Kalakala Art Concepts
In February 2015, the City of Kirkland purchased roughly 30 historical pieces of the Kalakala, the world’s first streamlined passenger vessel. The Kalakala was built between 1933 and 1935 at the Lake Washington Ship Yard in Kirkland’s Carillon Point.
Four concepts were revealed at a Public Open House on January 31, 2018.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscribe to receive announcements about art events in Kirkland.
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.
Recent Projects Include:
The Art Cart was developed as part of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission’s (KCAC) greater mission to enrich our community through dynamic art opportunities. The KCAC designed the Art Cart as an adaptable program, free to the public and targeting children ages 5-16 and their families. The cart will be facilitated by an Arts Commissioner or volunteers and provide flexible project ideas adaptable to outdoor and indoor spaces. The Art Cart provides hands-on-projects that include drawing/painting and writing with the objectives of having fun while doing something unique. Projects encourage observation of art and the natural environment.
Look for the Art Cart to be parked in a variety of outdoor Kirkland events this summer such as the Second Friday Kirkland Art Walk, the Wednesday and Friday Farmer’s Markets, Tuesday Kirkland Summer Kid’s Concerts and Summerfest in August.
Art Cart Information Sheet (PDF-582 kb)
The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission
selected creative duo Jake “DKoy” Wagoner and Mike Lucero to install a large format mural
located underneath the 85th street overpass. The project entitled “What is…” was created August 2 through the 16, 2017 and community members were invited to express their thoughts in response to prompts. The completed mural celebrates the CKC and wonderfully reflects Kirkland as a community.
The mural is made possible with funding from 4Culture
and was the Cultural Arts Commission’s first project in implementing the Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan
Art on the Cross Kirkland Corridor
Building off the CKC Master Plan
(completed in 2013), the Cultural Arts Commission has lead efforts to imagine how art in a variety of forms including performance, interactive, ephemeral and permanent, can be incorporated into the Corridor experience with the creation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan
(PDF-8 MB). Share your ideas about art on the Corridor by emailing email@example.com
. Stay updated on public participation opportunities by visiting the Cultural Arts Commission
page or signing up for the Kirkland Arts E-bulletin