Programs + Education
EMP seeks to inspire all of our audiences by providing unique and engaging resources and experiences.
Pop culture is an ongoing celebration of all of us. Through music, film, fashion, video games, or whatever sparks our interest, we identify and express ourselves through various forms of pop culture. It’s a platform that allows us to build communities; discover new artistic outlets; and gives us a means to thrive.
EMP offers a multitude of community and educational programs for audiences of all ages and pop culture interests. From the region’s premier youth band competition and the acclaimed Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, to arts camps, mentorship programs, teacher development, and Seattle Mini Maker Faire which brings together our vibrant community of innovators—EMP is a place for discovery, inspiration, and learning.
Featured Programs + Events
Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Try out the latest, greatest inventions by more than 100 makers from across the region at a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement. Now in its fifth year, the Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public. The event features exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology. more
An annual event since 2001, EMP’s Sound Off! supports the all-ages scene by giving artists an opportunity to showcase original music, launch their music careers, and connect with the larger artistic community. Now in its 16th year, Sound Off! has paved the way for some amazing bands and artists including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Kithkin, Schoolyard Heroes, Tomten, and Brite Futures. Participants receive prizes such as radio airplay, studio recording time, gear, and more. more
EMP’s Community Access program enables individuals experiencing financial, physical, or social barriers to visit the museum. The museum serves regional residents by opening its doors to all who might benefit from EMP’s rich educational and cultural resources. more
Teen Artist Workshops and Creativity Camps for Kids provide hands-on, expert-led instruction with summer camps including songwriting, sound design for video games, creative writing, science of sound, and more. Registration open now. more
Online or on-site, EMP provides teachers with the resources they need. EMP offers a variety of resources for educators including lesson plans, gallery guides, workshops at the museum and in schools, and Professional Development Day. more