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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 ]

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 ]

Interim Director Kayim’s Letter to the Seattle Arts and Culture Community

Dear Seattle Arts and Culture Community, I write to you today with a deep sense of gratitude and responsibility as the newly appointed Interim Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. I am honored to be trusted with furthering Mayor Harrell’s One Seattle vision, knowing that our unity… [ 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 ]

Seattle Celebrates 50 years of African-American Culture at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Saturday, September 10, 2022; 1 – 5 p.m. 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 Celebrations and performances include 2022 Teen Summer Musical, Black Stax, Arami Walker, Marco Farroni, and Anzanga/Zambuko Marimba Ensembles The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) announces the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Langston Hughes Performing Arts… [ Keep reading ]

Hope Corps Now Open

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is opening a new funding program, Hope Corps, that connects under- and unemployed workers in the creative industries with career opportunities. The application is open now through June 6, 2022. Individual artists, creative workers, community groups, and arts and cultural organizations are… [ Keep reading ]

Jazz As Part Of The African American Cultural Diaspora

By Dr. James R. Gore, Executive Director, Jackson Street Music Program Jazz can mean many things to many people musically; however, for the purpose of this article, the African American cultural perspective is from the focus of Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who in his book, “Entertaining Race” states: Jazz for instance,… [ Keep reading ]

Species Extinction Explored in New Art Exhibition

February 3 – April 7, 2022 The 1 Million – Multiple Species Eradication explores bio-/multi-species extinctions and the species affected by humanity’s mass resource extraction. Inspired by this National Geographic article, artist Carol Rashawnna Williams created the large scale monoprint installation with seven contributing local/national visual artists: “We are NO… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan and Office of Economic Development Launch ‘Seattle Restored’ to Activate Vacant Storefronts in Downtown Seattle Neighborhoods

New economic recovery program will connect local artists and entrepreneurs with vacant commercial spaces for pop-up shops and art installations Seattle (December 10, 2021) — The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) and Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the launch of Seattle Restored—a new program focused on activating vacant commercial storefronts in Downtown Seattle neighborhoods such as Westlake, Belltown, Pioneer Square, and Chinatown-International District (CID). OED is partnering with Seattle Good Business… [ Keep reading ]