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 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.

Arts Corps presents an equity workshop on:

Gender/Sexism & Intersectionality

Part of their Race and Social Justice Series, this session explores the effects of Sexism and the difference between sex, and gender, and the gender spectrum. Facilitated by Molly Pencke Program Manager at Powerful Voices.

Wednesday May 6, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Youngstown's Thelma DeWitty Theater
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Register here

SIS Productions presents:

Inclusive Casting Workshop

Learn more effective strategies for reaching actors of color. Eliminate barriers that are preventing you from reaching the acting talent you seek. Understand casting through a racial equity lens. This free interactive workshop will include lecture presentation, small group work, and panel Q & A, and is ideal for Artistic Directors, Directors, Casting people, Producers, Actors, Educators and Students.

Two separate sessions of the workshop are available:

  • Thursday, May 7, 1 - 4 p.m. at the Seattle Rep
  • Tuesday, May 19, 7 - 10 p.m. at the Center House Theatre

Pre-registration is requested:

Presented by SIS Productions with in-kind support from The Seattle Repertory Theatre and Theatre Puget Sound.


Artistic Freedom

Inclusive Outreach and Engaging Diverse Audiences

Non-Traditional Casting

Understanding Race