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Arts Commissions and Cultural Programs


Arts and culture contribute to a community’s vitality and economic development. Many Washington communities have developed local arts commissions and cultural programs. Sometimes these programs are found within the parks and recreation department, and, in other cases, they may be independent offices. In addition to arts commissions, these include public art programs such as a percentage for art works, arts and cultural plans, art in public parks, municipal arts collections, and the establishment of arts, entertainment, and cultural districts.

Washington Arts Commissions and Programs

This section includes examples of public art programs, planning for the arts, funding, and management of art works.

Washington State

  • Public Art, Art in Public Places Program in Washington, Washington State Arts Commission

Washington Cities

Washington Counties

  • King County 4Culture - Public development authority providing cultural services for King County, including the arts, heritage, preservation, and public art
  • Kitsap County Arts Board - Administers the county's 1% for Art program

Arts and Cultural Districts

In addition to the districts below, several other cities including Bellevue, Burien, Mukilteo, and Seattle have been considering the establishment of arts or cultural districts.

Additional References

The following are key organizations supporting the arts.

  • Americans for the Arts - National nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the arts and arts education
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - Independent federal agency that funds and promotes the arts 
  • ArtsWA Washington State Arts Commission - State agency that promotes the arts and art education 

Last Modified: April 28, 2016