Creative Strategies Initiative

The Creative Strategies Initiative (CSI) builds City employees' capacity for transformational, anti-racist organizing in our City work. Racial and social justice requires us to be relational, creative, adaptive and attuned to the interconnection of all living systems. CSI projects position artists, cultural organizers, and healers as designers and facilitators of strategies that interrupt the system and culture of white supremacy. Projects use arts, culture, mindfulness, and embodiment to approach issues holistically, break down silos, amplify connections, and cultivate a culture of belonging.

CSI projects include:

  • Policy processes
  • Learning cohorts and communities of practice
  • New frameworks and tools
  • Community engagement integrated with arts and culture  

CSI is a component of the Race and Social Justice Initiative's culture shift strategy and the outgrowth of a partnership between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR). Each CSI project is a partnership with ARTS, SOCR, and one or more departments. 

CSI projects have included a range of issue areas, City departments, and strategies: