Help Shape Our Online Experience

Want to give Seattle City Light a piece of your mind? We have a unique opportunity for you to help us shape the future online experience for City Light. We are hosting 90-minute workshops for you to provide us feedback and your own personal insights March 29 and April 1  from noon to 1:30 p.m. If you’re interested, email us at with your name and date preference. We’ll respond with a few questions to get us started and provide you with additional details. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Office of Arts & Culture participating in Seattle Design Festival 2015

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is participating in Seattle Design Festival 2015 with two unique events; a workshop that will explore the vision of an equitable city and a hands-on art making workshop with Portland artist Horatio Law for his temporary public artwork South Park Crisálida.

The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. The 2015 festival: Design for Equity explores how design can contribute to a more equitable society. From buildings that everyone can access and move through, to apps that enable civic participation by people in every location and language, to cities where we can all afford to live – design is a vehicle of innovation. Design for Equity invites us to create a future in which everyone in our society – from every background, ability, race, age, gender, location or economic status – can access the same opportunities and outcomes, both now and in the future.

Saturday, September 19 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
WORKSHOP – Designing the Equitable City Four agencies from the City of Seattle present a workshop on visioning an equitable city.

Cities are spaces where diverse cultures, experiences, backgrounds, traditions and ways of being converge. They are nests for creative expression and offer pathways for unique and dynamic opportunities. Yet, although diversity is a clear asset to all cities, not all communities reap the same benefits of what a city has to offer.

The City of Seattle has made a commitment to work towards social equity with an emphasis on racial equity, across all departments. In this workshop you will hear from the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Design Commission, Seattle’s Planning Commission and the Office of Arts & Culture as they share the role that we as designers, urban planners, and artists play in creating a new equitable vision for our cities. There will be a panel of commissioners, design professionals, artists and staff who will share what is happening at a city-wide level to realize the City’s commitment to building a racially equitable Seattle, followed by an interactive brainstorming breakout session where we will all explore our own individual roles in visioning and realizing a more inclusive home that serves all communities. There will be an opportunity to report out on the smaller-group discussions and share what we’ve learned from each other.

Sunday, September 20 • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
8709 14th Ave S, Seattle, 98108
WORKSHOP – South Park Crisálida – Envisioning Community Transformation Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and South Park Arts co-present Horatio Law’s South Park Crisálida

Portland artist Horatio Law and South Park Arts present a hands-on art making workshop that invites community members and Design in Public participants to partner in the creation of South Park Crisálida, a temporary public artwork that will be installed in the South Park neighborhood. Law’s sculpture invites the South Park community to be co-creator of the artwork by weaving “Community Yarns” that will form the outer skin of the artwork. Each participant will be able to create a 10’ “yarn” by weaving colorful ropes and incorporating personal artifacts. Design in Public participants are invited to observe and participate in this equity-building activity that empowers the community to create change.

Law is designing South Park Crisálida to raise community awareness about a sewer improvement project that Seattle Public Utilities will construct in 2016 and become a destination piece that attracts visitors to the neighborhood during construction. Through this workshop, community members and merchants will work together to build stronger ties, as well as incorporate their vision for a future transformed South Park.

“Community Yarns” created during the workshop will be displayed at the South Park Library (8604 Eighth Ave. S., 98108) until South Park Crisálida is installed in spring 2016. The artwork is commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds.

More information on SPU’s South Park Sewer Improvement Project can be found here.

ACCESSIBILITY: ADA/Wheelchair Accessible, Family Friendly, Scent-Free Space, Multilingual program: Spanish interpretation (please check back for additional language interpretation)

Delridge Projects Workshop

Delridge Projects Workshop
Turn Your Passion Into Action!

Saturday, June 6
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SW Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle St.)

Join us at the event to join your neighbors to:
• Provide direction on the North Delridge Action Plan (North of SW Elmgrove St.)
• Help design future multimodal improvements to Delridge Way
• Learn about Longfellow Creek Basin Natural Drainage Systems

Here’s what we have heard at previous Delridge meetings:
• Create more community and cultural gathering places
• More places to shop and eat
• Improve walking, biking, and transit connections
• Create more recreation and cultural programs

Open to the public and ADA accessible. Interpretation will be available in Cambodian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Childcare is also available. For more information, contact David Goldberg, city planner, at (206) 615-1447 email or visit

Presented by: Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Civic Partner Highlight and Workshops for 2015-16 application

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture’s Civic Partner funding program invests in arts and cultural organizations to foster broad public access to a rich array of quality arts opportunities while promoting a healthy and diverse cultural community. On May 19th the 2015-16 two-year funding program will begin accepting applications and will award approximately $1.7M to arts and cultural organizations in the city.

photo credit: Colleen Cooke

One of our current Civic Partners is Khambatta Dance Company (KDC). Khambatta Dance Company is a six member dance group led by Cyrus Khambatta celebrating 25 years of making dance in 2015. It has consistently fulfilled its mission to bring communities together and to offer dance to the broadest possible audience by performing both regionally/internationally – in places such as Brazil, Mexico, India, Montana, Oregon and Eastern Washington in the last year alone- AND presenting hundreds of local, national and international artists to Seattle audiences of nearly 5,000 annually through The Seattle International Dance Festival.

The festival provides free outdoor programming open to all, partnering this year with The Mobile Food Rodeo, as well as more intimate theatrical performances in partnership with Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle Theater Group at Raisbeck Hall and The Moore Theater. For more information on the festival visit

You can see Khambatta Dance Company perform its latest piece Fear and Vulnerability at the Seattle International Dance Festival on June 12-13. According to Cyrus Khambatta, at KDC being a Civic Partner means: “The Office of Arts & Culture is not only a funding body, it is a support network. In my experience, everyone at ARTS is a passionate, dedicated advocate for the arts, making sure that the arts and audiences connect, that citizens recognize the value of having the arts in their communities and continually focusing on the enrichment, diversity, creativity and depth of relations that the arts espouse within our community. It is an invaluable entity that is intrinsic to the healthy cultural sustenance of this community and its overall vibrancy within the region and the nation.”

Eligible Seattle arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations of all sizes and disciplines need to have a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. Applicants should also be not-for-profit (does not have to have 501(c) (301) tax-exempt status). The application closes on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Online application and guidelines are available at Organizations are reviewed by a peer panel on public impact, artistic merit, and organizational strength.

Workshops: Get insider tips on how to submit a strong application. The Civic Partner Application has been updated significantly. We encourage ALL applicants to attend a workshop. With increasing numbers of applicants yet level funding, this program will be more competitive than ever before. These interactive question-and-answer sessions will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply plus special focus on what’s new. The 3-hour sessions go in deeper depth about the new elements of the application process including an even deeper focus on racial equity. Please register by contacting Kathy Hsieh at or (206) 733-9926. Workshops will be held:

Tuesday, May 12 – 6 – 9 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, Room 106
2524 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 on Seattle’s Beacon Hill

Tuesday, May 19 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Seattle City Hall, Room 370
600 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle

Thursday, May 21 – 2 – 5 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Room 370
600 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle

Wednesday, June 3 – 6 – 8 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, Room 106
2524 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 on Seattle’s Beacon Hill

In 2014, the Civic Partners program awarded $1.7 million to 158 Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations plus nine arts service organizations designated as Community Partners. These funded programs engaged more than 15,855 volunteer and paid artists serving an audience of almost 1.4 million people, including 168,272 students and youth, and provided 272,390 free admissions. Nearly 43 percent of the funded projects either involved artists of color or served communities of color at some level.