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*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.  

Please take our quick survey on the proposed language.

Thank you to those who have participated in public engagement process so far, we appreciate your input that led to the proposed language.  You can view preliminary public comment here.  

-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
Restoration Event
Saturday, June 30, 2018
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, painting over graffiti, or repairing trails. Many people are interested in preserving the forested character of the is...  Read more... 
Movies in the Park
Saturday, July 28, 2018
July 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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