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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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


Artistic Freedom

Inclusive Outreach and Engaging Diverse Audiences

Non-Traditional Casting

Understanding Race