**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 - March 12, 2020**
Effective immediately, all public access, rentals, programs, and activities at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC) are suspended through April 24. Refunds and credits will be issued to rental groups and participants of programs that are suspended. Customer service hours are limited, and responses will be limited to only by phone and email.
Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is the local authority regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in these matters, and the City continues to closely monitor PHSKC’s guidance and recommendations. To stay updated on the City’s response to this situation, visit letstalk.mercergov.org/coronavirus.
Perform at the 2020 Mostly Music in the Park concert series!
Our annual series of live music, arts activities, and family fun in Mercerdale Park returns this summer for the 34th year. Find more details about how to perform at this season here.
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.
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
*Canceled* Forest Restoration Event
Saturday, April 11, 2020[Note: **CANCELED** All March and April events are canceled due to the coronavirus]
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.
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*Canceled* Friday Night Films: Fantasia 2000
Friday, May 01, 2020Note: This event is canceled
Friday Night Films, the Mercer Island Arts Council's film series, returns with a new name and a fresh look to celebrate the 15th year of FREE movies on Mercer Island!
Discover the Art of Film through a dozen movies about visual arts, dance, music, theater, and more... Read more...
Arts Council Regular Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 2020The 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 & Recreation staff to provide opp... Read more...
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