Outreach Suitcases are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the dates below represent possible reservations, not what is currently available. We recommend that you request suitcases 6–8 weeks in advance. Due to the number of requests, we cannot guarantee availability. You will receive a suitcase confirmation email within 2–3 weeks.
The TRC has two satellite centers: educators in Snohomish County can check out a selection of SAM’s Outreach Suitcases from the Schack Art Center in Everett, and educators in the South Kitsap School District can access SAM’s Outreach Suitcases through the Arts4Learning program in the district office.
Loan Period: Suitcases are loaned for 12 days at a time. They are not renewable. One suitcase may be borrowed at a time. Note that beginning in March 2017 suitcases will be loaned for 14 days.
Pickup and Return: Suitcases are picked up and returned from the loading dock of the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. The suitcases can be picked up when the loading dock is open (every day from 8:30am-5pm and open late on Thursdays until 8pm), any time after 9 am on the Saturday pickup date. Suitcases must be returned when the loading dock is open, no later than 8 pm on the Thursday return date. Due to the closure of the Asian Art Museum for renovations beginning in early 2017, from March to June 2017 suitcases will be due back between 9am-noon on Saturdays and will go out between 9am-5pm on Sundays. Teachers will not have access to the loading dock of the Asian Art Museum on Mondays through Fridays during this time.
Request Guidelines: Up to three different suitcases may be requested each semester. The same suitcase may not be requested twice in one semester.
Educator Resource Guides: Once an educator completes the suitcase reservation process and receives their Outreach Suitcase confirmation email, they may request a copy of the Educator Resource Guide for the suitcase (includes background information about the objects in the suitcase and images on the CD, looking questions, and activity suggestions) to be emailed to them prior to their scheduled suitcase check-out for planning purposes. Please note, this resource is the property of SAM and may not be reproduced without prior written permission from SAM, except for educational purposes.
Summer Reservations: The TRC uses the summer to update, clean, and replace the Outreach Suitcases. Some suitcases are available on a limited basis for community programs and classes. Please type a suitcase name and date in the summer suitcase field below. The TRC Librarian/Educator will fill these requests as availability allows.
You must be registered as a borrower with the TRC (it's free!).
SAM reserves the right to refuse a loan if there is unreasonable risk to the safety of the material, or if an educator repeatedly fails to pick up scheduled suitcases or returns suitcases late.