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.
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
Public Art Call for the Redmond Pool
The City of Redmond is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-integrated outdoor artwork for the Redmond Pool. The selected artist/artist team will be asked to create a permanent artwork that highlights the innovation, creativity, and diversity of the City of Redmond.
Budget: $45,000 for design, collaboration, fabrication, installation and expenses.
Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020 by Midnight
For more information, click on the details of the application here.
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 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.