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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

About Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institue (LHPAI)

Built in 1915, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is a historic landmark in the historic Central Area of Seattle. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca, and formerly the Jewish Synagogue of Chevra Biku Cholim, the building became a community center and part of the City of Seattle's facilities in 1972. It underwent extensive renovations in 2011 to preserve its architectural character and update the facilities. It is now a community facility that may be rented for events and community programs. LHPAI partners with the new non-profit LANGSTON to continue being a center for African American arts and culture in Seattle. It is also home to the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and The Historic Central Area Arts and Cultural District.

LANGSTON is the new non-profit arts organization created to continue the programmatic mission of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON, the culmination of a community-led three-year review and engagement process with the vision of transforming the programming arm of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute into an independent and thriving arts organization, is envisioned as a steward for an African American arts and cultural hub in Seattle. LANGSTON is based out of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute building and is the primary contact for programming partnerships.

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Hours

Office Hours

LHPAI is open to the public during scheduled events and by appointment only for event booking and building tours.

COVID Safety

In accordance with King County Public Health guidelines, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will no longer require visitors to show proof of vaccination or wear face masks when visiting. We ask that you stay home if you feel sick and remain mindful of our community’s varying levels of comfort as we go through this transition.

Contact Us

(206) 684-4758
langston.institute@seattle.gov

Getting Here

Plan your trip and don't forget to check the traffic conditions at Seattle Traffic

King Street Station is located at 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104. The station is conveniently located where the Downtown Central Business District, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown / International District all meet (on Jackson Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues South).

There are multiple options for reaching the station using public transit:

  • The Sounder regional commuter train stops at the station, as do all of Amtrak's national and international lines.
  • The Link Light Rail stops at the International District Station, one block east of the station.
  • Many King County Metro Bus lines pass within a block of the station, including 1, 7, 36, 14.

Where do I park? There are multiple paid garages and parking lots in the neighborhood, as well as street parking. You can view the Seattle Parking Map here.

Accessibility

LHPAI is dedicated to providing access to patrons with disabilities to make your visit enjoyable. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and hope to enhance your visit with us.

If you require special services and auxiliary aids when visiting LHPAI, please contact us at (206) 684-4758 10 business days in advance to allow for your personal assistance to be arranged.

If we can improve our service to our patrons with disabilities we encourage you to let us know.

LHPAI Opportunities

LHPAI Facilities Grant

LHPAI Facility Grant

The LHPAI Facility Grant aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle. The LHPAI Facility Grant seeks to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American and Diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies.

The LHPAI Facility Grant provides in-kind support for public projects, opportunities, or events presented by individuals, groups, organizations, or communities. The grant takes the form of up to 40 hours of staffed building use for a public arts or cultural event at LHPAI. The LHPAI Facility Grant consists solely of facility use and staff time.

Plan an Event

Whether you are planning a reception, wedding, performance, birthday celebration, or organization meeting, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute's unique facilities and attentive staff will ensure the best possible event for you and your guests.

Theater

LHPAI Theatre

The 285 black-plum velvet seat theater boasts beautiful acoustical sound. It is the perfect setting for performances including plays and films, conferences, and weddings. Capacity: 285 seats.

Grand Rehearsal Hall

LHPAI Grand Rehearsal Hall

A unique venue boasting sprung, dance studio floors, it is ideal for professional dance rehearsals, performances, cocktail parties, wedding ceremonies or luncheons. Capacity: standing 300; seated 150.

West RoomLHPAI Kitchen

The West Room is a comfortable venue and is perfect for small conferences, meetings, or workshops. Capacity: 45 Seated.

Services

  • Lobby
  • Green Room
  • Dressing Rooms
  • Free Parking
  • Audio/Video support
  • ADA Accessibility
  • Kitchen access

Any individual, group, organization, or corporation may apply for use of the facility.

A contract and an estimate of total expenses may be provided at the client consultation.  To proceed with the promotion of your event, a deposit based on the total rental amount is required and with the formal signed contract.

For hourly room fees and charges contact us at (206) 684-4758 or langston.institute@seattle.gov

Arts & Culture

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Address: 303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94748, Seattle, WA , 98124-4748
Phone: (206) 684-7171
Fax: (206) 684-7172
arts.culture@seattle.gov

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The Office of Arts & Culture promotes the value of arts and culture in, and of, communities throughout Seattle. It strives to ensure that a wide range of high-quality artistic experiences are available to everyone, encourage artist-friendly arts and cultural policy.