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Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission

Call for Artist in Residence on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission is seeking an artist or artist teams to serve as "Artist in Residence" to create an ephemeral art project on site at the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The artwork will be constructed and installed on the Cross Kirkland Corridor during the period of Sept 10 - October 8, 2016. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2016 at 5pm. Please read the Request for Proposal (PDF - 2 MB) for more information. Questions can be directed to Philippa Marsh at

Cultural Arts Commission Funding Opportunity
The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to encourage art activations in Kirkland.  The Commission has two $1,000 grants available to fund programs or events that occur in Kirkland before December 15, 2016.  The Commission would like to fund opportunities that engage the public in an innovative or creative way with a focus on art, culture and heritage. This includes performance art, literary arts, community art projects and other creative ventures. The Cultural Arts Commission will give special interest to programs that expose art to new audiences. 

Applications (PDF-131 kb) are due on or before June 10, 2016 by 4pm to Philly Marsh,  Decisions as to who receives funding will be made at the Cultural Arts Commission June 18, 2016 meeting in the Rose Hill Room at City Hall from 4-6pm. Questions can be directed to Philly Marsh at 425-587-3013 or

Art on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC)

The Kirkland City Council purchased a 5.75 miles section of the 42 mile Eastside Rail Corridor in 2012 and a Master Plan was completed in 2013. Building off of the Master Plan, the Cultural Arts Commission is leading efforts to imagine how art, in a variety of forms, including performance, interactive, ephemeral and permanent, can be incorporated in the corridor experience.

On November 16 an initial planning session presentation (PDF-12 MB) took place to gather public input (PDF-2 MB). A second public meeting (PDF-6 MB) took place on January 20, 2016 that welcomed all levels of the community to shape the evolving corridor as a catalyst for art and creative cultural placemaking.

Ideas and input can be directed to

Crane and its VigilanceArts in Kirkland

Kirkland is a distinguished art and cultural destination that features celebrated galleries, art and cultural organizations, individual artist and events. It’s not by accident that those who live, work, and play here have become art enthusiasts in some way. Public art greets and intrigues you throughout the City, performances happen year round and art galleries showcase traditional and new art forms. Visit the City’s tourism website to explore Kirkland’s diverse art scene.

Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission

The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission is a volunteer board that works to help arts, culture and heritage grow and thrive in the City of Kirkland. Along with supporting art and cultural initiatives throughout the year the Cultural Arts Commission advises the City Council on art acquisition and promotes strategic arts planning in Kirkland.

In the 2009 Strategic Plan for the Arts, Culture, and Heritage of Kirkland, the following vision statement captures the ideals of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission:

“The City of Kirkland strongly values the integration of diverse art, culture and heritage to enrich the quality of daily life and enrich a dynamic community. Between 2010 and 2020, Kirkland will greatly strengthen the aesthetics and economy of our lakeside community by becoming a notable arts destination.”

Public Art

Parkplace Sculpture GalleryThe Cultural Arts Commission is charged with managing and curating the City's public art collection, including a 1% for the Arts mandate for City projects over a certain threshold. In addition, the Cultural Arts Commission has partnered with neighborhood associations as well as private developers to expand the public art offerings.

Park Lane in downtown Kirkland just got the final touches with the installation of an outdoor sculpture gallery. Curated by the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, sculptures are displayed on a rotating basis and for sale to the public. Interested artists may submit an application (PDF-646 kb) and sculptures are accepted on a rolling basis.


The Cultural Arts Commission meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m., Kirkland City Hall. You are welcome to share your art ideas with it by attending the meeting or emailing
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