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“Memory Tree” at Thornton Creek Confluence

Seattle artist John Fleming installed Memory Tree at the Thornton Creek Confluence, along the Northwest corner of 35th Street and 110th Street. Fleming was commissioned to work with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and its consultants to create a new permanent, site-specific artwork that highlights the project to reduce flooding on Thornton Creek and Meadowbrook Pond, […]


Capitol Hill named first Arts District in Seattle

Five years ago, a group of citizens was appointed by City Council to study the issue of cultural space. In June 2009, the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee presented their report to City Council, which was officially adopted with City Council Resolution 31155. One of the report’s top-level recommendations was the creation of an Arts […]


YouthCAN at The Wing explores spatial poetics

“Sometimes you don’t notice things until you’re allowed to look for them,” says teaching artist Mario Lemafa, to a dozen teenagers in The Wing Luke Museum’s YouthCAN program. The Office of Arts & Culture Youth Arts Project Manager Irene Gomez and I are sitting in on a session of the program, and spatial poetics (art […]


39 artists receive CityArtist funding for 2015

This week, 39 artists around Seattle that work in dance, music and theater arts (including scriptwriting) received over $160,000 collectively through the CityArtist Projects annual funding program. This funding supports individual artists in the creation of new works, works-in-progress, or works taken to the next stage. All projects must be completed within the year, and […]


2014 Cultural Facilities Partners awarded

Congratulations to the 2015 Cultural Facilities Partners! This funding is awarded annually to provide assistance in the renovation of physical structures for organizations that sustain Seattle through arts and culture. This year, nine organizations have received funding through the Office of Arts & Culture who all contribute to the Seattle arts community through their programming. […]


“Flyers” artwork installed in Westcrest Park

David Boyer installed Flyers in Westcrest Park in the Highland Park neighborhood this week. The piece consists of 15 bird- and airplane-like kinetic sculptures mounted on steel poles. Grouped in three locations around the park, the sculptures will move to face the wind and the articulating tails will pivot as the wind blows. The artist’s […]


Temporary art at Winterfest 2014

Every year, during the holiday season, Winterfest takes over Seattle Center! For five weeks, the grounds are covered with free and affordable entertainment, sparkling lights, and activities for the whole family. And this year, temporary art installations will also cover the grounds beginning the last week of November through December. Seattle Center, with the Office […]


Community Arts Partner Roster available

Seattle has a wealth of teaching artists and arts organizations specializing in disciplines from theatre to creative writing, and even robotics! The Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Seattle Public Schools, has launched a roster of these individual artists and organizations as a resource for the community, called the Community Arts Partner Roster. […]


Arts and culture jobs supported through city of Seattle investments

Arts Mean Business is a funding program that provides historically underserved Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations with funds for jobs. In 2014, six organizations received this grant to fund new and recently created positions. For one previously volunteer-run organization, the funds will allow them to hire their first paid staff position. The funds will […]


Three grantwriting tips for Neighborhood & Community Arts

Calling all cultural festivals, community parties, jubilees, celebrations, and anyone else that hosts an annual neighborhood or community event — our Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA) grant is open! The NCA program supports Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community. In 2014, the […]