The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.


Fri, Jul 12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts! Arcata with Jacquelyn Stuber


Come and join us every second Friday evening in the meeting room to see a rotating variety of artists. This month we have Signs of Water and Site Reading: Photographs by Jacquelyn Stuber.

Signs of Water documents the wooden signs around Arcata that are posted at openings into the creeks under the streets, marking the mile and name of the stream. Arcata, like many cities, is built on top of a system of creeks. Some diverted, some culverted, underground or hidden in between blocks of buildings. To encounter a sign is to be suddenly reminded of the extent to which we have altered the environment to create the ground we walk on; aware that there is a world of water under our feet that has been covered, but still flows.

Site Reading is an ongoing exploration of landscapes and the natural world, a study of color, texture, and feelings one is immersed in when encountering the edge of wilderness.

Signs of Water and Site Reading will be on display at the Sanctuary, 1301 J Street in Arcata, from June 1-July 31, with an opening reception at Arts Arcata Friday June 14 from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed during North Coast Open Studios the first two weekends of June, during Open Lab on Saturdays from 12-6 p.m., and at Arts Arcata July 12.

There will be a guided bike tour of the creek signs around Arcata on Saturday July 20, meeting at the Sanctuary Open Lab at noon and heading out at 12:30 p.m.

Thu, Jul 18
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Eleanor Murray


Door at 7:30, concert at 8:00.
$10 – $25 suggested donation.

Songwriter, producer, and artist Eleanor Murray has spent the past twelve years creating and recording music out of the Pacific Northwest. With her new album, Compass, Murray has created a nuanced meditation on learning to embrace impermanence that’s as celebratory as it is cathartic. Her songs are often structurally complicated, while also sparse and open, full of warmth and light. Her chord progressions, rhythms and melodies draw as much from Appalachia as they do from jazz. Her lyrics are as cryptic as they are simple and straightforward. Each album’s sonic landscape is completely its own. Her music has spanned from sweet folk ballads to raucous marches. It’s the sound of a sincere artist ever-evolving, never slowing down, always growing.

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Sat, Jun 29
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Lab

Open Lab is a time for community access to art-making resources, tools and facilities. Sanctuary Lab Techs offer feedback and direction to participants, who are invited to use the Sanctuary’s many different studio spaces to create artwork and repair goods. Through shared resources and experience, Open Lab offers a safe harbor for the preservation of our creative selves.

Mon, Jul 08
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Song Circle with Theresa


Song circles with Theresa Horan-Sapunar are a safe, supportive space for all ages and experience levels to come together to breathe, sound, and sing. We learn simple songs and chants from various traditions, with evocative words and meanings that take us deeper into the experience of the moment. When sung repeatedly in an open-hearted manner, a special ambience develops, a sense of being in a sacred space created by the sound waves moving around and through us. This is a Humboldt SINGS event.

Free, donations accepted

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Sun, Jul 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sewing Night


Come the second Sunday of the month from 6pm to 9pm for sewing & mending night.

Suggested donation of $5 – $20

Call Debbie with questions.
(707) 822-4221

Wed, Jul 17
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Vocal Improv Circle Singing with Marika


Come join voices in circle as we create improvised music in community. We will create 3- and 4-part songs that have never before been sung, based on motifs suggested by leader Marika Chop and improvisations that arise from the group during singing. This type of vocal sharing heals and transforms as well as strengthens our community. This is a Humboldt SINGS event: all voices welcome.
Free, donations accepted.
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