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.
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
Calls for Artists
2020 Redmond Art Season Grants
Congratulations to our 2020 Redmond Art Season Grant recipients: afrose ahmed, Centro Cultural Mexicano, Redmond High School’s Latinos Unidos Club, APex, Redmond Association of Spokenword, SecondStory Repertory, Semilla Flamenca, Tasveer, Tifa Tomb, Vedic Cultural Center, and Wolfberry Studio! To find out more about their projects, check out our calendar.
2020 Redmond Art Season Grants is now cosed. We will open this grant November 2020 for the 2021 cycle.
The City of Redmond is working closely with our Redmond Art Season Grant recipients in order to continue their artistic programming next year, or to modify their programming to adhere to safety measures. Updated information for each event is included in our calendar.
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.
2020 Creative Consultancy
The City of Redmond was awarded the 4Culture Creative Consultancy grant to partner with artists Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Carlos Jimenez, and Centro Cultural Mexicano to encourage participation in the 2020 Census Count. This project includes the design and fabrication of 5 sculptures to serve as visual reminders to turn in your census.
Complete your census today by mailing your form or online my2020census.gov, to register by phone in one of 14 languages call, 844-330-2020.
As Mexican American artists, Ms. Yusuf and Mr. Jimenez know the importance of highlighting untold stories and amplifying unheard voices. To find out more about the project and Centro Cultural Mexicano, please visit their website at, www.centroculturalmexicano.org
Cultural Inclusion has emerged as a City priority whose outcome is to have all residents fully and effectively access city services. The City is dedicated to ensuring an accurate, fair, and inclusive U.S Census count in 2020. For more info on the census go to redmond.gov/census2020.
Starting May 15th, the five sculptures will be placed in key locations in Redmond. Find all 5 and send your photos to email@example.com to receive a free t-shirt, please include your shirt size.
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.