Image by Aren Roberson
Image by Aren Roberson

This week Franklin High School, across the street from Mount Baker Station, is holding its annual Arts Festival and Talent Show.

Festivities begin with an art opening at 5:30 pm, Thursday, May 16, at Mioposto, 3601 S. McClellan St, a one half mile walk from the station.  Walk north on Rainier until McClellan, then east.  Mioposto is located in my all time favorite building in Seattle.  A beautiful art deco building that serves as the anchor of that part of the neighborhood (but unfortunately could not be built today).  The main attraction is the talent show Friday, May 17, starting at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 3013 S. Mount Baker Blvd. The arts festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on the plaza in front of FHS.

The events, which are open to the public, bring together students, their families, teachers and staff and Mount Baker neighbors. The festival raises money to benefit Franklin’s art, drama and music programs and student clubs, while the talent show raises money for the senior class of 2015. Tickets to the talent show are $3 for FHS students and $5 for others. The art opening and the arts festival are free.

The festival will feature student performances, including the steel drum band, fashion club, jazz band, Quaker band and lion dancers, along with displays of visual art, ceramics and wood arts. Student clubs will sell heirloom tomato and vegetable plants, treats and handmade crafts. Also for sale are woodcrafts, such as cutting boards, created by students and notecards featuring student art. Vietnamese sandwiches, chips and soft drinks also will be for sale.

For more information, see the full press release, check out the event’s Facebook page, or email   While my 10 week old son is the ultimate ‘decider’ when it comes to my schedule, we hope to check out the art opening Thursday.

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8 Replies to “Link Excuse of the Week: Franklin High Arts Festival and My Favorite Building in Seattle”

  1. Mioposto has a great happy hour every day from 4:00 – 6:00 pm with $3 drafts and $5 mini pizzas. I don’t know if happy hour is on for that day, but it’s worth a check any time.

  2. I agree, it’s a great building. Your link about “unfortunately could not be built today” is off target though. The link goes to a story about commercial uses in residential zones. This is in a Neighborhood Commercial 1 zone (NC1), where buildings of this scale are entirely feasible, and its style of mixed use is entirely allowed.

    “Unfortunately could not be built today” should instead link to a story about how today’s building industry just ain’t what it used to be. Labor, materials, financing — we’re worlds apart from the Beaux Arts, and it shows.

  3. When I was a little boy, the space where Mioposto is was a City Light sales office. You could buy appliances from them, or take them there to get fixed for free. They had offices like that all over the city.

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