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 5 to 7 p.m., Kirkland City Hall. You are welcome to share your art ideas with it by attending the meeting or emailing email@example.com.
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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 cart will be facilitated by an Arts Commissioner or volunteers and provides hands-on-projects that include drawing/painting and writing with the objectives of having fun while doing something unique. Art Cart One Sheet (PDF-419 kb)
Park Lane Sculpture Gallery
In coordination with the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (PDF), the Kirkland Arts Center presents “Pareidolia People” a community art exhibit (PDF) that features six sculptures by Ed McCarthy on Park Lane. Pareidolia People: Sculptural Installation On Park Lane
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 and presented to Council on April 17, 2018 (PDF-4.8 MB).
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. CKC Mural One Sheet (PDF-444 kb)
Merrily Dicks’ ‘Spikes’ Sculpture
Kirkland artist Merrily Dicks built this historic sculpture on the Cross Kirkland Corridor in 2017 using old railroad spikes she found along the corridor. Spikes One Sheet (PDF-545 kb)
Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan
Building off the CKC Master Plan (PDF-71 MB) 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). CKC Art Integration Plan One Sheet (PDF-415 kb)
Neighborhood Greenways Project
Kirkland City staff developed a workbook entitled ‘Neighborhood Greenways’ filled with public art concepts in order to inspire Kirkland neighborhood residents to beautify their local greenways with art. Kirkland’s public works department will work with neighborhood residents to bring projects from conception to installation. Neighborhood Greenways One Sheet (PDF-419 kb)