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Art Alternatives

Art Alternatives is a Schack Art Center outreach program that provides weekly art classes for justice involved and homeless youth.

The program designer uses a research-based prevention model that focuses on skill building, healthy adult to youth relationships, and opportunities for recognition. Each class begins with the introduction of a new art lesson either in traditional art media, i.e. calligraphy, origami, printmaking and drawing, or non-traditional lessons, i.e. Zentangles®. 

Youth are taught that, "Every complex project is a series of simple steps," and through the art lessons and processes, given a voice, a way to positively impact their future.

Kathleen O'Neill Sande, Institution Education Program Supervisor for the Washington State OSPI, wrote, "This program is a great example of community involvement, coordination and cooperation."

Read more about this program in an article featured here. 

2021 Book, Possible Animal Athletes

Book Projects

Since 2003, youth in the program have collaborated on several high stakes community  projects. The most well-known projects are a series of eight "Possible" preschool books, which feature animals and sea life illustrations.

The story is written in both English and Spanish. Around 45,000 books have been given to young children throughout Snohomish County, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

The newest book, Possible Animal Athletes (pictured right), is available for $5 in our Gallery Store. Preschools or locations who wish to distribute the books to their communities for free should contact for more information.

Schack Story Stroll

Read a story while taking a stroll with your kids!

New for Summer 2021, the pages from our Possible Animal Athletes book have been blown up and mounted to signs. These signs are placed in public locations, allowing for folks to read the book while enjoying time outdoors.

You can find the Schack Story Stroll in the following locations on these specific dates:

August 20th-31, Port of Everett near Pacific Rim Plaza

Find our first Story Stroll along the fence line near Pacific Rim Plaza and then continuing south along the boardwalk. If you are attending Fresh Paint, this story stroll will lead you from our Shuttle Stop, straight to the Festival!

August 21st, Grand Avenue Park

More locations coming soon!


Funding for Art Alternatives is provided by:

  • Anne and Mary Arts and Environmental Ed Fund, Community Foundation of Snohomish County
  • City of Everett Human Needs Grant
  • Everett Clinic Foundation, The
  • EverTrust Foundation
  • K & H Integrated Print Solutions (special projects)
  • Nysether Family Foundation (special projects)
  • The Schiff Foundation
  • Along with general art education funders: The Boeing Company, BNSF Railway Foundation, H'Arts Patrons and Wells Fargo Foundation