The Korean American Artists Association of Washington State is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by local Korean immigrants. The mission of KAAW is to encourage and support Korean American Artists in the region in the pursuit of artistic endeavor in order to enrich both personal and community life. In 1994, KAAW expanded its mission to promote and celebrate diversity through Pacific Northwest Student Art Competition open to K-12, for all ethnic background. Since 2005, the format has been changed to all mail-in juried competition in order to expand the range and number of participants. In 2010, KAAW will celebrate its 20th anniversary by hosting a special event and exhibition planned for later this year.
- Serve as a professional information and resource group for Korean-American Artists to further their artistic growth.
- Promote and celebrate diversity in art through volunteering in community activities and a juried art competition.
- Provide the annual exhibition for KAAW members and award winning participants to give their artwork exposure and enrich their personal and community life.