About the EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE – historical context

The first Experimental College in Washington state was the ASUW Experimental College, which was sponsored by the Associated Students University of Washington from 1968-2017.  Rekindle School was closely involved with their program, at one point co-sponsoring almost half of the classes that were included in their print catalog.

We weren’t part of them (or vise versa) — we were and are a separate business entity. But the arrangement meant that students could sign up for our classes on their website, or here on the Rekindle School/Classesandworkshops.com website.  

The ASUW’s version of the Experimental College is gone now. They were dissolved as a business entity years ago. We always liked them, and were sorry to see them go. Being a separate program, we were, luckily, not affected by their closure. When we learned that they’d closed, and that they had been officially dissolved, we started a program called the New Seattle Experimental College.

The New Seattle Experimental College is separate from Rekindle School, but like in the old days, you can find most of our classes either here on our website, or on theirs. 

So — long answer to a short question! To start exploring our class offerings, click here. To see the Experimental College’s new website, click here. If you’d like to learn more about the Experimental Colleges’ histories, scroll down this page.


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About Nils Osmar

Nils Osmar was born in Alaska, and grew up in a wilderness area on the southern coast. He now lives in Seattle. He has made his living in the arts for over thirty years, working as a writer, visual artist, teacher, and filmmaker. He currently teaches through the University of Washington's ASUW Experimental College. He is the Director of an independent educational program, Classesandworkshops.com, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.