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City seeks candidates for Seattle Arts Commission

The city of Seattle is seeking candidates for the Seattle Arts Commission. The citizen commission advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs on arts and cultural policy, advocates for arts initiatives and approves funding awards to artists and organizations.

The commission has 16 members – seven commissioners appointed by the mayor and seven by City Council. The full commission appoints a 15th at-large member. The mayor appoints the 16th commissioner to a one-year term through the YMCA’s “Get Engaged” Program.                                                                                    

Commissioners serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for up to three terms. The city periodically requests self-nominations for future consideration as openings become available. Commissioners include leaders in the business, philanthropic and educational community and artists, arts professionals and residents with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Seattle’s cultural sector.  

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Commissioners serve without compensation. The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and has working committees that also meet monthly. To be considered, submit a letter of interest and résumé via email to by Friday, June 29, 2012.

The city is committed to promoting diversity on its boards and commissions. Women, young persons, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.