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the Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other by providing resources to artists and programming for community members.

Photograph by Anna Schneider.

​Our historic Women's Building is located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Wiyot peoples in the area named Goudi'ni. We recognize we occupy this land as uninvited guests of the Wiyot people, acknowledge their primacy of relationship to this land and extend our gratitude for their stewardship of it since time immemorial.
  • Taco Tuesday
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jan 31
    Jan 31, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    Arcata, 1301 J St, Arcata, CA 95521, USA
    6–7 p.m. - Prep; 7–8 p.m - Eating Come to our community potluck—Bring your favorite taco filling, and we'll provide the homemade tortillas.
  • Art Night
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Feb 02
    the Sanctuary
    Feb 02, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
    the Sanctuary, 1301 J St, Arcata, CA 95521, USA
    Open creative time with the Sanctuary community.

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Need a place for your creativity?

Have you been looking for a community-based artist studio or a workspace away from home? We have good news for you!


The Sanctuary offers 2 types of shared creative workspace:


24/7 access to the full building for $100/month. You can use the equipment and communal materials that are on site. This also comes with the ability to reserve 10 hours of time a month for specific equipment use (a la letterpress or great hall dance floor).


Use the Sanctuary as a coworking space for $50/month. You receive 24/7 access to the upstairs, use of wifi, bathrooms, the kitchen, and the backyard. This does not include communal material use, equipment access, or reservation time.

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Want to teach an art class, host a film screening, or teach music lessons? We have you covered.


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