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Meet Your New Seattle Arts Commissioners

Council-appointed Joël Barraquiel Tan (siya/he/all pronouns) is the Executive Director at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. He is the author of Type O Negative (Red Hen) and various works on identity, AIDS, and queer politics appearing in academic and commercial venues. Joël co-founded LA’s Asian… [ Keep reading ]

2023 – 2024 Budget Proposals & Arts Commission Response

The 2023-2024 proposed mid-biennial budget adjustments for the ARTS Office are available for public viewing. The budget proposal adjustments include operating costs, cost of living adjustments, and technical costs. Detailed descriptions of proposed budget changes can be read online or in the attached report below. The 2023 Arts Commission, a group of… [ Keep reading ]

Crosscut launches Black Arts Legacies showcasing contemporary and historic Black creators in the Northwest

SEATTLE—Crosscut today launched Black Arts Legacies, a digital archive highlighting the roles Black artists have played in the Northwest’s cultural landscape. For its debut, Black Arts Legacies is featuring 26 creatives spanning decades and artistic disciplines. Black Arts Legacies was the brainchild of Vivian Phillips, founder of Arte Noir and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Arts Commission 2022 Budget Priorities Letter

Dear Council Members, The Seattle Arts Commission wishes to express our collective gratitude for your commitment and support for creative communities and workers, given the economic hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that now is a critical time to invest in the recovery of our sector, by making meaningful… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Arts Commission welcomes four new commissioners

The Seattle Arts Commission (SAC) has welcomed four new commissioners Rick Araluce, Ebony Arunga, Vivian Hua and Vanessa Villalobos. They all bring a wealth of experience and diverse artistic backgrounds to SAC that will be invaluable as the commission navigates advocating for the arts and culture sector which has been devasted by the pandemic. Born in 1960, Rick Araluce has been a life long artist. At an early… [ Keep reading ]

We need to invest in individual artists, cultural communities, and cultural space

A case for our sector by Seattle Arts Commission Co-Chair Dr. Quinton Morris on behalf of the Seattle Arts Commission “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Dear Mayor Durkan,… [ Keep reading ]

Statement from the Seattle Arts Commission on Recent Events regarding Black Lives

In light of the recent protests that were sparked over the heinous murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and the countless other Black lives across the United States; and the anti-Blackness act to weaponize Christian Cooper are all the result of racism, police brutality and white… [ Keep reading ]

Dr. Quinton Morris is the new co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission

Dr. Quinton Morris, concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker is the new co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, serving with Chair Priya Frank. Dr. Morris joined the Seattle Arts Commission in 2017. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the Seattle Office… [ Keep reading ]

Terri Hiroshima steps up as new Seattle Arts Commission chair

The Seattle Arts Commission and the Office of Arts & Culture are excited to welcome Terri Hiroshima as the new chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. Hiroshima will take over from Vivian Phillips, who was chair from 2015-17. The Seattle Arts Commission is an advocacy and advisory body for the… [ Keep reading ]


Tim Lennon to lead Seattle non-profit for African American arts Central Area, Seattle, WA– LANGSTON, the new non-profit arts organization recently established after an extensive community process to guide programming intended to strengthen and advance community through Black arts and culture, announces the selection of Tim Lennon as Executive Director…. [ Keep reading ]