*New* Arts and Culture Goals and Policies
Following extensive review by City staff and the Arts Council, proposed New Arts and Culture Goals and Policies have been published. They will be reviewed by the Planning Commission, with opportunities for public comment at the June 6, 2018 (6:00pm, City Hall) and August 29, 2018 (6:00pm, City Hall) meetings.
We appreciate your input in the public engagement process that led to the proposed language. You can view preliminary public comment here. Our May-July online survey on the proposed language is now closed; results available soon.
-Mercer Island Arts Council and City Staff
The Mercer Island Arts Council was established in 1985. Its mission is to nurture, promote, and support high-quality cultural arts activities for the community.
The goals of the Arts Council are:
- Advocate the arts, artists and arts organizations of Mercer Island.
- Stimulate community awareness and enjoyment of the fine arts.
- Promote community education, awareness and enjoyment of the arts.
- Support performing, visual and literary arts programs, projects and events.
Committees of the Arts Council, working with the support of Parks and Recreation staff, provide community activities such as art galleries, concerts and plays and literary events as well as support local artists with grants and acquire public art for the City.
Click here for an application to be a member of the Mercer Island Arts Council.
Eleven volunteer citizens comprise the board which is staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department. To find out more about these committees, contact the Chair (see below). Volunteers needed! Members are appointed to four-year terms by the Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council. A City Council member serves as liaison to the group.
The Arts Council members should be able to commit an estimated eight hours of time each month to board activities. Members should possess a broad perspective on the arts, must be willing to facilitate an event that may require a relatively large time commitment for a short period.
Click here to see our current Arts Council Members
Mostly Music in the Park
Thursday, July 19, 2018Join us in Mercerdale Park in July and August for the Mercer Island Arts Councilís annual summer concert series. Concerts feature various bands and artists from around the region, performing a wide variety of music. The first five concerts will be held on Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm.
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Artists' Reception: Puget Sound Sumi Artists
Thursday, July 26, 2018Puget Sound Sumi Artists
Artists' Reception: Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
Exhibit runs July 23-September 7, 2018 @ The Mercer Gallery
Experience sumi, the Japanese style of black ink painting, through works by the Puget Sound Sumi Artists Association.
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Movies in the Park
Saturday, July 28, 2018July 28, Moana, *9:15 pm
August 18, A Wrinkle in Time, *8:35 pm
Join us for another great year of movies in Mercerdale. FREE family movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. Participants should bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights. Movies are cancelled during incl... Read more...
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