ArtsMatter Initiative

ArtsMatterNOW Initiative is disrupting this thinking. Building from NOW’s existing musical community, this initiative seeks to engage people, making us, and the art we celebrate, more accessible to one another.


NOWmaste Yoga

…celebrates art in our bodies and minds. These innovative sessions engage the community with yoga and live quality music to enhance the experience of “deep listening” through meditation and breathing. Every session will feature a NOW musician, and certified Yoga instructor Gregory Stuart. Bring your yoga mat, workout clothes,. and friends for a different kind of class.



…is ongoing conversation about how people relate to art, how they use art in their lives, and how art helps us channel better versions of ourselves, both individually and collectively. Including all manner of creative individuals, panelists include accomplished professionals, devoted amateurs, “weekend warriors” and everyone in-between.


ArtsMatter Award

The Board of Directors of the New Orchestra of Washington established the ArtsMatter Award in 2017 to recognize individuals who contribute to the growth of the arts through their leadership, vision and dedication. This award is presented annually at NOWfest, the New Orchestra of Washington spring gala. Past winners include Dr. Ryuji Ueni (2017), and Dr. Sachiko Kuno (2018).