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Arts & Culture
We partner with Redmond's 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.
Arts & Culture Office Hours
Free service for Redmond's creative community. Cultural Arts Staff is available to look over art call or grant applications, answer questions around funding, provide resources, support and more through our new office hours. Feel free to drop by or email to confirm a time slot.
Learn more by checking out the dates in the calendar!
Utility Box Wraps
At the Cleveland and Leary intersection, you'll see a colorful new addition to the corner!
In 2020, three local artists were chosen from an open call asking for artwork for these downtown utility boxes.
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Downtown Redmond Art Walk
August 17, Starting at 4 p.m.
The 1st Annual Downtown Redmond Art Walk will highlight Redmond's local artists and downtown businesses on Thursday, August 17. The event partners the downtown area's businesses with local artists in order to highlight both art and the vibrant organizations in Redmond's downtown corridor. As a part of the event, the City of Redmond will activate Downtown Park from 4 - 7 p.m. with art and performances, as well as produce a map of participating locations to encourage participants to visit the art and performances at those businesses.
Learn more here.
Utility Box WrapsAt the Cleveland and Leary intersection, you'll see a colorful new addition to the corner!In 2020, three local artists were chosen from an open call asking for artwork for these downtown utility boxes. Utility Box WrapsAt the Cleveland and Leary intersection, you'll see a colorful new addition to the corner!In 2020, three local artists were chosen from an open call asking for artwork for these downtown utility boxes. Utility Box Art Wraps Utilit Box Art Wraps Utility Box Art Wraps Utility Box Art Wraps Utility Box Art Wraps Utility Box Art Wraps Utility Box Art Wraps Utility Box Art Wraps Utility Box Wraps Utility Box Wraps
2023 Cultural Arts Micro Grant
The Redmond Arts and Culture Commission recently approved a new initiative; the Cultural Arts Micro Grant. The City of Redmond offers up to $250 in funding to eligible projects or activities in Redmond whose purpose serve the community through access to arts, arts education, and cultural heritage experiences. This program is intended to assist in increasing access to arts and culture for our residents.
Learn more about the process by downloading the application.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS
QUESTIONS? Email CulturalArts@redmond.gov with questions about any of the above calls or applications.
Interested in Serving on a Panel?
The City of Redmond Cultural Arts Program issues Public Art calls for a variety of projects, sites, and events across the city. Artist selection for each opportunity is decided by a panel of community members.
Interested in serving on a future panel?Fill out the form here.
Opens a New Window. Meet Our Poet Laureate
The City of Redmond is proud to announce the 2022 Poet Laureate, Laura Da'.
Our new Poet Laureate, a poet and a public-school teacher, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ is the recipient of fellowships from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation, Richard Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. She is the author of Tributaries, winner of the American Book Award, and Instruments of the True Measure, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She lives near Renton with her husband and son.
Learn more about her time as Poet Laureate in Redmond.
Established in 2008 by ordinance 2444, 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.
View the video of Redmond's Poet Laureate Laura Da reciting Bird's Eye View
Past Poet Laureates
Learn about Past Poet Laureates
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.
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 STQRY app is available for free on iOS and Android operating systems.