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Mayor Announces 2015-16 budget; increased investments in arts and culture

Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to announce Mayor Ed Murray proposed his 2015-16 budget today, with increased investments in arts and culture. The Office’s core programing is made possible through the 1% for Art ordinance and the 75% allocation of Admissions Tax, which is being maintained. Additions have been made in arts education, […]


SPACE Gallery at Magnuson Park features city’s portable works collection

Thousands of the city’s portable works collection are featured on a rotating basis around municipal buildings downtown, and now some of the collection will be featured at the SPACE Gallery at Warren G. Magnuson Park’s Building 30. A curated selection of the many artworks owned by the city will grace the walls of SPACE (Sand […]


Upcoming Funded Events

Washington State Brain Injury Art Show September 7-29 |  Youngstown Cultural Arts Center An annual art show featuring work of artists across the state that reflects the journey through healing, recovery, acceptance, expression and development of identity (smART Ventures).         Gifts of War September 24-28 | Velocity Dance Center A live, cross-disciplinary, two-act performance exploring the […]


“Seattle” by Donte ‘Da Queen’ Johnson

This poem was commissioned by the Seattle Arts Commission for the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards.   When i first asked for your name, You said call me… Seasonal Depression Call me Overcast , Gray-faced rainfall Call me flip-flops and tank tops As long as the suns out and its in the high fifties Call me […]


A note from Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility organizer, Kathy Hsieh

[On Monday, August 18, our Office and the Seattle Repertory Theatre, in partnership with 4Culture and the Office for Civil Rights, presented Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility, a forum to address art, race and cultural representation, which attracted 350 people. You can watch a video of the event here. The following represents the thoughts of […]


Yeggy installs artwork along Mapes Creek

Working under sunny skies, Seattle artist Yegizaw “Yeggy” Michael spent several weeks in July and August installing his latest artwork along the 52nd Ave. S. walkway located in the Rainier Beach community. Motion now activates the newly paved pathway that covers separate dedicated pipes that transport storm water and flows from Mapes Creek as part […]


Public Art Bike Tour along the Interurban Trail

 Grab your helmets and join us for a FREE bicycle tour of public artworks along North Seattle’s Interurban Trail. Partnering with the Cascade Bike Club and Spokespeople, the Office of Arts & Culture is offering this family-friendly, all-ages, three-mile bike tour that will take you from Greenwood to Bitter Lake. We will stop to view […]


Aaron Walker-Loud Talks Arts Education

Washington Middle School Drum Line director Aaron Walker-Loud has given new meaning to the term “teaching artist.” He is highly esteemed by Seattle Public Schools, youth programs and the Seattle arts community alike for his dedication to youth development and arts education. Over the years, his students have ranged from kindergarteners to high schoolers, but […]


Introducing the newest Arts Commissioner

We are pleased to announce that Amy Piñon is joining the Seattle Arts Commission as the “Get Engaged” member of the commission. Get Engaged is a YMCA program that places young adults ages 18-29 on city of Seattle boards and commissions for one-year terms starting in September of each year.  Amy Piñon is a dedicated vocalist, […]


August Events

South Park Putts Out August 5 |  South Park A perennial summer event that turns the neighborhood into mini-golf greens with holes designed and built by local community artists. Join us for live some live music, food and a great time! Event from 6-8 P.M. More information           The Columbia City […]