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Welcome to the Sanctuary

We are committed to creative growth through the arts and engendering a spirit of community. This is a grassroots experiment in sharing. Follow the link below to read more about us.

About Us
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Check out the link to the calendar below to see upcoming shows, workshops and events happening at the Sanctuary.

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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

See you there!

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Open Lab

Our open lab hours are

12 pm to 7 pm
11 am to 4:30 pm.
11 am to 4:30 pm.

See the link below for more information.

Open Lab Brochure

Upcoming Events at the Sanctuary

Friday, September 30th Selector Dub Narcotic // Hartle Road

Selector Dub Narcotic


Selector Dub Narcotic is the pseudonym of choice for Calvin Johnson. His upcoming LP, This Party Is Just Getting Started, is an exercise in ecstatic genre-smashing, and was made in collaboration with producer Smoke M2D6 at Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, WA and Smoke’s studio, The Bass Mint. Its 14 tracks pull listeners through hypnotic dance beats, wild, unravelling linear imaginings of pop melodies, and Johnson’s perennial deadpan croon.

Johnson's work in underground culture started as a teenage fan volunteering at his local community radio station, KAOS-FM. He moved on to writing for fanzines, organizing music and film events and playing music in various ill-fated bands. He established K, a local-oriented media outlet, in 1982.

In 1993, Calvin founded Dub Narcotic Studio in which he has documented the work of artists such as Mirah, the Blow, Versus, Built to Spill, Fitz of Depression, Make-Up and Little Wings. It has also been the incubator of many of Johnson’s own experiments in collaboration and self-expression, such as Beat Happening, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and of course, Selector Dub Narcotic.

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Hartle Road


Hartle Road is a rock and roll band from Columbus, Mississippi. So says their website:

From the demented mind of the Magnolia State we bring you Hartle Road. Sounding somewhat like “Head-era Monkees mixed with pre-disco Bee-Gees from some Podunk town you’ve never heard of, while also falling somewhere between the music you heard in your head while receiving your first kiss or your first whipping." These kids are too moral for the immoral, while being too immoral for the moral.

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Art Facilities - Open to the Public

        In an attempt to make artistry more accessible to the general public, the Sanctuary provides essential resources that would not otherwise be available to artists and makers with limited space, tools, or knowledge. Three days a week the public is invited for Open Lab hours in our studio and workshop spaces, where they explore and create with the guidance of knowledgeable technicians. These spaces not only inspire art-making but also the restoration, recycling and repurposing of old materials, modeling a lifestyle of waste-diversion and prevention.

Our open lab hours on:

12 pm to 7 pm

11 am to 4:30 pm.

11 am to 4:30 pm


Current Art Exhibit at the Sanctuary

Arcata “En Plein Air” & Historic Postcards of Arcata from “The Humboldt Project”

The Sanctuary is pleased to announce two new exhibitions. The main hall will feature Arcata “En Plein Air,” a series of paintings depicting the neighborhood surrounding the Sanctuary as well as many other notable local vistas. Participating artists include Jody Bryan, Andrew Daniel, Steve Porter, and Paul Rikard. The meeting room will feature Historic Postcards of Arcata, a collection of original postcards which were provided by collector Steve Lazar of The Humboldt Project. The exhibitions will be on view through the months of September and October, with an opening reception taking place 6-9pm on September 9th during Arts Arcata.

This pair of exhibitions provide both a historic and a current view of Arcata, and are being held in celebration of the 100th year birthday of the building that houses the Sanctuary. Originally built as the Arcata Women’s Club, The Sanctuary’s home has long been a center for community gathering and celebration. The Sanctuary will mark the 100th year of the building on October 8th with an open house featuring live music, delicious local foods, a silent auction, art demonstrations, and birthday games. Mark your calendars!

Eastern European Folk Music Meetup - Starts Mid-August

You are invited to play and sing a variety of Eastern European, Balkan, and international folk music with a new community music group (hosted by members of Chubritza) meeting on Monday evenings at the Sanctuary at 1301 J Street in Arcata!

All instruments and levels are welcome. Vocal emphasis from 7-7:30, vocals and instruments from 7:30-8 and instruments from 8-8:30.

Please bring a variety of instruments, your singing voice, and music you would like to try. Participants are welcome to read music or learn by ear. (A recording device may be helpful.) We will bring a number of tunes to the first session and choose among them when we see who attends.

A $1-5 donation per session is requested toward cost of the space, with thanks to the Humboldt Folklife Society for providing a grant to subsidize expenses.

We would love to hear from you if you plan to attend to gain a better idea of what kind of instruments we may have and how many copies to make (although an RSVP is not required.)

For more information about this meetup, please contact Linnea at 707-496-6784 or or Craig at 707-496-6734

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