Through the virtual food trucks, audience members can order food from local Black-owned businesses. The livestream will also feature interviews from prominent Black restaurant owners like Chef Edouardo Jordan of JuneBaby, Trey Lamont of Jerk Shack, and more. Make your free reservation now. Find complete info at