OLY ARTS is the leading print and online publication that exclusively covers performing arts, visual arts and live events in the Thurston County region. Submit events right here:

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OLY ARTS is owned by Oly Works LLC, a platform media company based in Olympia, Washington. Our freelance writing staff includes former New York Times reporters, as well as freelance writers for the Bellingham Herald, The News Tribune, The Olympian, The Pasadena Weekly, Seattle Weekly, Thurston Talk, and a variety of other publications.


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OLY ARTS is made possible by endless dedication from the following people. Click any name to read more.

Administrative Staff

Billy Thomas, publisher and executive editor

Cody Taylor, business operations manager

Henry Osei, advertising sales

Ned Hayes, founder

Contributing Writers

Alec Clayton

Christian Carvajal

Christina Butcher

Jerica Pender

Jonah Barrett

Karen Lunde

Melinda Minton

Molly Gilmore

Molly Walsh

Tom Simpson

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Where's my printed copy?

In response to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, and following the recommendations of the CDC and other officials, we have suspended the distribution of printed copies until further notice.

Although you will not find copies of OLY ARTS on the tables of your favorite coffee shop, restaurant, theatre, etc., we will continue publishing high quality articles for free here online.

We are a small, independent community publication. In order to meet our mission and provide the best possible free arts coverage in our community, we rely on partnerships with local arts supporters and organizations.

If you feel that continued coverage of our local arts and culture is important to you, please join our list of supporters by making a small contribution.

I know that we will make it through this uncertain time if we continue to focus on what’s important — the health, safety and stability of our local communities and populations.

Billy Thomas, Publisher

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