Family, friends remember cultural leader Carol Selander through Burien Arts donations

Programs that offer free art workshops for students will be greatly enhanced by generous donations from friends and family to the Burien Arts Association in honor of Carol Selander, a Burien cultural, civic and philanthropic leader who died June 26.

The donation will also support the new Burien Arts Gallery that opened in Olde Burien last fall.

Burien Arts Association president Sybil Davis thanked Carol’s friends and family for the wonderful contributions to the association’s work.
Known around Burien as “a force to be reckoned with who got things done,” Carol helped found the Burien Arts Association in the 1960s. Burien Arts operates the gallery at 826 S.W. 152nd St., bringing exciting new art exhibits each month to Burien.

Carol passed away at her Gregory Heights/Three Tree Point home surrounded by family. She and her late husband, Ken raised their five children in the family home.

Carol help start the Burien Arts Association with the mission to engage, enrich and entertain all the communities, generations and visitors to the Burien and Greater Highline area through creative and innovative arts programming.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit association’s programming includes the delicious Strawberry Shortcake booth at Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival in June, summer Shakespeare in the Park, Vision 20/20 Fundraising Art Event, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, monthly Sing and Sketch nights, life drawing sessions, face painting at local festivals and student workshops.

Log on to for information on volunteering or contributing to Burien Arts. Checks may be sent to Burien Arts Association, P.O. Box 66574, Burien WA 98166.

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