The Office of Arts & Culture is an active participant in the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), an effort of Seattle City government to realize the vision of racial equity. The Initiative works within City government and with community leaders to get to the root cause of racial inequity: institutional racism. RSJI is led by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and an interdepartmental team of City staff. Seattle's Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney all endorse and promote RSJI.

Provided here are resources and events related to this work. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; if you believe that an important resource is missing, please email us.


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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) presents a two-day training with follow-up on racial equity for representatives of arts and cultural organizations:

Racial Equity Learning Cohort—Turning Commitment into Action

This two-day learning cohort offers arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity—both within their organizations and through their work in and with community—into actions for tangible change. The Community Institute two-part intensive training session, Turning Commitment into Action, will give representatives the opportunity to develop skills to address perceived and actual barriers to racial equity within their organizations and the arts and cultural sector. This is the third offering of this cohort.

Pre-registration is required; for a description and full list of requirements visit Turning Commitment into Action.

Monday, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location in Seattle, TBD

Wednesday, September 30, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location in Seattle, TBD

The cohort includes these required sessions:

  • Two half-day training sessions: Monday, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m.; Wednesday, September 30, 5 - 9 p.m. Following these sessions and before the third session, four hours of work, the bulk of which will be done with the other people from your group.
  • A follow-up session to develop your racial equity plans, explore tools and learn from peers' successes and challenges: Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • A final session to assess progress and plan adjustments to strategies and tactics: Wednesday, November 18, 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Additional sessions, optional and strongly recommended, may be added to maximize learning and support.

Registration opens June 8 at 9 a.m. and closes August 11 at 5 p.m.

Questions contact Diana Falchuk at 206.498.5949

The American Friends Service Committee and People's Institute Northwest Present


In Beacon Hill, South Seattle. Aug 3-7, 10 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Roots of poverty
  • Racism
  • Know your rights with the police
  • Prison industrial complex
  • The history you're not taught in schools
  • History of organizing in Seattle
  • How to make non-violent social change

Freedom School is for youth ages 15 - 23 to learn about racism and organize to undo it through field trips, speakers and elders. learn community organizing skills, listen about and share culture. Free to attend. Free lunch and snacks. To be a part of this year's Freedom School please email to request an application and submit no later than July 10th 2015 by mail to 814 NE 40th St, Seattle, WA 98105 or by e-mail to

Space is limited to 25 students, so apply quick! Questions? Contact Dustin Washington at 206.632.0500 ext14 or


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