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Cultural Arts Commission

Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission

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.

Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan
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.

Crane and its VigilanceOn July 19th the draft Art Integration Plan (PDF-8 MB) was presented to City Council. A Public Meeting to further discuss the draft plan is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30 from 6–7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall (123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033). Register for the meeting.

We welcome your thoughts, comments, excitement and involvement in creating community art experiences on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. If you are unable to attend the public session please share your comments to

Cross Kirkland Corridor Artist in Residence
The inaugural Artist in Residence for the Cross Kirkland Corridor is Terra Holcomb. Terra is a local artist who will create an ephemeral art piece using Black Cottonwood Leaves in the Fall of 2016. More information coming soon!

Arts 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.”

Parkplace Sculpture GalleryPublic Art
The 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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