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Unveiling Seattle City Light’s Public Art Plan

In 2021, we selected Kate Clark as Seattle City Light’s Artist-in-Residence. She was tasked with learning about the utility to develop a Seattle City Light Art Plan (16.9MB PDF) that would guide and inform public art projects into the future. The goal of the project was to create a long-term… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry in Place: Bryan Wilson

Atmospheric River By Bryan Wilson (In a city where rivers float in the sky) braiding through cedars & buildings like a sentence in a poem, rivers rise as raindrops. A city, Heron-still — staring into Sound stones polishing words — storm-galoshing songs. Before long, river-rain makes watercolors of us, gathers… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry in Place: Bryna Antonia (Á Thanh) Cortes

Seattle’s Little Sài Gòn by Bryna Antonia (Á Thanh) Cortes Fresh bánh baking, refrigerator hums. Red stripes through yellow, old and proud, the iconic nón lá. Jackson and 12th street trails, swinging doors gift savory winds. Bowls of soup warming you with just a scent. Markets of clamor, of every… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry in Place: Cindy Luong

For National Poetry Month 2024, Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai is launching Poetry in Place. This public poetry project includes the work of five local artists on the theme of Seattle places and sustainability at sites all across the city. The Seattle Public Libraries by Cindy Luong On hold —… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry in Place: Kathya Alexander

The Visit by Kathya Alexander The sun is drooping behind her house. The bright spring day is warm and nice. The evening’s bathed in a pinkish glow. Miss Grosvenor’s voice is strong but low. “How you doing? Come take a seat.” I sit down on her wooden steps. The flowers… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry in Place: Joe Nasta

Urban Bees, Blue Hour by Joe Nasta Our honey frames weigh heavy, the second summer dahlias bloomed under gossamer sun & we vibrate softer now. We are ready for the coming chill together on our scattered rooftops. We made more than enough to share, so lick the inside of the… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Civic Poet Launches Public Poetry Campaign

Multi-site Public Poetry Installations for National Poetry Month SEATTLE, WA – Our current Seattle Civic Poet, Shin Yu Pai, is beginning the final cycle of her two-year commission with a multi-site public poetry installation (6MB slide deck) for National Poetry Month in April. Last year, Pai invited public input on… [ Keep reading ]

Public Art Feature | Abraham Awalom

We spoke with artist Abraham Awalom about his experience being on the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Artist Roster! An Eritrean-born artist, Abraham came to the U.S. in 2014 as an asylee; an experience that informs much of his work. He maintains a connection through his work… [ Keep reading ]

Public Art Feature | Angie Hinojos

We spoke with artist Angie Hinojos about her experience being on the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Artist Roster! Angie is a Mexican American painter and sculptor. She is a public artist, the co-founder and Executive Director of Centro Cultural Mexicano, and serves on the Board of… [ Keep reading ]

Gülgün Kayim Sworn In as Director of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle, WA – Today, Gülgün Kayim was sworn in as the Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). ARTS staff, wearing Director Kayim’s favorite color as a surprise, crowded the chamber in shades of red, joking that they should arrange themselves from cool to warm tones. This… [ Keep reading ]