Free workshop video series – Claymation Puppet Building
by Katy Warner

We’re proud to present the first of our series of workshop videos sponsored by the Grace Us Foundation. They will cover a wide variety of art and craft projects, most of which you can create at home with easy to find supplies. Stay tuned for a new video each week on our Youtube channel and on our website.

This is part one of a three part tutorial on making claymation movies by Violet Crabtree. In part one we’ll learn how to make a clay character, or puppet, to animate. Music by Hudson Glover.

Community Supported Art (CSA)

The Community Supported Art (CSA) program at the Sanctuary, modeled after similar programs used by small farms, cultivates a mutually beneficial relationship between artists and audiences. In previous years, members have received ceramic bottles, handmade books, framed block prints, and metal jewelry.

Mail subscriptions cost $35 a month. Select an option from the right. Supplies are limited
Note: local pick up subscriptions are not available at this time, but may be in future months.


The Sanctuary hosts 6 art shows each year, featuring local and visiting artists in solo and group shows. The gallery is featured each month during Arts! Arcata, every second Friday from 6 to 9 pm, where the public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy the show. Artists interested in being considered for a gallery exhibition can reach out to

Artist Residency

Our residency program is closed for 2020, and we will update this page once it is safe to reopen the program.

Visiting and local artist residents activate the lab facilities year round, creating art, teaching workshops, performing and recording music, learning new skills, and sharing meals with the community. To learn more about residencies at the Sanctuary, please explore the following:

Visiting Artist Residency (pdf) Local Artist Residency (pdf) Recording Residency (pdf)

Scholarships for Local Artist Residencies and Open Lab passes are available. You can contact us at for more information about how to apply.