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Mayor Jenny Durkan announces the departure of Randy Engstrom from the Office of Arts & Culture

Durkan honors Engstrom’s innovative leadership of ARTS Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the resignation of the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) Department’s Director Randy Engstrom, who will turn his attention to teaching, advocating for national cultural policies, and spending time with his family, after leading the department for eight years. Mayor Durkan announced the appointment of Interim Acting Director Calandra… [ Keep reading ]

New Statewide Restrictions on Social Gatherings and Businesses as COVID-19 Cases Surge

On November 15, Governor Jay Inslee issued new statewide restrictions on social gatherings and businesses in response to the surge of COVID-19 across Washington state. Seattle was the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in America. Unlike the other Washington, every step of the way our local officials, residents, and businesses have… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Cultural Space Agency Applies for Official City Recognition

For the first time in 38 years, the City is creating a new public development authority aimed at preserving our city’s cultural spaces, building community wealth, and investing in cultural communities of color. The application for a charter for the Cultural Space Agency was filed with the City Clerk’s office and the public has until December 8 to provide comment and… [ Keep reading ]

University of Washington Evans Capstone Team conducts a policy analysis of creative strategies for anti-displacement and cultural placekeeping

For a third consecutive year in a row, ARTS staff joined forces with a team of MPA graduate students from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance to conduct a fieldscan and pull together local best practice case studies of creative strategies for community placekeeping and… [ Keep reading ]

Inslee issues guidance for museums, bowling and agritourism; updates guidance for outdoor recreation

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced and updated guidance as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. “We have worked with stakeholders for weeks and sometimes months to arrive at these guidelines. We continue to balance the need for activities that contribute to physical, mental, and emotional well-being with the steps needed… [ Keep reading ]

CHOP art preservation supported by the City

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation and Parks and Recreation are working with artists and community members from the CHOP to store, document and preserve artworks that captured the hope, imagination and inspiration for a more racially equitable society. The immediate goal was to get the artwork out… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Public Library Reading Lists: Black Lives Matter and Always Available: Reading About Race

In June of 2020 there were national uprisings after the police and vigilante killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and others. These lists shared from Seattle Public Libraries may help those who are interested in larger conversations about the movement for Black Lives and racial justice.  Black Lives… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Launches Seattle Together Initiative

The City of Seattle is launching the Seattle Together initiative, which is designed to celebrate ideas, share resources and events, and connect community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seattle Together initiative asks community members to amplify stories of good work and resiliency by residents, elevate resources and share best practices,… [ Keep reading ]

Washington Lawyers for the Arts Ready to Help Artists with COVID-19 Legal Questions

Guest blog by Board of Directors of The WLA The COVID-19 crisis has prompted the State of Washington to issue stay-at-home orders and implement the shutdown of all non-essential businesses and gatherings. The impact of these actions on public life and the economic life of artists and the businesses that… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle to Provide Immediate Rent Relief for Nonprofit and Small Business Tenants

City to Provide $400,000 in Rent Relief to an Estimated 90 Arts and Cultural Nonprofits, Small Businesses, and Artist Studios that Rent City-Owned Property, including Seattle Center Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that the City of Seattle will provide $400,000 in rent relief to arts and cultural and other… [ Keep reading ]