Arts & Culture
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.
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.
Call for Artists
The City of Redmond is currently searching for a new Poet Laureate for 2019-2021.The Redmond Poet Laureate Program builds a more literate and understanding community through poetry and the literary arts by broadening the awareness of poetry and expressing the spirit of Redmond culture through poetry.
Closes Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PST)
ABOVE / INSIDE - April 28th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dudley Carter Park
Meet Our Poet Laureate
Redmond's newest Poet Laureate Melanie Noel was appointed earlier this year and is excited to work with the Redmond community. Melanie is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013) and The Ringing, a chapbook forthcoming from Goodmorning Menagerie. Her poems have also appeared in Thermos, Spiral Orb, Weekday, The Volta, and The Arcadia Project.
She has written poems for installations and as live scores for short films. Melanie was a co-curator of the dance, music and poetry series APOSTROPHE, and curated Impala, a reading series that took place in her grandmother's car. She has taught classes in parks, schools, hospitals, and community centers, and enjoys doing creative engagement work with older adults who have memory loss. Find more information about Melanie by visiting her website.
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 Laureates.
Calls for Artists
Redmond Lights Artist Call
The City of Redmond is inviting artists to submit a proposal to provide new or existing temporary illuminated artworks as part of Redmond Lights. Installations can include illuminated two-or-three dimensional, multi-media works that celebrates Redmond's diverse community and various traditions of light and joy. For more info, regarding selection criteria and ways to apply, click on the information below.
Closes Friday, September 20, 5 p.m (PST)
Arts and Culture Non-Profits
VALA (Venues for Artists in the Local Area) in partnership with City of Redmond seeks interactive Community Booths for So Bazaar Night Market - Thursdays, Aug 15, 22, and 29th (5-10pm). Non-profit culture groups and organizations are cordially invited to submit proposals to provide family-friendly, engaging interactive activities as part of So Bazaar Night Market in Redmond, WA. For more info, regarding selection criteria and ways to apply, click on the information below.
Closes Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PST)
The City of Redmond is inviting artists to submit a proposal to become an Artist-in-Residence to stimulate cultural vibrancy in the parks of Downtown Redmond, specifically Downtown Park, through original artworks and by challenging residents to become active participants in civic life and cultural advocacy. We are interested in collaborative artists working in all disciplines and mediums, with an emphasis on the participatory arts.
Official Call for Redmond Artist-in-Residence
Closes Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PST)
Moving Art Center Producing Partners
The City of Redmond is inviting community groups interested in arts and community engagement to submit their application to produce one or more events dedicated to the values of the Welcoming Network such as: supporting many diverse communities and partners who are leading efforts to make their communities more vibrant towards immigrants and all residents. The city is seeking partners to produce and curate activities for the Moving Art Center across disciplines, including dance, film, literary, music, theater, and/or other live performance, presentation and community engagement.
Closes Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PST)
Redmond Arts Season Grants
The Redmond Arts Season is a grant program that supports quality arts and cultural programs that are accessible to Redmond residents and visitors throughout the year in order to:
- Produce a Thriving Arts Scene in Redmond - We support local artists and arts and cultural organizations.
- Cultivate a Creative Environment - We provide an encouraging environment for artists and participants at all levels.
- Provide Inclusivity - We create connections and partnerships across Redmond's diverse community.
Applications for the 2019 Arts Season have closed. Please check back in September 2019 to apply for a 2020 Arts Season Grant.
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.
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.
Open Call to participate in Maja Petric's artwork AIEye On Redmond
Maja Petrić invites the Redmond community to participate in the creation of her final art piece during her Artist-In-Residence at the City of Redmond. Maja will be using artificial intelligence system (AIEye), developed in collaboration with computer scientist Mihai Jalobeanu, to create an image that expresses the essence of community's gaze at Redmond's natural environment.
To achieve an all-encompassing view that people have of nature in Redmond, Maja will need thousands of images that document the manifold of people's gaze at the natural landscapes of Redmond. For this Maja invites the Redmond community to participate in creation of the piece by contributing their own captures of Redmond's nature.
The final piece AIEye on Redmond will be donated to the City of Redmond and permanently exhibited by the City.
PARTICIPATE IN 2 WAYS:
2) Join us Saturday, July 13 during Derby Days for an ARTIST WALK THROUGH REDMOND TRAILS in which we will be capturing images that will be used in Maja Petrić's AIEye Redmond
2:00pm: Meet at Maja Petrić's Artist Booth (Duration 30-45 minutes, wear comfortable shoes)
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 Artist-In-Residence
Maja utilizes cutting-edge technology to create transformative spatial experiences. Growing up in Croatia during the violent fragmentation of Yugoslavia, she became preoccupied with using art to elevate a sense of the surroundings. She received a PhD from University of Washington and a Masters from New York University on transforming the poetic experience of space through the experimental use of technology. During her studies, Maja discovered that lighting is one of the most potent tools to shape people’s experience.
An accomplished artist, her artwork has been exhibited at Microsoft Research Gallery, Hong Kong Landmark, Gallery 4Culture, Matadero Madrid, Medialab Prado, London’s Winter Lights, and more. More information about her work can be found here: www.majapetric.com.