Supporting the performing arts in Ellensburg

Laughing Horse Arts Foundation is a non-profit umbrella corporation committed to enhancing and promoting the fine and performing arts in Ellensburg and Kittitas County, Washington State.

If your wish to reach out to us, leave your email below. Or visit one of our affiliate organizational sites!

“Thanks to Laughing Horse Arts Foundation, we have access to amazing performing arts events in Ellensburg!”

Larry Sharpe (Originator, and Founding Board Member of Jazz in the Valley)

Laughing Horse Arts Foundation

Valley Theatre Company

Produces Theatrical and Musical Events that showcase the incredible talent found in our community.
<span>Valley Theatre Company</span>

Ellensburg Community Radio

Our own local Streaming Radio Service! Check it out!!
Ellensburg Community Radio

Ellensburg Music Festival

The premier downtown music event, featuring 9 different acts within walking distance on Friday and Saturday night, now selling tickets for July 28-29, 2023. Always the last weekend in July! (formerly Jazz in the Valley for 22 years!)
Ellensburg Music Festival

Boulet Productions

A small theatrical group in Roslyn, Washington that will tickle your ribs and enchant your summer in the Upper Kittitas County!
Boulet Productions

Classics in Ellensburg

Bringing periodic exposure to amazing classical music performances in Ellensburg!
Classics in Ellensburg

"I am impressed with the unwavering commitment to the arts demonstrated by Laughing Horse Arts."

Kelle Dvorak Vandenburg
(City of Ellensburg, Arts and Economic Development Liaison)

Laughing Horse Arts Foundation - A Legacy of Supporting the Arts

A Little History:
Ellensburg has a strong history of support of the performing arts. Laughing Horse Summer Theatre was a professional summer stock repertory theater that dominated the summer arts calendar in Ellensburg throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. In 1996, a new group transformed the organization into the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation (LHAF), whose purpose is to encourage and promote an appreciation of and participation in the fine and performing arts in Central Washington. After the professional summer stock theatre went dark, the Foundation was developed to encourage individual artists and arts organizations in their activities, as well as to support, and assist the public in an awareness of arts projects.
Who Does LHAF Support?
Laughing Horse Arts Foundation (LHAF) now covers several sub-organizations, and annual arts events locally, including Ellensburg Musical Festival (formerly Jazz in the Valley), Valley Musical Theatre, Ellensburg Community Radio, Boulet Productions (in Cle Elum), Ellensburg Film Festival, and Classics in Ellensburg. We encourage you to read up on each of these and find ways to get involved! Over 20 years, LHAF has also functioned as a launchpad organization for the now separate non-profits of Spirit of the West, and Ellensburg Dance Ensemble.
What are you working on now? How can I get involved?
Currently, the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation and its member organizations have been among the key stakeholder members of the Ellensburg Arts and Cultural Alliance and are actively advocating for improved performing arts facilities in the community. The LHAF Board of Directors meets monthly. If you are interested in getting involved with our projects, please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you!
How do I donate to LHAF?
Laughing Horse Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN# 91-1211173). Check donations can be mailed to: LHAF, PO Box 214, Ellensburg, WA 98926. You can also donate specifically to any of our sub-organizations for their specific projects, through their websites.
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