This holiday season, SACA encourages you to purchase gifts for your loved ones from local artists and organizations! Our gift guide features BIPOC-centered local artists and organizations that offer a variety of gift options:
Monyee Chau (b. 1996) is a Seattle-based contemporary Taiwanese, Chinese American artist. They received their BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018. Monyee explores the journey of healing through decolonization and reconnecting with their roots and ancestors through a variety of mediums. They have shown and curated multiple shows at Cornish College of the Arts, Pilchuck Glass School, Wing Luke Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and various exhibitions throughout Seattle. They has been the recipient of multiple Pilchuck scholarships, Cornish's Art Merit scholarship, and nominations to the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, and the Corning award.
Monyee has a variety of their works available for purchase on their website ranging from prints to pins.
Originally from Hawaii, and raised outside of Portland, OR, Jennifer Fujimoto completed her BFA in Graphic Communication Design at the University of Denver in 1996. For over 20 years, Jennifer worked as a graphic and user experience designer for companies such as Google, amazon.com, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Nike, playing a prominent role in shaping some of the most popular products and applications of our time.
In 2015, Jennifer took her first ceramics class at Pottery Northwest. There she discovered a passionate community of like-minded makers, and a medium that allowed her to apply her background in graphic design and enthusiasm for Japanese folk art and textiles to tangible and useful, handmade products.
Jennifer's online shop is currently closed, but you can view and purchase her works in different in-person shops including at Bezel & Kiln, Saltstone Ceramics, and Venue Ballard.
A.O. Hamer is a Seattle artist who creates works of art using acrylic paints. She made the decision to pursue my art career after leaving her hometown in Chicago and moving to Seattle in 2013. You may also know her from her work with Vivid Matter Collective.
A.O. Hamer sells various works on her online shop including prints, scarves, and the new zodiac candles.
Ciara is a Chamoru artist currently based in Bellingham, Washington. She grew up in Guam, where she was surrounded by a mix of my Indigenous Chamoru culture and people from all over the Pacific islands, Asia, and the US mainland. Her art is rooted and influenced by her culture and inspired by all the different styles and flavors found on the beautiful island. The goal of her work is to empower and uplift others, celebrate differences, and encourage love.
Her online shop includes great gift options from enamel pins and bandanas to jewelry and art prints.
Aisha Smith, LMT is a licensed massage therapist based out of Lynnwood, WA. While helping people is a primary passion, she has a special place in her heart reserved specifically for prioritizing the healing of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Queer, Trans and Non Binary folks of all gender identities. Her dream of seeing all people feel safe, seen and receive the help to facilitate the healing they need to lead healthy and thriving lives, is the driving force of her work.
December Special: Buy one 60 or 90 minute session, get one at 50% off. Limit of 3.
Blue Cactus Press is a hybrid publisher making books by Queer and BIPOC authors, with exceptions. They also help writers self-publish meaningful, high-quality books. Many of their titles center on themes of mental health, caregiving, and equity.
Their online shop features over 20 titles from local queer and BIPOC authors.
Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) - an artist, activist and educator widely known for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his urban environment to make strong statements about identity - started customizing shoes in his living room.
You can visit their store in the Atrium, which is across the street from The Showbox and just steps from 1st and Pike. Look for the neon hummingbird. New store hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10am-5:30pm.
You can also view their online shop.
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington's Hosekibako is a re-sale store for Japanese and Japanese-inspired items. Their inventory is entirely donated to them by the community and made available at affordable prices, so you can experience and share Japanese culture and traditions at home!
You can visit their store, open Thursday through Sunday from 10am - 3pm or shop their online store!
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation provides an extensive array of culturally responsive services and programming to Seattle and King County's urban Native community. Their Sacred Circle Gifts and Art features artworks from Native artists.
You can shop online or visit one of their in-person locations:
Skate Like A Girl's sessions make a perfect gift for anyone of all genders typically ages 5-12. Each session has specific audiences catering to various skaters. They currently have skate sessions specifically for those who identify as women, trans, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming.
The Arete Project is offering 3-month dance programs as well as drop-in dance classes for everyday working professionals in the Greater Seattle area. They are passionate about making dance approachable, digestible and enjoyable for movers of all levels. Topics vary from Dance Fundamentals, Rhythm & Grooves, House Dance Foundations, and more.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday January 11- March 31. The 3-month courses run from 6:00-7:30pm. Drop-in classes are 8:00-9:00pm.