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 of 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 presents a racial equity workshop:

White Fragility: Building White Racial Stamina with Robin DiAngelo

This half-day workshop creates deeper understanding around the concept of White Fragility - the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress, preventing them from engaging constructively across race.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Suite 1600
700 5th Ave, Seattle

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2 - 6 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Suite 1600
700 5th Ave, Seattle

Pre-registration is required. Register here:

If you are an artist or work for an arts or cultural organization, please contact Kathy Hsieh at or 206-733-9926 about scholarships to attend for free.


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