ABOUT KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER (KAC) KAC was founded as the Creative Arts League in 1962 by a group of artists and citizens interested in providing local opportunities in the arts and concerned about the preservation of a Kirkland landmark, the Peter Kirk Building. For over 50 years, the Kirkland Arts Center has owned and maintained this historic structure and transformed it into an exhibition gallery, community arts studio and education facility serving students of all ages and skill levels. ABOUT KAST Tour visitors explore scenic Kirkland neighborhoods along the beautiful shores of Lake Washington on a free, self-guided tour of artist home studios and galleries. KAST began in 2004 when a small band of artists decided it was time Kirkland had its own artist studio tour. The artists open their studios once a year on Mother’s Day Weekend to give the public a rare opportunity to see artists create in their studios. Tour visitors are invited to engage in a wide variety of art demonstrations and purchase original pieces directly from the artists. Every year the tour has grown in popularity, and KAC took on the management of the tour in 2008 as part of new programming initiatives designed to support the arts within the community. KAST 2018 is the fifteenth Anniversary year.