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The Incredible Intensity of Being Human at City Hall events

Event Dates: January 9, 2015, Friday, 4-6 p.m. Opening Reception  We will be serving artisan toast and coconut water. Ezra Dickinson will be performance. Featured Speakers: Representative Tina Orwall, Representative Brady Walkinshaw, Office of Arts and Culture Director Randy Engstrom, Department of Neighborhoods Director Bernie Agor Matsumo, invited speaker former King County Executive Randy Revelle, […]


Welcoming Erika Lindsay to the Office of Arts & Culture

We’re pleased to welcome our new public relations specialist, Erika Lindsay, to the office! Prior to joining the communications team, Erika worked as a media and community relations professional at arts groups for more than 12 years including the Smithsonian, Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum. Originally hailing from the sultry suburbs of […]


Closing the arts access gap in the Central District

In the first year of implementation of The Creative Advantage arts education access initiative in the Central region, the arts access gap was closed. What does that mean? In 2011, we conducted a needs assessment around the state of arts education in Seattle Public Schools. The assessment found inconsistent access to arts education, especially for […]


Upcoming gallery shows in Seattle

With more than five million square feet of cultural space in Seattle, it can be overwhelming to track all the art, shows and experiences that this city provides. To make things a little more manageable, we have curated a short list of gallery shows this season (January-March) that we’re looking forward to: Aurora Commons Community […]


Scott Trimble selected for Seattle City Light service center commission

The Office of Arts & Culture is excited to announce that Seattle artist W. Scott Trimble has been commissioned for a project at the Seattle City Light North Service Center. He will work with Seattle City Light and the local community to create two or more artworks at the facility, located at 1300 North 97th […]


Peter Reiquam selected for Rainier Beach Square project

Seattle artist Peter Reiquam will create a new public artwork in the Rainier Beach neighborhood for the SDOT program Safe Routes to Schools. The Safe Routes to School construction project at this site was initiated by parents and neighbors of South Shore K-8 School. Reiquam lived in the Rainier Beach neighborhood for over 15 years […]


The Listening Loop

By Matthew Richter, Cultural Space Liaison It is the responsibility of those in power to listen to those without power. (See Moscow 1917, or Boston 1773, or Cairo 2011, for examples of alternatives to listening.) Nonprofit arts organizations would do well to learn the lessons of centuries of deaf political power structures. There are too […]


“Wind and Water” installed at Fire Station 20

At Interbay’s Fire Station 20, artist Rob Ley installed Wind and Water, an artwork that represents these two classical elements. To create this piece, Ley spent time with the firefighters at this fire station, riding along with them on the job and discussing the nature of fire. It was during this time Ley learned about […]


Welcoming two new Seattle Arts Commissioners

The Seattle Arts Commission has announced two new members, Priya Frank and Kelly Rodriguez. Frank was appointed by City Council, and Rodriguez was appointed by Mayor Ed Murray; both will serve until Dec. 31, 2016 when they will be up for reappointment. Acting in an advisory capacity to the mayor and City Council, Seattle Arts […]


Announcing new Manager for Visual and Performing Arts at Seattle Public Schools

Gail Sehlhorst is the new Manager for Visual and Performing Arts at Seattle Public Schools. This position will assist the Office of Arts & Culture with the implementation and success of The Creative Advantage, as well as develop, lead and assess arts programs in the schools. The Creative Advantage is a partnership to restore access […]