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Contact: Sarah Bluvas, Arts & Culture Coordinator
Email: sarah.bluvas@merce. . .
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Arts Council

*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
Mercer Island Arts Council


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. 

Member Info

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


Calendar Events
Arts Council Regular Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Arts Council regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center (8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040), unless otherwise posted.   The Arts Council and Parks & Recreation staff provide community activities such ...  Read more... 
Classics on Film
Friday, November 16, 2018
Just as every game of chess is full of possibilities and every match is unique, this quintessential game of concentration and strategy inspired many different types of movies. The 2018-19 Classics on Film series, sponsored by the Arts Council, celebrates the amazing variety of chess-...  Read more... 
Community Dance with Little Bill and the Blue Notes
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Lace up your dancing shoes and show off your skills at this Community Dance hosted by Northwest Dance Network, a local nonprofit committed to inspiring the art, joy, and excellence of non-competitive social dance. Date: Saturday, November 24 Time: 7-11 pm Location: Mercer Island VFW, 1837 ...  Read more... 
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