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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January 27, 2015
Arts & Social Change Symposium present
Arts and Social Change Showcase

Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

This afternoon event will showcase a mix of visual and performing artists to presenters who book local talent in our region followed by a reception at the Bellevue City Hall. $15

The Arts & Social Change Symposium, is an inter-agency collaboration between 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Center Cultural Programs, Washington State Arts Commission, City of Bellevue, ArtXchange Gallery, and Novum Lux. For more information visit

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MLK Youth "I Have a Dream" Contest
Open submissions through Monday, January 5, 2015

Seeking original spoken word, poetry, speech, short story, song, rap, and/or music pieces that respond to MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech based on where the youth of today feel we are 50 years later. We want to hear in your own words — your thoughts, concerns, ideas, hopes, dreams and/or potential solutions to the call Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put forth back in 1963.

Full details and submission form


Artistic Freedom

Inclusive Outreach and Engaging Diverse Audiences

Non-Traditional Casting

Understanding Race