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Cultural Arts Commission Events

Kalakala 80th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks to all who came to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Kalakala's maiden voyage on July 3, 2015 at the Marina Park Pavilion.  We heard great stories from Kalakala historians and fans.  Everyone enjoyed the 1930's music of "Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators."  We also received creative ideas on how the City can integrate historic pieces of the Kalakala into public art.  The event marked the 80th anniversary of when the Kalakala first launch from the Lake Washington Shipyards (present day Carillon Point) on July 3, 1935.

Displays from the event:

The event was supported by the City of Kirkland's Cultural Arts Commission and SRM Development.

In early 2015, the City of Kirkland purchased several pieces of the Kalakala: wheelhouse, auto doors, valve wheels, ornamental hand railings, and top section of the car entrance doors in the bow of the ship. A committee with members from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission, Park Board, Transportation Commission and interested citizens and Kalakala advocates has formed to develop concepts, seek artists, and raise funds to refurbish and eventually create art with the historic pieces.  To learn more about this committee’s efforts, contact Ellen Miller-Wolfe at 425-587-3014 or

With opportunities to showcase Kirkland’s heritage on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, the City Council recently approved an art integration planning process.  For more about the how the Kalakala pieces were transported to a storage facility, visit the Cross Kirkland Corridor webpage.