This is a cause for celebration. The historic U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) building—a former detainment center built in 1930—has officially been transformed into a 77,000-square-foot hub for artists and their studios. It’s a much needed space, given last year’s closure of artist enclave 619 Western. Renovations started about two years ago, and by now, nearly 150 photographers, painters, sculptors, artisans, writers, performance artists, theater groups, and nonprofits have set up shop in the five-story building. If you have yet to explore what’s now called Inscape, now’s your chance. They’re celebrating the end of renovations with a grand open house this Saturday. Translation: Party. Music. Food. The all-day event also coincides with the first day of Dragon Fest, the largest pan-Asian street festival in the region, right in the same neighborhood (Chinatown–International District).
Inscape Arts Grand Open House
July 14, noon–8, 815 Seattle Blvd South (intersection of Dearborn St and Airport Way S)