Visit Allied Arts Association's Gallery At The Park
Allied Arts Association and gallery provides art development, awareness and education for the Mid-Columbia region of Washington State, including the cities of Pasco, Kennewick, Richland and surrounding areas.
Allied Arts Association began in 1947 as a group of individuals committed to sharing their knowledge of art with friends and the larger community. Allied Arts exists to:
- further community interest in various forms of visual art through exhibits
- offer educational opportunities in visual art for the community through workshops, demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and critiques
- encourage local artists to produce, improve, and present their work to the public
- cooperate with other groups in furthering art appreciation and building creative standards
- encourage and assist young people with artistic expression
In 1943, the small farm settlement of Richland, in Eastern Washington State, became a government city to house the thousands of people who came to work at the Hanford Works, part of the secret Manhattan Project to build an atomic bomb. Although the government provided some entertainment for the workers’ leisure time, the residents banded together early on to bring culture to this isolated place, and the arts became a vital part of the community.
Thelma Pearson, an art teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, organized one small group of artists during the late forties. They met in her school art room to paint, support each other, give workshops, and organize displays of their work. In 1948, they wrote a constitution, officially founding Allied Arts Association. To continue reading and for more information visit Allied Arts Association's website.