Founded in 2010, the International District Engaged in the Arts (IDEA) Odyssey is a collective dedicated to nurturing and supporting visual artists of diverse cultures, primarily those of Asian, African, Caribbean, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage, and artists who explore culture, diversity and identity in their work.

The Collective started in the International District because it is historically the cultural home for so many diverse groups. In a neighborhood with few arts destinations, IDEA Odyssey, in partnership with established organizations such as the Wing Luke Asian Museum (WLAM) and the Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), uses its exhibitions and outreach activities to increase arts participation among neighborhood residents, workers and others who have limited access to arts and cultural activities.

After operating a gallery in the International District for one year, the Collective now organizes exhibitions in different venues in the greater Seattle area, still with a focus on promoting cultural diversity through contemporary art.

Follow us:

twitter: IDEAOdyssey or Facebook: IDEA Odyssey Gallery.

Get involved:
Email ideaodysseygallery@gmail.com or call 206-922-9950.

Support the Collective:

IDEA Odyssey is an associated program of Shunpike. All donations are tax exempt.


Read More About Us:

Graves, Jen, “A New Art Gallery Devoted to Minority Culture,” SLOG, Sept. 2, 2011

Ma, Donna, “The Next Big IDEA,” International Examiner, Vol. 38, Number 7

Allen, Brittany, “Japantown,” Seattle Magazine, Dec. 2011


IDEA Odyssey Gallery is an Associated Program of Shunpike. Shunpike is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art service organization whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration.