Arts & Culture
A Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Equity from the Redmond Arts and Culture Commission:
The Redmond Arts & Culture Commission mourns the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many more unnamed Black men and women at the hands of police, and at the hands of our institutions, directly and indirectly. We acknowledge that systemic racism unjustly targets our Black communities and we stand in solidarity with our Black and Brown siblings...
We partner with the Arts and Culture Commission to promote public participation in the arts and to build community. Our art programs provide educational opportunities and support local artists and cultural arts organizations to continue their work in Redmond.
Public Art Intensive Eastside Call
The Public Art Intensive Eastside is a free, three-day basic training overview to visual artists who wish to learn how to develop their work for the public realm but may or may not have previous public art experience. Topics covered in the workshops include, contracting, fabrication, maintenance, design concepts, and social practice. Participants will have an opportunity to apply for up to four temporary public art projects for the City of Redmond ranging from $1,250 - $2,500.
We recently had our Q&A Webinar led by Elisheba Johnson and Marcia Iwasaki where they went over the application process and answered questions from interested artists. The video can be viewed Version OptionsArts & Culturhere.
TO APPLY TO THE PUBLIC ART INTENSIVE EASTSIDE GO here Version OptionsArts & CultureHeadline.
DEADLINE: Friday, July 30, 2021 by 5:00 pm PST
Congratulations to our 2021 Redmond Art Season Grant Recipients!
The City of Redmond is proud to announce the following partner artists and cultural organizations in the creation of art and cultural projects for our Redmond community: the Black Cinema Collective, Tiny Studio Workshop, Centro Cultural Mexicano, Chrysalis Circus, Coco Allred, House of Kala, Semilla Flamenca, and Tina Velazquez Hays.
The City of Redmond is looking for enthusiastic instructors who love to teach people of all ages. Do you enjoy teaching children, adults, and seniors? If so, you will want to keep reading! We welcome all types of instructors to apply.
These are part-time supplemental positions with varying hours. Classes occur year-round, 0-15 hours per week, and will be scheduled for morning, evening and weekends. This position is limited to a maximum of 1040 hours per year.
To find out more information and see the full job description, please apply online.
The Artist-in-Residence program stimulates cultural vibrancy in the parks of Downtown Redmond and challenges residents to become an active participant in civic life and cultural advocacy.
Meet our 2020-2021 Artist-In-Residence
Our new Artist-in-Residence Xaviera Vandermay is Director and Principal Choreographer of 3rd Shift Dance, a professional contemporary jazz dance company based in Seattle, WA and currently in residence at YAW Theater with summer projects including a music video project with Whitney Mongé and back-up dancing for a reunited Flymoon Royalty.
More information about her work can be found on the 3rd Shift Dance Facebook page.
Opens a New Window. Meet Our Poet Laureate
The City of Redmond is proud to announce the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate, Raul Sánchez.
Established in 2008, the Poet Laureate program produces a variety of programming and community engagement opportunities offered to Redmond residents and visitors. The Redmond Poet Laureate Program builds a more literate and understanding community through poetry and the literary arts by broadening awareness of poetry and expressing the spirit of Redmond culture through poetry.
Our new Poet Laureate, Raul Sánchez immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1979 and has been living in the region since the mid-1990’s. His poems have been published in many print and on-line publications and his first book was nominated for the 2013 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. In addition, he teaches poetry through Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools program, PONGO Teen Writing, and Yakima Community College.
Mr. Sánchez penned this special poem as a gift to the City of Redmond, enjoy reading it here.
The Poet Laureate program was established by ordinance 2444 to produce a variety or programming and community engagement opportunities for Redmond residents and visitors.
Past Poet Laureates
Learn about Past Poet Laureate
City of Redmond Poet Laureate Reunion
Raul Sanchez, current City of Redmond Poet Laureate, will bring together for the first time all of our former City of Redmond Poet Laureates whose work and presence in the city have left a lasting impression. They are: Rebecca Woods Meredith, Michael Dylan Welch, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Shin Yu Pai, and Melanie Noel. We will share a variety of poetic styles on the webinar event scheduled for Thursday March 25 th from 3pm-4:30pm. Register here..
City of Redmond offers a collection of fine art classes, dedicated to providing high-quality, fine art instruction, through our Redmond Arts Studio program. Please visit our activities page for more information.
Explore the City of Redmond’s Art Collection
Discover downtown Redmond’s public art collection by following the Redmond Public Art Walking Map (PDF). Printed copies of this map are available at our community centers.
Even more public art exists beyond this map! We maintain a public art mobile app for Redmond’s permanently-installed outdoor art collection. The app is called STQRY (pronounced "story") and is available for free on iOS and Android operating systems.