Vibrant Palette Arts Center

A Social Innovation Spotlight

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We visited Vibrant Palette Arts Center (VPAC), an art-focused day program that empowers artists with disabilities, raises the visibility of their work, and builds a more inclusive arts community in Seattle. Founder and Executive Director Diane Knoll is the recipient of The Cloud Room's Social Innovation Scholarship- a program that highlights emerging leaders in community organizing, social justice, gender equity, and technology dedicated to bettering Seattle's present and future.

When asked why he enjoys art class, artist Nathan said that it “helps illustrate his world and socialize.” It didn’t take long to see that each artist was happy to be there, each with their own unique style and reason for attending.

Diane describes in her own words how Vibrant Palette came to fruition: 

 “As an occupational therapist, I have worked over the past 17 years with people of all ages and types of disabilities. I have always found art to be a common thread of engagement for meaningful activity in people’s lives. After years of experience working in special education, I found that as my students became closer to graduating, their families would begin to panic due to limited job and programming options once they had transitioned out of services at age 21. At the same time, I learned about Creative Growth, a visual arts day program in Oakland, California and thought that surely Seattle would offer a similar opportunity and wanted to explore volunteer options. To my dismay, our community offered nothing, and so the idea for Vibrant Palette was formed. We opened our doors in January of 2017 to two artists and have grown to fifteen artists at the beginning of 2019.”

The Cloud Room is proud to support this incredible organization, and will be hosting Bright Futures, VPAC’s Spring fundraiser, on March 24th. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more, visit . Vibrant Palette Arts is also currently seeking individuals to join their Board of Directors

To learn more about the Social Innovation Scholarship, click here. We are always looking for applicants!


Summer 2018 at Chophouse Row!

Chophouse Row has announced its busiest summer calendar yet, and there is something in it for everyone. Check out all the events and offerings below! We can't wait to see you in the courtyard this summer.

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It's summertime

in the Chophouse Row courtyard.

Sunday Funday Dance Party - Chophouse Row will host a courtyard dance party on three Sunday afternoons this summer: June 24th, July 29th, and August 26th from 3-7pm.  Bask in the sunshine, enjoy food and drink, listen to tunes, bring family and friends, and DANCE your pants off.  Food, beer and wine available from Bar Ferdinand and Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe, and award-winning ice cream from Kurt Farm Shop.  DJ Sets - Suliman and Friends Spinning Tunes. All ages are welcome. FREE.

This year, Chophouse Row and Capitol Hill Block Party are partnering to launch a Chophouse Row Stage for the first time ever.  Programmed with a curated set of DJ’s throughout the weekend, this space is open to the public (enter from the 12th Ave side) as well as Block Party goers (enter through Block Party on the 11th Ave side).  FREE.

Outdoor Yoga will be located in the Chophouse Row Courtyard every Saturday, hosted by SweatBox. Join teacher Alyssa for an All Levels Vinyasa class, don’t forget your mat and water bottle.  Every Saturday from June 30th – September 1st; 11:30-12:30pm. Pre-registration for this class is required.

After a winter hiatus, Chophouse Row Night Market is back with more product than ever. Matt Dillon vends produce from Old Chaser Farm and is now offering handmade sausages, Hama Hama Oysters, and the infamous Plane Bread. Create a custom bouquet from Brita Fisher’s beautiful selection of seasonal island grown flowers. Wine tasting at Bar Ferdinand (5-7pm).   Visit Night Market every Wednesday in the Chophouse Row courtyard from 4-8pm.

Ghost Cabin Art Installation Grand Opening – Saturday August 4th.  A collaboration between SHED Architecture, Greg Lundgren, and Plumb Level Square will be officially unveiled August 4th during a celebration from 5-9 pm hosted by City Arts, Northwest Film Forum, and Chophouse Row.   

Art Walk at Chophouse Row - Every second Thursday during Capitol Hill Art Walk, Chophouse Row hosts local artists selling their artworks and prints and live musical performances followed by a projection experience by Northwest Film Forum.  July 12th, August 9th, and September 13th from 6-9 pm.

The Chophouse Row Head to Toe fashion and beauty fair, August 18th 2-8pm, is curated by our style partners Cuniform. This event hosts an array of hair, skin, eye and, wardrobe experts who bring a sensibility and function to service and products. Pop in for a bang trim, shop wallet-friendly vintage and designer clothing, visit Chophouse Row boutiques including the Moo-Young Concept Shop, Honed and Sway & Cake, pick up a pair of new sunglasses, or get your brows waxed by Cake Skincare! Think of it as the summer’s one-stop-styling-shop; all of your needs in one place.

And to top it all off, in the category of “calendar as art”, a new installation by artist and muralist Meagan Lingerfelt, will be installed in early July as a central feature for posting events for both Chophouse Row and its affiliated workspace / culture club The Cloud Room, in a beautiful format that onsite residents and visitors can easily reference.  



Announcing the 2018 Cloud Room SIS Winners!

The Cloud Room Social Innovation Scholarship 


The Cloud Room is proud to announce the winners of our first ever Social Innovation Scholarship!


The Cloud Room has always recognized that rising social inequality and displacement drives out the artists, creators and independent non-profits whose energy and voices are necessary to combat the urgent challenges that Seattle faces.  Rapid growth has created much opportunity for some but not for many others, so we are doubling down and expanding our reach in 2018 to include emerging leaders in community organizing, social justice, gender equity, and technology dedicated to bettering Seattle's present and future.


We recognize that we can’t do this alone and so The Social Innovation Scholarship deepens our commitment to co create a diverse and thriving membership community together with our city that will help to make Seattle a better place for all.  In launching the Social Innovation Scholarship, The Cloud Room intends to provide a home and incubation for three projects that we are inspired by because they have great potential to make an impact on Seattle in these critical areas.

Over the course of a year, recipients will have full access to our community, programming, and support from our incredible member networks. Scholarship recipients will be encouraged and empowered to grow their network at The Cloud Room to better amplify their work and impact the communities they serve.

The Cloud Room Innovation Scholarship Winners:

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Abel Pacheco: Director of Strategic Engagement: Washington MESA

Abel leads the legislative and fundraising strategies for the Washington MESA program at the University of Washington. Washington MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) was established by state statute in 1984 to focus on increasing the number of historically underrepresented populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields; i.e. African-American, Latino, Native American, and women.  The program currently has 18 centers across the state focused on increasing the academic achievement of students and ensuring their success in STEM fields.   

In the Fall of 2018 students of color will be become the majority in Washington State public schools, thus increasing the importance and need of the MESA program. The scholarship of the Cloud Room will allow Abel and his colleagues at Washington MESA to leverage the professional network of the Cloud Room to enhance program messaging, volunteerism, and awareness efforts of the need to diversify the STEM professions. Given the timing of the Cloud Room Scholarship and Washington MESA’s mission, the collective partnership has an opportunity to inspire a new and more diverse generation of STEM professionals in Washington State.

Abel holds bachelors in political science/business administration from California State University, Northridge, as well as a graduate degree from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.  Abel completed his graduate school fellowship at The Seattle Foundation and currently serves on United Way of King County’s Emerging Leaders board.

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Jovelle Tamayo: Visual Journalist and Co-founder of Authority Collective

Jovelle Tamayo is an independent photo and video journalist who was born in Olongapo City, Philippines, raised in New Jersey and now based in South Seattle. 


She is a founding member of the Authority Collective — a group of womxn, femmes, non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people of color working to reclaim their authority in photography, film and VR/AR. 


The Authority Collective’s mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of visual media. 


But undoing centuries of abuse is not easy and will take real effort. The Authority Collective will collaborate with individuals and organizations who share a vision of shifting the power dynamic in media, so the stories we tell more accurately represent the diversity of our world. True allyship means moving past merely recognizing privilege and voicing support. The Authority Collective asks colleagues to commit to anti-oppressive practices in professional and personal settings, and to uplift visual artists of color through mentorship, funding, jobs and leadership roles. 


The Authority Collective’s members are based all over the country — from Los Angeles to New York City. As a founding member based in Seattle, Jovelle hopes to leverage her local connections to benefit visual artists of color working in our region, and help facilitate collaborations between different organizations with the shared goal of building a more equitable industry. 


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Diane Knoll and Vibrant Palette

Diane is the founder of Vibrant Palette, an organization that aims to serve adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities by providing a day program in a professional studio environment with a focus on learning about and creating visual arts.