Renton Municipal Arts Commission

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Arts Commission on the Road!

The Renton Roadshow program was designed to provide opportunities for local artists to perform during the shutdowns that resulted from COVID-19. Since the launch in February 2020, the program has become a popular opportunity bring live music and performance art to events and neighborhoods around the city. Check out the schedule here for your chance to engage with your arts community and enjoy these free shows!

Arts and Culture Grants Program

Graphic: Arts commission gratsRenton 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.

There will be two rounds of funding in 2022, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications for the first-round of funding closed on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 with priority in given for projects and events scheduled between March and June 2022. Awards will be announced by March 15.

The second round of funding is now open and the deadline to apply is Thursday, May 5, 2022. Awards will be announced by June 20, 2022. 

Grant Guidelines

Please carefully review the 2022 Grants Guidelines before applying. If you have questions, please reach out via contact information in the guidelines. 

  • 2022 Grant Application: 2022 Grants - Round 2

  • Application Portal opens: February 16, 2022

  • Full Application deadline (round 2): 11:59 p.m. PST, May 5, 2022

  • Announcement of awards: late June 2022 

Applicants are encouraged to watch the 2021 Grants Workshop for more information on the grant process. The workshop was held on April 7, 2021

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. 

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.

Arts & Cultural Registry

If you wish to be notified of periodic Calls For Artists, Cultural Networking Events, or Public Art Opportunities, please download the Arts & Culture Registry Form and submit to RMAC.

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.

2021 Projects

A look at 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

Meeting Minutes

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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