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


Fri, Dec 13
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Zigtebra Collaborative Music Video


Happening concurrently with the Winter Pop-up Shop for Arts! Arcata.

Zigtebra is an indie art pop band and the current Sanctuary Artists in Residence. They want your help with their latest music video!

Joe Zeph will facilitate a vocal recording booth for anyone to come and contribute a vocal take for the chorus. All skill levels and ages will be included, supported, and encouraged to participate. Meanwhile, Emily will have a video setup pointed to the stage, and will teach people in groups how to do a simple dance move to the simple beat playing in the room. She will facilitate video participants in having a fun and positive time on stage, with folks encouraged to try on items from the Sanctuary’s costume closet.

The final hour of the event will be spent fielding questions about DIY audio production, writing, touring, music video production, or anything else community members have always wanted to know from a touring band. In this way they hope to provide information, encouragement, excitement, and a sense of connectedness to the Sanctuary and Arcata community.

The recording sessions will be from 4 to 6 p.m. as we transition into Arts! Arcata and our Wintertime Pop-up Shop that evening. Come on by and contribute a wiggle or a line to this collaborative community music video.

Fri, Dec 13
6:00 pm

Wintertime Pop-up Shop


The Sanctuary hosts a Pop-Up Shop this winter season featuring artworks and handmade crafts made by artists and friends of the Sanctuary. On December 13th 6 to 9, and December 14th 12 to 6, you are invited to come by and enjoy handmade goods, refreshments and treats, music, and warmth in our upstairs venue. A selection of small works from the Fair will be in the gallery from December 6th to the 17th, and may be seen during any Sanctuary event.

Come by early to participate in Zigtebra’s new music video, 4 to 6 p.m. before Arts! Arcata.

Sat, Dec 14
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Professor Williker’s Puppet Slam


Doors at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.
$10 – $25 sliding scale

With days short and nights long, please join us inside for a series of contemporary short form puppet and object theatre performances centered around themes of light, winter, gathering and connection. There will be local acts, traveling acts, and live music. Performances are for adult audience and are experimental by nature. Come get cozy and celebrate the many diverse traditions of Puppet Theatre in this intimate, tactile and compelling form of entertainment. This production is a collaboration with the Arcata Playhouse, who has hosted these events for many years. Thank you for sharing in this fun with us!

Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network:

Sun, Dec 15
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, Dec 18
All Day

Winter Closure


We’ll be closed from December 18th through January 31st, returning February 1st.
Photo credit: Arcata’s Catticus Finch sees his first snow – by Steph McGeary, Lost Coast Outpost February 10th, 2019.


Wed, Dec 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Figure Drawing


Come join us for Figure Drawing sessions at the Sanctuary every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30!  Sessions are hosted by Natalie Williams, Sanctuary co-operator and artist. We begin with short poses, 1-5 minutes, and end with longer poses 10-20 minutes.  Tea and snacks are served at a short break midway through the session. Some drawing materials and easels are provided. Please bring your own drawing board if you need to use one, and please arrive on time.  Sliding scale: $5 – $15.
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Fri, Dec 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.

Sat, Dec 14
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.