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
Classics on Film
Friday, January 18, 2019
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...
Artist Pop-Up: Northwest Artists in Action Guild
Saturday, January 26, 2019Artist Pop-Up: Northwest Artists in Action Guild
Saturdays, January 26 and February 2 | 11 am-3 pm | FREE
Discover the artistic process at two demonstrations by the Northwest Artists in Action Guild, a group of fine artists specializing in media such as oil painting, watercolor, and pastel. See ... Read more...
Art Talk: The Gothic Cathedral with Art Historian Rebecca Albiani
Tuesday, January 29, 2019Explore the Gothic style of 12th and 13th century France with noted art historian and lecturer Rebecca Albiani. In developing this style, builders strove for even greater height and transparency. Seamless amalgams of architecture, sculpture, and glass, the great French Gothic cathedrals attempted to... Read more...
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