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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October 6, 2014 6:00-8:30 PM
4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Artist Trust present
African & African American Artists

@ Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St - Seattle, 98144
African and African American artists creating in Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater, Visual, and Public Art are invited to join us for a FREE, informal evening to learn about art resources, and enjoy networking with light refreshments.

Questions? Contact or 206-684-7310

OCTOBER 11, 2014: 10 am - 1 pm
Seattle Office for Civil Rights presents
Racial Equity in Education
@ Goodwill Job Training and Education Center
700 Dearborn Place S, Seattle, WA 98144 On the corner of Rainier Ave and Dearborn St
The City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative is building a new Campaign for Racial Equity in partnership with community. Tell us what our priorities should be and how we can collaborate on lasting, meaningful change.

RSVP to let us know you're coming!
Please let us know if you will need translation, childcare, accommodation or alternative format for a disability (facility is accessible).

Questions? Contact or 206-684-5845

October 28 or 29, 2014
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents
A Workshop on White Fragility
With Robin DiAngelo

Interactive antiracism workshop covering: acknowledging the historic and current power differentials between people based on the racial groups to which they belong; addressing the patterns of interaction that develop due to the dynamics of our racial socialization and; providing the perspectives and skills for white people to create more racially just norms and practices. This workshop will focus on the specific way that racism manifests through white fragility. Workshop goals: an in-depth analysis of white fragility, gain skills for constructive white cross-racial engagement, and be inspired for on-going learning.

Questions? Contact or 206-733-9926

November 12, 2014
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Center and ArtXchange Gallery present
Arts Connection Workshops at the Seattle Center

Learn how to create greater visibility for you and your work as an artist! Separate tracks for all arts disciplines!

An Arts & Social Change Symposium event supported in part by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Center, ArtXchange Galleryand 4Culture.

Questions? Contact or 206-684-7084

November 18 & 19, 2014
Theatre Puget Sound

In partnership with Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Seattle Center and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights present Creating Brave Space: Addressing Issues of Inclusion and Equity in Theatre.

Join Theatre Puget Sound for a transformative community discussion tackling what is arguably one of the most pressing issue of our time; issues of diversity, inclusion and equity. Arts organization across the nation are having to redefine who they are, and who they want to be in relation to their communities. Join us for an engaging conversation led by Carmen Morgan, national consultant to the arts, on best practices, coalition building, and possible next steps for collaboration for building equity in the arts.

Questions? Contact or or 206-733-9926
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