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.
Redmond Senior & Community Center: Artist Outreach
6:00 PM on November 16, 2022
Learn more about artist Joe Thurston's design for the new Redmond Senior & Community Center. You'll get a sneak peek at a list of images that could be included in the final artwork--give feedback or even suggest images of your own! Learn more here
Q&A for Cultural Arts Operating Support Grant
6:00 PM on December 5, 2022
Please join the Cultural Arts staff to learn more about the 2023 Cultural Arts Operating Support Grant and ask any questions you might have around the new program. Learn more here
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.
The Redmond Arts and Culture Commission recently approved to transition the annual Arts Season Grant to an Operating Support Grant. The City of Redmond will offer limited, unrestricted support to eligible organizations in Redmond whose missions serve the community through access to arts, arts education, and cultural heritage experiences. This program is intended to assist with the attraction and retention of established and emerging arts and culture organizations. In addition to funding, the City of Redmond will provide access to resources and additional support and opportunities for grantees.
• Active nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization in Redmond, WA city limits with an annual budget of less than $500,000
• Organization has been operational since January 1, 2021
• Primary mission and programmatic activities related to arts, arts education, or cultural heritage
• Organization must have programs open to the general public
• Organization must not have any open Cultural Arts grants with the City of Redmond
DEADLINE: 5:00 pm PST on Thursday, January 5, 2023
Q&A for Operating Support Grant | 6:00 p.m. on December 5, 2022
If you have a scheduling conflict and cannot join us for the Q&A email CulturalArts@Redmond.Gov
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 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.