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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 ]

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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 ]

2023 Year in Review

As we pause to reflect on the events and work of the last year, I am incredibly grateful to be directing Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and to be surrounded by a dynamic and inspiring team. Despite many challenges and a tremendous amount of change, I’m proud of the… [ Keep reading ]

Perspective on Public Arts by Toka Valu

Toka Valu, an artist currently on the existing Public Art Artist Roster, shares some encouraging words for fellow artists to apply.

Creative Sector Investments Included in Mayor Harrell’s 2024 Budget Proposal

Amharic | Chinese | Spanish | Somali | Tagalog | Tigrinya | Vietnamese Mayor Harrell’s 2023-2024 Proposed Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment continues commitment to, and investment in the urgent needs of our communities that advance our One Seattle priorities. Mayor Harrell’s proposal continues work initiated in the 2023 Adopted Budget to invest in creating safe, healthy,… [ Keep reading ]

Summer Interns Reflect on their Time at ARTS

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) increases youth and young adults’ ability to pursue careers that pay well and are meaningful to them. This year, two interns joined us for six weeks: Bemi Hailu worked with our Partnerships, Education, and Grants team, and Brittney Ramirez-Osorio worked with our Communications team…. [ Keep reading ]

Behind The Red Door Of How I Learned What I Learned 

by Dr. James R. Gore The artwork tribute to August Wilson behind the Seattle Repertory Theater on the Seattle Center campus by Mindy Lehrman is a red door with Wilson’s image. A red door has cultural and historical significance. According to the online magazine, Doors and More (Berry, 2020), “In… [ Keep reading ]

Following National Search, Mayor Harrell Announces Renowned Arts Administrator to Lead Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Informed by outreach-centering community and creative voices and priorities, award-winning interdisciplinary artist and creative economy leader Gülgün Kayim will serve as the next Director of the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has selected Gülgün Kayim to serve as the next permanent… [ Keep reading ]

Anh Sy Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Intern Explores The Creative Advantage Summer Online Arts

By Anh Sy, SYEP Intern About The Creative Advantage Online Arts (CAOA): The Creative Advantage Online Arts videos were created as a swift pivot in response to COVID-19, with goals to support students and families during school closures, as well as to support teaching artists who had been contracted to lead… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Civic Art Collection Selects: by Anh Sy Seattle Youth Employment Program Intern

By Anh Sy, SYEP Intern Art is an amazing creative invention. All of the artworks below – all curated from the Seattle Civic Art Collection – are pieces I chose because they represent myself, my dream, and my aspirations for my future and world. Changing of the Bay, Alyson McCrink… [ Keep reading ]