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Call for Art - The deadline to apply is January 28, 2023

The City of Renton Municipal Arts Commission is seeking design proposals from local artists for vinyl graphics wraps on (6) utility control boxes in Renton. Designs should relate to the culture, history, and/or landscape of Renton. It is encouraged but not required to make a design relating to the location of the specific utility control box that it is to be applied to. This project is intended to transform dull utility cabinets into visually appealing, enjoyable additions to the public right of way. 

Artist(s) will receive $800 for each selected design. 

Please carefully review the complete Request for Proposals before applying. If you have questions, please reach out via contact information in the guidelines. 

  • Artist Submissions due: January 28, 2023

  • Artist Selections notified: February 14, 2023

Arts and Culture Grants Program

Renton Municipal Arts Commission offers grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the general public in Renton. The commission encourage innovative projects by artists and communities that fill in cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for underserved groups.

"I am grateful to have the opportunity and funding to create art in Renton. As I created my installation, community members were so friendly and encouraging. This program provides a wonderful benefit for artists and the community."  ~ Christy Caravaglio, artist, 2021 Grant Recipient

These flexible grants are designed to create access for individuals and groups not served by our annual Community Arts Support Program.

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applications MUST be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline or they will not be considered in that quarter. Applications for the first-round of funding close on Friday, February 3, 2023. Awards will be announced in March.

Grant Guidelines

Please carefully review the Grant Guidelines before applying. If you have questions, please reach out via contact information in the guidelines. 

  • Grant Application: 2023 Round 2

  • Application Portal opens: August 19, 2022

  • Full Application deadline (round 1): February 3, 2023

  • Announcement of awards: March 2023

Renton Municipal Arts Commission

Renton Municipal Arts Commission (RMAC) was formed by Resolution 1320, on August 9, 1965. Overseeing an annual budget, the commission is charged with the responsibility of acting in an advisory capacity to city government in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the city.

The commission strives to support and connect people with arts and culture endeavors in the Renton community.

Goals

  • Enrich and increase participation and awareness of the cultural and artist community.  

  • Serve as Renton’s source for arts information

  • Increase funding opportunities for arts and culture programs

  • Advocate for arts education at all levels

  • Advise the city on arts related projects and public art. 

Public Art in Renton

Renton is home to a vibrant arts scene where you will find a growing collection of city-owned art on display throughout the city.

The majority of the city’s collection is permanently located and readily accessible to the public. You are invited to visit your art collection, and enjoy the varied artworks that belong to the people of Renton.

Arts & Cultural Registry

If you wish to be notified of periodic Calls For Artists, Cultural Networking Events, or Public Art Opportunities, please complete the online Artist Information Form and submit to RMAC.

Arts & Culture Master Plan

Recognizing the important role that the arts play in economic and community development, the City of Renton initiated a community effort to create a multi-year Arts & Culture Master Plan. The overarching goal was to develop and secure broad community ownership in a vision for the arts and culture in Renton. The plan succeeds in defining a vision for the arts created by the community and establishing community commitment to an achievable implementation strategy.

2021 Projects

Some of the projects and events commissioned by Renton Municipal Arts Commission.

 

Commission Members (13)

  • Amelia Ossorio (youth position)
  • Bill Huls, Vice Chair
  • Brianna Burroughs
  • Caren Sumption
  • David Samek
  • Evelyn Reingold
  • Janna Kushneryk
  • Kaie Wise
  • Kiley Thornton, Secretary 
  • Marsha Rollinger     
  • Mary Clymer, Chair
  • Neil Sheesley
  • Susan Jessick

Connect with Renton’s Creative Community

Whether your medium is paint, metal, film, or flute, Renton invites you into its growing creative community. You'll find events and opportunities to show your work, demonstrate your skills and sell your art.

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Monthly Newsletter

Stay Connected!

The commission's monthly new E-Newsletter will help keep you informed and up-to-date with Public Art and Urban Enhancement projects. 

You'll learn about:

  • Upcoming projects and calls for artists 

  • New public artwork dedications 

  • Behind-the-scenes scoops on current projects 

  • Interesting and timely public art topics.

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2022 Funded Projects: Round 2

On June 13, the Renton Municipal Arts Commission presented its allocations to the city council for a second round of the 2022 art grant program.

The commission received funding requests in 2022 that almost doubled its entire budget for the year. As a result, members worked hard to stretch funding for as many projects as possible.

The commission awarded $23,545 to support six projects in this round:

Anna Mia Davidson/Photography Exhibit

An exhibition of Ukrainan historical photographs at the Renton History Museum. The exhibit will include a corresponding program series in the North Gallery of the museum featuring an artist talk and an evening of conversation led by history and Ukrainian studies professors to help put the images into historical context. $2,500.

Ascendance Aerial Arts/Dance Instruction Scholarship Program

The scholarship program provides reduced or free opportunities for students to participate in lessons at Ascendance Aerial Arts. $2,400

Burnett Station Public Mural

Forest Lights will shine on a blank wall on the back of the Burnett Station Apartments, visible from S. 4th Street and the Renton Chamber of Commerce Building. $7,000

Cheryl D’Ambrosio/Plein Air Painting for disabled and senior citizens

A video production of Plein Air Painting instruction for Disabled and Senior citizens. This video will bring awareness, and caretakers will benefit from seeing how to facilitate outdoor art activities in our community. They will learn to think “outside the box” for the benefit of their client or family member. $1,910

Puget Sound Puppetry Festival/ 2022 Puppetry Festival

The annual celebration to showcase local puppetry arts and traditions of Puget Sound. The festival seeks to cross-pollinate their puppetry craft with knowledge from visiting artists. The focus is to provide access at low or no cost to under-served youth populations and the community at large. The goal is to entertain and inspire members of these communities to tell their stories. At the same time, they enjoy groundbreaking works in contemporary puppetry not ordinarily available in this area. $7,000

Renton PTA Reflections Program/ Renton Reflections Program

Reflections allow K-12 students to participate in their favorite expression of arts, whether writing a poem, or short story, creating a unique video, dancing, musical composition, or visual arts. $2,735

City Council includes funding for works of art and an art grants program in the city’s annual budget. Since 1965, Renton Municipal Arts Commission (RMAC) has served as an advisor to city staff to ensure artistic and cultural development through awareness, education, projects, and public art.

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