Every city has something it is known for; Nashville has country music, Las Vegas has gambling, Los Angeles has theater. What about Seattle? We are known for many things: coffee, rain, grunge, and stunning natural environments. But, if you want to learn these six things, Seattle is the place to be.
Anybody who lives in Seattle knows that glassblowing is big here. Thanks to artists like Dale Chihuly, glassblowing is something you can actually do on weekends. Seattle has a number of studios for every level of artist or neophyte.
Seattleites are fortunate to have two of the most impressive Glass Museums in the world. If you are interested in learning, you might want to get inspired by spending a day at either, or both. With stunning exhibitions year round, Chihuly’s Garden and Glass and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma offer experiences you won’t find everywhere. Especially interesting are the Glasshouse in the Chihuly Garden, and the largest Hot Shop in the world at the Museum of Glass. You can even watch a live stream of the Hot Shop from home but don’t use this as an excuse to stay at home.
Studios to check out include:
- Pilchuck Glass School As an educational leader in glass, Pilchuck thinks continuously about the future while acknowledging the importance of artistic practices within the glass art community today. Team-taught courses support cross-disciplinary exploration.
- The Boro School The Boro School is Seattle’s Premier Flameworking School & Studio. They offer several styles of classes that will appeal to any kind of student, including Jewelry and Pipemaking.
- Seattle Glassblowing Studio is an interactive and creative glassblowing studio which offers high quality, custom-made glass art products and provides an opportunity for all ages to experience, learn about, and enjoy the techniques of glassmaking.
Seattle, being home to major corporations like Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing, clearly puts us in a technological category. These companies and many others have driven up the need for high-skilled labor, especially software developers. Currently, Washington claims to have 25,000 unfilled jobs in this area.
Some areas of the city are dominated by technology; South Lake Union, Pioneer Square, Redmond and Kirkland. Coffee shops, which are plentiful, feel more like the lounge of a nearby office park than a public watering hole.
Seattle was named #2 city in the U.S. for tech jobs, NerdWallet, July 7, 2014
So technology jobs are plentiful, but so are opportunities for learning:
- The University of Washington, Seattle’s three Colleges and Bellevue College all have a menu of courses and certificate programs that you can choose from.
- Ada Developers Academy is a nonprofit software development school in Seattle, Washington for women with no previous computer science education or professional coding experience. This program is tuition-free and supported by the tech community as well as public funding.
- General Assembly offers on campus and online, full-time and part-time courses for those who need flexibility.
Seattle is bursting with entrepreneurial activities and educational opportunities. From Startup Weekends to Meetups to free classes at some of the funky co-working spaces, there is an opportunity for everybody to join a group and participate.
The city’s Economic Development Office created Start Up Seattle to help budding entrepreneurs make connections and find opportunities and resources. The City is even partnering with Seattle Public Schools, community organizations and the private sector to provide meaningful experiences in technology and entrepreneurship.
If you’re a woman and an entrepreneur, there are few better places to be in than Seattle. That’s according to a new study from personal finance site Nerd Wallet, who placed Seattle just behind San Francisco as the best place for women entrepreneurs.
Learning opportunities are vast:
- Start Up Seattle Events http://startupseattle.co.m/events/
- Greater Seattle Score – https://seattle.score.org/localworkshops
- North Seattle Community College https://northseattle.edu/certificates/entrepreneurship-certificate
- TiE Seattle is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. They believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing a business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization out there. With programs like TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) and Mentor Match, they are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Beaches, mountains, rain forests, lakes, rivers, city, country, Seattle can just about anywhere. We’ve been the backdrop for films portraying the Swiss Alps, Iraq, Florida and Manhattan.
Seattle.gov states that it is 30% cheaper to film in Seattle than Los Angeles. It only costs $25/day to film on the streets of Seattle and all permits are handled by the City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. Washington State even has a 30% cash back program.
The Seattle International Film Festival has been going strong for over 40 years. Year round programming includes education in filming, screenwriting and animation, film nights and the Festival every year in May.
There are so many opportunities for learning the art of film making in Seattle.
- Reel Grrls is a year-round media-training program for girls. Girls ages 9 – 21 learn production skills through hands-on workshops and classes taught by female media professionals and educators. Since 2001, over 1000 students have participated in Reel Grrls programs and Reel Grrls media have been honored in more than 90 film festivals globally.
- Northwest Film Forum. Learn filmmaking by doing it! The Film Forum’s curriculum offers a complete education in nearly all aspects of filmmaking. Multi-session classes meet weekly and offer in-depth, hands-on experience with filmmaking tools, while one-day workshops offer both insightful lectures and practical techniques on current filmmaking topics.
- Seattle Film Institute. Classes in specific subjects; a certificate in filmmaking, or choose a shorter certificate in a specific area of interest such as film production, documentary, or screenwriting.
Seattle takes #9 spot among best cities for boaters, Redfin, August 27, 2014
Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Lake Union and the Pacific Ocean; water is everywhere in this city and it is part of the lives of everyone who lives here, even if it is just crossing the many bridges on the way to work! The first Saturday in May is the boating Opening Day Parade and festivities. From this day, for as long as the weather allows, there will be boats on all the waterways of Seattle.
Sponsored by Seattle Yacht Club, Opening Day Parade has become the nation’s largest regional celebration of water, spring, and the opening of boating season. It is unique in the world and only rivalled by the Tuesday night Duck Dodge on Lake Union. Every Tuesday you can watch or participate in a casual sailing race, but beware of the theme. Racers dress in costumes such as pirates, togas and hula skirts.
So how do you get in on all the boating action?
A great place to start is the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.
- The Seattle Rowing Center SRC’s culture is designed to develop athletes to their full capacity physically, technically, mentally, and socially. Most importantly, everyone who rows here should feel appropriately challenged and fully supported.
- Seattle Sailing Club is the home of fun, affordable sailing on the Puget Sound. As one of the most active and vibrant ASA certification schools in the country, their experience teaching sailing is second to none.
In Seattle, nobody looks twice at a residential home with a chicken coop! Growing and raising food in your backyard is no big deal. The city allows urban chicken coops with up to with up to eight birds in residential neighborhoods. Up to four bee hives are allowed outright.
Seattle Farms is a three-year project to use city land for commercial food production. The goal is to address the need for more opportunities to grow and sell food in the city. Experienced farmers can participate.
If you are looking for a community garden or farm stand, check out the P-Patch website created by the city of Seattle.
One of the greatest resources is Seattle Tilth which teaches people to grow food in a wide variety of classes, programs and community events. They are the trusted “go-to” source for organic gardening education in the region and have taught thousands of adults and children in hands-on educational programs. With the popularity of urban livestock, their programs have become very popular since they literally wrote the book on farming in the city: Your Farm in the City.
Other resources for urban farming include
- Urban Farm Schoolhouse formerly known as Seattle Urban Farm School, is dedicated to helping you grow your own food, no matter the size of your yard or balcony! You don’t have to have a “green thumb” to be successful in the garden.
- Urban Farm Hub – Urban Farm Hub is a place for you to learn what’s going on in the Puget Sound region’s urban agriculture scene, pick up ideas for your own urban homesteading projects and find ways to connect with local programs with a farming bent.