Dylan Neuwirth, "JUST BE YOUR SELFIE," 2014, temporary installation in Occidental Park. Photo by Robert Wade.
Dylan Neuwirth, "JUST BE YOUR SELFIE," 2014, temporary installation in Occidental Park. Photo by Robert Wade.

Experience Art & Culture

Seattle is one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S., boasting thriving music, theatre and visual arts scenes. Along with supporting flourishing arts experiences, the Office of Arts & Culture has invested in more than 400 permanently sited and integrated public artworks and a collection of nearly 3,000 portable works, most of which are on view throughout the city's municipal buildings, library, parks, community centers and streets.

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Find Art in your Neighborhood
Art Walks
Every month, local artists and merchants offer a free and easy opportunity to enjoy art in neighborhoods across the city.
Maps & Apps
We invite you to chart your own course through the city keeping an eye out for art in unexpected places. Art gives shape to Seattleʼs urban fabric. Since 1973, Seattle has proudly supported this endeavor with its 1% for Art program. Venture into Seattleʼs many neighborhoods and find other engaging works of art. The cityʼs collection includes more than 400 permanent public artworks. Enjoy your journey. We hope you are inspired, delighted and challenged along the way.
Upcoming Events
#TalkTheArts
#TalkTheArts is the Office of Arts & Culture’s bimonthly Twitter party, centering on a curated topic with a panel of guests from Seattle’s diverse arts community.
BorderLands
August 3 – October 29, 2017
This summer the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will enliven the third floor of King Street Station with 2D- and 3D works from the City’s collection and site-specific installations.
Mayor's Arts Awards
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts.
Temporary Projects
Civic Square Fence
Three mural artists and artist-teams have created 200-foot long murals now on view on the Civic Square construction fence in downtown Seattle.
Poetry Garden Art Series
Four artists have been commissioned to create temporary interventions in the Seattle Center Poetry Garden to call attention to the unique character of the site, a space designed to ask visual artists to draw inspiration from the written word.
Art Interruptions 2017
ARTS in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations within the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway and Delridge Connector Trail.

In our Galleries

Coming of Age II
Thru July 5, 2017
Coming of Age II features the 30th anniversary of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association
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July 12 - October 16, 2017
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery features artwork by Danie Allinice.
Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Homelessness
Thru December 14, 2017
A four-exhibition series in which artists and artist teams develop artistic projects on the topic of homelessness. Each two-month exhibition in the city’s Seattle Presents Gallery will demonstrate artists thinking expansively about what shelter and stability mean to diverse populations, and examining the systemic causes of homelessness
Your Body of Water, Part II
April 5 – July 3, 2017
"Your Body of Water," Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) newest additions to their portable works collection, are a visual exploration of our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by SPU.

Browse the Collection

Permanently Sited
The collection includes more than 400 permanently sited and integrated works. Artworks are commissioned through a public process. Panels comprised of professional visual artists along with community and city representatives evaluate the artist applicants. The city stewards and maintains its artworks through an ongoing program of coordinated conservation activities, which include inspections, major restorative work and routine maintenance.
Portable Works
The city's Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of nearly 3,000 artworks in all media, representing hundreds of artists collected by the city since 1973. The collection includes sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles.

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