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.
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.
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.
Past Poet Laureates
Learn about Past Poet Laureate
2022 Redmond Art Season Grant Call
The City of Redmond seeks proposals for quality arts and/or cultural projects and programs for the 2022 Redmond Art Season Grants, which runs January 2022 through December 2022. This grant will go towards project-based support to individual artists and small to mid-sized arts groups working in the fields of dance, music, film, theatre, visual arts, literary arts, and festivals. The total Redmond Art Season grant budget is $15,000.
Budget: Awards will be granted in fixed amounts of: $1,500, $2,500, and $3,500
To apply go here
To download a Microsoft Word version of the application, go here
We will have City Staff available on Wednesday, November 17th from 11:30am until 1:30pm at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, if you have questions regarding this grant and how to apply. Please contact Lorna Velasco at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a half-hour appointment.
Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021 at 5pm (PST) Applications can be mailed, delivered by hand to City Hall, or emailed.
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.
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.