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Mercer Island, WA
Contact: Sarah Bluvas, Arts & Culture Coordinator
Email: sarah.bluvas@merce. . .
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Message from Arts Council Chair Erin Vivion

Here's the list of fun ways to Connect with Culture from Your Couch! Have fun exploring and creating.  

COVID-19 Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations
Are you an artist or arts & culture organization that has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? Or a Mercer Island community member interested in donating to the arts sector during this time? Visit our COVID-19 Arts Resources page to learn more about accessing resources or how to help the arts community in this uncertain time.

Arts Council Programs & Events Update - April 13, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the City of Mercer Island has canceled the following summer Arts Council events:

  • Mostly Music in the Park (July and August 2020)
  • Shakespeare in the Park (July and August 2020)
The Mercer Island Community & Event Center remains closed through June 30, and some Mercer Island Gallery exhibits have been postponed. Staff and the Arts Council are evaluating plans for future postponements/cancelations and ways to reschedule events. 

For additional information related to facility and program closures/cancellations due to the coronavirus emergency, visit the Parks & Recreation homepage.

About the 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 gallery exhibits, outdoor concerts and plays, and literary events. The Arts Council also works with the Parks and Recreation department to steward the City's public art collection.

Click here for an application to be a member of the Mercer Island Arts Council. 

Member Info

Nine volunteer citizens comprise the board, which is staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department. 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.

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 and 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
*Canceled* Arts Council Regular Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
*CANCELED* ​Notice is hereby given that the Mercer Island Arts Council Regular Meeting of Wednesday, June 10, 2020 is canceled. The next Arts Council Regular Meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.​ The Mercer Island Arts Council meets on the ...  Read more... 
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