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City of Renton wins sixth consecutive Governor’s Smart Communities Award

August 15, 2017

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Chip Vincent, Community & Economic Development Administrator, 425-430-6588
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Galvanizing Art Projects program turns unused spaces into eye-catching works of art

RENTON, WA - The City of Renton’s Galvanizing Art Projects program (GAP), an innovative method of creating locally made public art, has been awarded a 2017 Governor’s Smart Communities Award by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. This is the sixth year in a row Renton has earned a Smart Communities Award.


“This program has helped transform our community by turning unused spaces and walls into eye-catching works of art,” said Mayor Denis Law. “The program has also positioned Renton as a destination for artists, arts and culture.”

The program is administered by the Renton Municipal Arts Commission (RMAC), a citizen volunteer group, and received $10,000 from the city’s general fund. The RMAC directs local artists of all ages to create public art that reflects Renton’s heritage while aligning with both the city’s Arts & Culture Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan.

Some of the Galvanizing Art Projects funded by the RMAC include the Williams Avenue “Muybridge” project, a tribute to Renton’s horse racing past at Longacres, the art garden on the east entrance to the downtown post office, and the west side of the Cortona Building downtown.

The program helps celebrates Renton’s cultural diversity by weaving art into the fabric of the city and has also inspired community dialogue. The artwork has led to an increase in private investments, attracted tourists to the city, and expanded cultural experiences for Renton residents.

“We are fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of people serving on the Commission,” said Law.


The Governor’s Smart Communities Award
The Governor’s Smart Communities Award recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy and sustainable infrastructure in Washington State. The award has been given annually since 2006. Only nine Washington cities were honored in 2017. 

About the City of Renton
The City of Renton, Washington, with a population of 102,700 (2017), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton's strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are providing employees and their families an outstanding quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, the Seattle Seahawks, and the eternal resting place of Jimi Hendrix. More information can be found on our website, or Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages.