SAAM Arcade 2017

The SAAM Arcade (formerly Indie Arcade: Coast to Coast) is an annual event hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its partners. 

The event affords creative independent game designers and developers the opportunity to show their work at a 2-day event open to the public, on August 5th and 6th, 2017. In 2016, 32 independent developers showed their work to an audience of more than 11,700 people. We are now accepting applications for inclusion in the 2017 event. 

The selection criteria include game quality, novelty, and ability to engage a wide audience. Digital games, non-digital games, and everything in-between is welcome. 

We have two sections for exhibition: general and student. The general section is for indie developers creating projects that they have or will release professionally. 

The student section is for projects from currently enrolled upcoming game developers. Student games must be submitted by one of the student team members using a valid school e-mail address (ending in .edu) as the contact e-mail. 

If a game has been shown in previous years, it is not eligible for resubmission, but developers who have previously shown are welcome to submit new projects. 
The event will be August 5 and 6, 2017 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. This is a family-friendly event where hundreds of people an hour may play your game.   Please submit your work before April 15, 2017. 

Click to download Digital e-Flyer for 2016

The event is supported by:

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The American University Game Lab
The International Game Developer's Association DC Chapter (IGDA)
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Art Lab+

Information about the previous events is located here:
2016 Indies Coast to Coast
2014 Indies in the Middle

2017 Application Here >>>



Indie Arcade Logo

The event is organized in partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum with support from American University Game Lab and Magfest.

The event is organized by Chris Totten and Lindsay Grace

News, Info & Press

The next Indie Arcade event will be August 5th and 6th, 2017.
Located at 8th and F Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA
Cost: Free (really! you don't even need quarters!)

The last event occurred January 16, 2016.
The first Indie Arcade was December 7th, 2014, titled Indie Arcade: Indies in the Middle

Get the book!
Indie Arcade Coast to Coast Book Cover Your guide to the 2015/2016 Indie Arcade event. Inside, you will find screenshots and other artwork for each game, as well as information from the developers themselves on their artistic goals for their work. Includes websites and Twitter handles for the artists and their games. Available for $11 in black and white or $25 for full color on

Click to download Digital e-Flyer for 2016

In the News (2016)

The Electronic Software Association: (ESA): American Art Museum Indie Arcade

Washington Post:The Hotlist: 11 things to see, eat, drink and do in January 2016

Tech Void: Annual Indie Arcade Hosted at American University's Game Lab

Gamasutra: Smithsonian now accepting applications for second 'indie arcade'

In the News (2015)

Gamasutra: Smithsonian plans pop-up arcade for December

Brightest Young ThingsIndie Arcade at Smithsonian American Art Museum

DC InnoAU Game Lab Opened a Video Game Arcade at the Smithsonian Over the Holidays

Washington PostFree and Easy HOLIDAZE, Artfete and Indie Arcade

New Gamer NationSmithsonian American Art Museum Hosts Indie Arcade

2015, Indies in the Middle site