Ballard sits on the northwest corner of Seattle, sandwiched between Phinney Ridge and Fremont to the east, and the Puget Sound to the west, stretching south to north from Salmon Bay up to Golden Gardens. Like Columbia City, Ballard was its own city, until it became part of the city of Seattle in 1907. At this time, many Scandinavians were migrating to Ballard specifically, seeking out jobs in mills and fisheries. The National Nordic Museum, located in Ballard honors that legacy. In the 19-teens, a ship canal was built to connect the Puget sound to Lakes Union and Washington. To this day, Salmon Bay is a major maritime waterway. The Hiram Chittendon Locks, named after the lead engineer, beyond being a function for boats and ships, also has a Fish Ladder built in function to the thousands of salmon that return to the fresh water rivers to spawn. The salmon in the icon is a reference to this special ladder. You can see the salmon in the fish ladder yourself at the Ballard Locks between July - September. You can follow along how many fish have been spotted per day here. See how many you can spot!
All videos will be livestreamed noon-1pm on October 16, and available to rewatch here soon after!
Meet the strings instruments with Orquesta Northwest
Teo Benson, violin I
Irina Shpigelman, violin II
Gretchen Nicole Yanover, cello
Baltazar Juarez, principal harp player at the Mexican National Symphony
Josefa Madrigal, dancer
Founded in 2019, Orquesta Northwest is the culmination of three programs that have developed over the last thirteen years.
In the beginning, Young Strings Outreach (YSO), formerly Young Strings Project Outreach, launched in 2006 as a platform to provide underprivileged youth with free instruction on classical string instruments. Initiatives from YSO expanded outside of Seattle to provide opportunities for youth in Mexico. After the expansion of YSO, the Ballard Civic Orchestra (BCO) was founded in 2015 to provide adult professional and amateur musicians an opportunity…
National Nordic Museum
Nordic Stories with the National Nordic Museum
The National Nordic Museum in Ballard, Seattle, shares Nordic culture, values, and ideas with people of all ages and backgrounds to create connections, generate dialogue, and inspire new perspectives.
Julefest! Fun, festive, and holiday cheer for the whole family at the National Nordic Museum.
On November 20-21, 2021, the National Nordic Museum will host its 44th annual Julefest: A Nordic Holiday Celebration. This cultural community event transforms the Museum grounds into a traditional outdoor Nordic market similar to those widely attended throughout the Nordic region. Crafts and activities available for children. Visit their website for more info.
Push/Pull (Maxx Follis-Goodkind)
Autumn leaf salmon with Push/Pull Seattle
Push/Pull is an art center in Ballard. We help artists of all levels create with our selection of art supplies, host a range of art classes, and provide a gallery and shop space for artists to sell their work. We believe everyone should have art in their life. Visit their website for more info.
As part of our virtual programming, we encourage audience members to donate directly to artists, or organizations of the artist choosing. Please direct donations for Push/Pull to their donate page.
Did you Know?
Did you know that the Ballard Locks has a special ladder to help salmon to pass through to get to their breeding grounds? Every year from July through October, you can see the salmon swim by!
Maxx at Push/Pull Gallery celebrates this special trip with an art project you can make using materials found at home and outside!