Renton Municipal Arts Commission

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission 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.


  • 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.

Grant Program

The Arts Commission offers three opportunities for funding to arts & culture projects and programs that serve Renton residents. We encourage innovative projects by artists and communities that fill in cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for under-served groups.

Special Project Grants

Special Project grants are offered three time a year and are designed to fund one-time performances, exhibits, events or programs that offer arts or cultural experiences to Renton residents.  The deadlines to apply are:

March 10, 2019
July 10, 2019
November 10, 2019

Please review the Grant Guidelines package for full details on the Special Project Grants.

Sustaining Program Grant

The Sustaining Program grant is offered once a year and is intended to assist arts & cultural organizations build capacity and strengthen recipients' ability to fulfill their mission and increase their capacity to service Renton residents and visitors.

The deadlines to apply is June 15, 2019.

Please review the Grant Guidelines package for full details on the Special Project Grants. 

Galvanizing Art Projects Program

The Galvanizing Art Projects Program is an innovative method of funding locally made public art with limited resources. The projects are transforming empty spaces into focal points and engaging artists of all ages and skills.  The RMAC commissions local artists of all ages to create public art that reflects Renton’s heritage while aligning with both the city’s Arts & Culture Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan.  Interested artists are encouraged to submit their project ideas through the grant application process.  The deadline is rolling and projects will be considered as they are received. 

Download the  grant applications for all three grant types.

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 and Culture Master Plan.  The over-arching goal of the plan was to develop and secure broad community ownership in a vision for the arts and culture in Renton.  The resulting plan succeeds in defining a vision for the arts created by the community and establishing community commitment to an achievable implementation strategy.

Arts & Culture Master Plan 

Arts & Cultural Registry

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission has developed an “Arts and Culture Registry.” If you wish to be notified of periodic Calls For Artists, Cultural Networking Events, or Public Art Opportunities, please download Arts & Culture Registry Form and submit to RMAC.

Commission Members (13)

  • Bill Huls, Vice Chair
  • Brianna Burroughs
  • Carlos Michel, youth position
  • David Samek
  • Duffy Delgado
  • Evelyn Reingold, Secretary
  • Kaie Wise
  • Marsha Rollinger     
  • Mary Clymer 
  • Neil Sheesley, Chair
  • Susan Jessick

Meeting Minutes

Stay Connected!

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission announces a new E-Newsletter to keep you informed and up-to-date with Public Art and Urban Enhancement projects. The newsletter will arrive once a month and it will be short, sweet, and to-the-point with useful tidbits.

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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