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


Sat, Feb 29
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artists Dismantling Capitalism at Arcata Playhouse


Local nonprofit Cooperation Humboldt will host the third annual Artists Dismantling Capitalism conference on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Creamery District in Arcata from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Sanctuary co-operators and Studio Artist Hazel Rickard will be hosting the “Designing a Society” workshop at 3 p.m.

This Symposium will be highly participatory, offering 16 workshops facilitated by artists, community members and others. Workshops will focus on a wide range of topics including theater, hip hop, artist spaces, spirituality, and more. In addition to local community members and artists, the conference will feature visiting facilitators including Kwame Braxton and Abrianni Perry of Cooperation Jackson, MS. and Ali Meders-Knight & Mel Figueroa from Chico

“The aim of Artists Dismantling Capitalism is to bring together artists, culture workers, social change agents and anyone and everyone who knows that we can collectively create a society that is loving, compassionate, inclusive and beautiful,” said Cooperation Humboldt organizer Ruthi Engelke. “We are very excited that for the third year, we are able to offer a wide variety of workshops to the community that explore how we may create that society through the power of creativity and art.”

Sat, Feb 29
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Cowtown Serenaders & Hazel Ra


The Cowtown Serenaders with Hazel Rickard & Kyle Butz
Doors at 6:30, show at 7:00, $10-25 at the door

Sanctuary organizers Tayloranne Finch and Daniel Nickerson are excited to share their most recent work with the community, a collage performance of song, story, and performance art called “A Trip to Cowtown.” Featuring the Incredible Collapsible Magical Marionette Music Box, this work was first performed as part of the Eureka Fringe Festival in 2019. It tells the story of Peggy Pilgrim and Toe-Tapping Tommy, two wandering spirits who become friends in a world where all travel and spontaneity has been banned by the Good Government. This show will also be a celebration of the release of the Cowtown Serenaders first full-length album, “Dream Songs for the Endless Weekend,” recorded at the Sanctuary last fall. Former artist resident Hazel Rickard and Kyle Butz will be providing an opening set of music.


Daniel Nickerson and Tayloranne Finch create work as the Cowtown Serenaders to combine their interests in music, art, storytelling and performance. Their recordings and shows are characterized by acoustic sounds, natural materials, and fable-like stories, woven together to create a living tapestry of alternative Americana.

Tue, Mar 03
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Palmer T Lee & Humbird


Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00
$10-25 at the door
The Sanctuary, 1301 J St, Arcata

For the past three years, Olypmia-based folksinger Palmer T Lee has stopped in at the Sanctuary with the Lowest Pair, his duo collaboration with another great Northwest songwriter, Kendl Winter. This time around, he’ll be performing solo, sharing material from a new album of songs, “Winebringer.” A copy of the record was deposited in the Sanctuary’s collection last year, and it has proven to be a good friend to have during these cold months. Joining him on this tour will be Humbird, the songwriting outlet of Minneapolis-based Siri Undlin.

Thu, Mar 12
8:00 pm

Johanna Warren & Samara Jade

Doors at 7:30, music at 8:00
$10-25 at the doorWhen asked what motivates her to make music, Johanna Warren responds immediately: “Music is vibration; it’s a direct way to affect matter. A song is a way to journey into places of discord and then resolve back into harmony.” A nomadic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Warren constructs complex, gossamer folk compositions that draw from the richness of the human experience and her own unique flavor of mysticism. Her critically acclaimed 2018 release Gemini II has received praise from The New York Times, Pitchfork and NPR, among others, and her 2015 sophomore album, numun, found its way on to several notable year end lists and led Rolling Stone Magazine to name her a “Songwriter You Need to Know.”

Samara Jade, currently with Jumpsuit Records, is a modern folk troubadour – a writer, performer and leader of songs who stitches together a unique genre-bending tapestry of sounds and stories. With skillfully innovative guitar playing, an acrobatically emotive voice, and a knack for clever and piercingly truthful lyrics, Samara’s songs stimulate minds, open hearts, empty tear-ducts and perhaps best fall into the nutshell of a fan-coined genre: “Philosopholk.”

Sat, Mar 14
12:00 am - 10:00 pm

Pi Day Party & Kinetic Fundraiser


Hosted by the Kinetic Paranormal Society.
Help us celebrate the roundest number of them all! 3.14159..

PIE, Pizza, Drinks! Games, Prizes, Music, Dancing and Puppets!

This party is a fundraiser for the Kinetic Paranormal Society’s race team and will feature bingo, raffles, and a puppet karaoke contest where YOU can enter to sing a duet with a puppet from the KPS!

Live Music from: The Cowtown Serenaders, Los Peridos, Drip Torch, and more dance party after that.

Doors open at 5:00, Puppet show by the KPS at 5:30. Sliding scale: $5-25

Sat, Mar 21
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Will Karmis & Paulastretch


Doors at 7:30, music at 8:00
$10-25 at the door

Two experimental musicians and sound artists from the east coast will be passing through our hall as part of a 40 date tour that will take them all over the U.S. Their music is a fascinating eddy of sounds, brittle and beautiful, and we’re looking forward to an evening of entrancing sounds.

Will Karmis is a musical improviser, guitarist and songwriter. Weaving together the expressions of drone poetry and song, their music exists between states of untethered ambient improvisation and reflective folk. Cycles, lines of desire, and streamed consciousness are threaded throughout Will’s work.


On tour to support their new release “Shellbody,” Paulastretch composes lush, ambience zones from the dungeon of circuit bent tape players and lo-fi samplers. Echoing samples form percussive dots connected by decaying drone swells.


Sat, Feb 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.

Sun, Mar 08
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

Fri, Mar 13
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts! Arcata


Come and join us every second Friday evening in the meeting room to see a rotating variety of artists. Exhibitions are two months long, see our newsletter for current artist(s) being featured.