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2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA
Contact: Sarah Bluvas, Arts & Culture Coordinator
Email: sarah.bluvas@merce. . .
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2019 Community Survey - Provide feedback about Arts Council programs and initiatives!

The Mercer Island Arts Council is evaluating current programming and initiatives, and we want to hear from YOU! With limited resources, we want to make sure our work continues to provide impact and value to the Mercer Island community. Our goal is to capture feedback to help us in our 2021-2022 planning process, which will kick off in January 2020.

This anonymous survey is brief, open to all community members, and available in an online and a print version.
Online Version
Fill the survey out online here: The survey should take less than 7 minutes to complete, and your responses will automatically be recorded.

Print Version
The survey is also available in print form, which you can access in two ways:

Once you complete the print survey, drop it in the dropbox located in the Mercer Island Gallery or mail completed forms to:

Mercer Island Arts Council
c/o Sarah Bluvas
2040 84th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Questions? Contact Sarah Bluvas at sarah.bluvas@mercergov.orgWe appreciate your input!

Thanks for a fantastic summer season!

Many thanks to all the community members and neighbors who joined us for Mostly Music in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park this summer! We loved seeing so many people enjoy performing arts in our parks, and we hope you'll return season year to help us celebrate 35 years of quality arts entertainment presented by the Mercer Island Arts Council. We'll share more information about how to get involved with these long-running programs here, so check back soon for more details!

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
Arts Council Regular Meeting
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Mercer Island Arts Council meets 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 collaborates with Mercer Island Parks & Recrea...  Read more... 
Mercer Island Gallery presents: Annual MIVAL Holiday Show
Friday, December 13, 2019
MIVAL Holiday Show October 28-December 13, 2019 FREE Artists Reception: Thursday, October 31, 6:30-8 pm The Mercer Island Arts Council is excited to close the year with another MIVAL Holiday Show! Enjoy this annual favorite, which features jewelry, fiber arts, photography, pottery, handmade car...  Read more... 
Forest Restoration Event
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Each year, Mercer Island citizens donate hundreds of hours of their time to maintain the community's parks and open spaces: picking up litter, planting trees, cutting down ivy, mulching, or repairing trails. Many people are interested in preserving the forested character of the island, and we h...  Read more... 
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