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Join the Seattle Arts Commission, Nominations now Open

The Seattle Arts Commission is looking for new members. The Seattle Arts Commission supports the City by advocating for arts policy, creating access for equitable participation in the arts, and fostering enriching arts engagement for all residents. If you or someone you know is a champion of the arts and wants to help shape policy to create a thriving arts sector apply now

The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission is comprised of community member-volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council and supports the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). Commission members include artists, arts professionals, and other community members with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Seattle’s arts community.  


The City of Seattle is committed to inclusive and diverse boards and commissions. We encourage people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young people, older adults, people of color, and immigrants to apply. To nominate yourself or others for membership to the Seattle Arts Commission, please complete this nomination form. This nomination process will close at 11:59 pm on Nov 22, 2021



Arts Commissioners commit to participating in monthly Commission meetings (every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 4pm-5:30pm) in addition to at least one monthly subcommittee meeting, plus additional preparation and work outside of scheduled meetings. Commissioners serve 2-year terms and can serve up to 3 consecutive terms with reappointment, for a total of 6 years. Meetings currently take place virtually. 

The Arts Commission committees include:  
The Facilities and Equitable Development Committee advises the work of ARTS around issues of cultural space and its impact on equitable development. 

The Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) serves to review and recommend public art projects and programs, develop and amend the Municipal Art Plan, and advocate for percent-for-art projects in public/private partnerships. 

The Cultural Investments Committee, comprised of Arts Commissioners, ARTS staff, and community advocates, supports and guides ARTS’ racially equitable investment strategies in Seattle’s cultural sector that address structural racism in support of a fully thriving artistic and cultural community.