About Us

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

For more information on the history of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture visit HistoryLink.org .

Mission

We activate and sustain Seattle through arts and culture

Vision

The Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences.

Commitment to Racial Equity

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture commits to an anti-racist work practice that centers the creativity and leadership of people of color - those most impacted by structural racism - to move toward systems that benefit us all. We also acknowledge that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people.

We envision a city of people whose success, safety and health are not pre-determined by their race. A city where all artists, performers, writers and creative workers have the freedom, agency and platform to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences. At the same time, we acknowledge that our actions - both conscious and unconscious, past and present - have benefited some communities while limiting opportunities and outcomes for communities of color. We work toward our vision by addressing and working to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices.  

In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, we seek new solutions that use arts as a strategy to drive not only our office, but the City as a whole toward racial equity and social justice. We will continue to break barriers and build arts-integrated tools that challenge the status quo, and push us toward the inclusive society we envision.  

If you have any questions about our commitment, or would like to know more about the work we are doing, please call us at 206.684.7171 or email at Arts.Culture@Seattle.gov.

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Randy Engstrom
Director

King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station
Seattle is transforming King Street Station into a hub for arts and culture. In a unique collaboration between the Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and the Office of Economic Development, the City will create a dynamic space for arts and culture in the heart of the city.

Staff & Commission

Staff
Meet the staff of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Seattle Arts Commission
The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
Jobs
Intermittent Ushers <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is a facility offering rental of facility spaces and theater areas to other organizations and the public. LHPAI is seeking Ushers to provide rental support for the facility.12/6/2016
Public Art Intern <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Assist the ten member Public Art team and provide assistance for several focused activities of the Public Art program. The intern will gain insight into activities that activate and sustain the city's arts and culture fields. he position will provide support for the stewardship of the city's public art collection, as well as assisting in our agency's ongoing efforts to train and engage more artists in the field of public art. 11/15/2016
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700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1766
Seattle, WA 98104
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PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748
Phone: (206) 684-7171
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Email: arts.culture@seattle.gov

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Reports & Research

ArtsFund's 2014 Economic Impact Study compiles data from 313 non-profit cultural organizations in the Central Puget Sound region, in addition to over 3,500 patron surveys, to assess their impact on our region's economy and identity. The study contains comprehensive information about how the region's many arts, cultural, and scientific organizations fuel our economy and enrich our communities.

2014 Economic Impact Study

This report details the findings of research on the overall health of a region's arts-related creative economy issued by WESTAF.

2012 CVI Report

2011 CVI Report

2009-10 CVI Report

The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in Seattle—supporting jobs, generating government revenue and securing tourism.

Here are the highlights:

  • $447.6 million in annual economic activity
  • 10,807 full-time equivalent jobs
  • $248.2 million in household income
  • $38.2 million in local and state government revenues

The $447.6 million total includes $272 million in spending by nonprofit arts organizations and $175.6 million in event-related spending by their audiences.

The study was released in June 2012 by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit arts advocacy group. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, it involved more than 180 research partners, 50,000 audience intercept surveys as well as detailed budget and attendance information from 8,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations across the country. Read about the national study results.

Full Seattle Study Seattle Snapshot

Compiled annually by Americans for the Arts, the Creative Industries report charts arts-centric businesses that range from non-profit museums, symphonies and theaters to for-profit film, architecture and advertising companies. As of January 2011, Seattle was home to 4,571 arts-related businesses that employ 20,616 people.

2011 Creative Industries in Seattle

2010 Creative Industries in Seattle

This study of more than two dozen Puget Sound arts and cultural organizations reinforces findings that the current recession is taking a toll on Puget Sound arts and cultural organizations. The 24-page report commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Seattle Foundation, compiles the results of interviews with the leaders of 28 cultural organizations conducted in January 2009 by Helicon Collaborative. It also outlines strategies to manage the economic crisis.

Helicon Report: Recession's Impact on Cultural Organizations