Renton Municipal Arts Commission

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission was formed by Resolution 1320, on August 9, 1965. Overseeing an annual budget, the Commission is charged with the responsibility of acting in an advisory capacity to city government in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the city.

The Commission strives to support and connect people with arts and culture endeavors in the Renton community.

Goals

  • Enrich and increase participation and awareness of the cultural and artist community
  • Serve as Renton’s source for arts information
  • Increase funding opportunities for arts and culture programs
  • Advocate for arts education at all levels
  • Advise the City on arts related projects and public art.

Stay Connected!
The Renton Municipal Arts Commission announces a new E-Newsletter to keep you informed and up-to-date with Public Art and Urban Enhancement projects. The newsletter will arrive once a month and it will be short, sweet, and to-the-point with useful tidbits.

You'll learn about:

• Upcoming projects and calls for artists
• New public artwork dedications
• Behind-the-scenes scoops on current projects
• Interesting and timely public art topics.

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Grant Program

We encourage innovative projects by artists and communities that fill in cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for under-served groups. The Arts Commission offers Special Project grants during three cycles within the year.  The deadlines to apply are:

March 10, 2019
July 10, 2019
November 10, 2019

Please review the Grant Guidelines package for full details on the Special Project Grants.

Download the application here.

Galvanizing Art Projects Program (GAP)

The City of Renton Galvanizing Art Projects Program is an innovative method of funding locally made public art with limited resources. The projects are transforming empty spaces into focal points and engaging artists of all ages and skills.  Administered by the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, the program is funded with $10,000 from the city’s general fund. The RMAC commissions 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.  Interested artists are encouraged to submit their project ideas through the GAP application process.  The deadline is rolling and projects will be considered as they are received.

 2019 GAP Application

Arts & Culture Master Plan

Recognizing the important role that the arts play in economic and community development, the City of Renton initiated a community effort to create a multi-year Arts and Culture Master Plan.  The over-arching goal of the plan was to develop and secure broad community ownership in a vision for the arts and culture in Renton.  The resulting plan succeeds in defining a vision for the arts created by the community and establishing community commitment to an achievable implementation strategy.

Arts & Culture Master Plan 

Arts & Cultural Registry

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission has developed an “Arts and Culture Registry.” If you wish to be notified of periodic Calls For Artists, Cultural Networking Events, or Public Art Opportunities, please download the form below and submit it to RMAC.

Arts & Culture Registry Form

Bravo Award

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission recognizes individuals who have made a difference in the arts and culture of Renton through the Bravo Award. 

Bravo Award nomination form

Commission Members (13)

  • Adrienne LaFaye 
  • Bill Huls, Vice Chair
  • Brianna Burroughs
  • David Samek
  • Evelyn Reingold 
  • Kaie Wise
  • Neil Sheesley, Chair
  • Marsha Rollinger 
  • Mary Clymer 
  • Susan Jessick

Meeting Minutes

Call for Artists

  • The City of Renton is soliciting Request for Proposals from qualified artist(s) or artist team(s) to design a creative public art mural for a new water tank in the Kennydale neighborhood. There is no specific theme for this mural, though artists are encouraged to incorporate the character and history of the surrounding environment and neighborhood into their mural design.

  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, April 15, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.

  • Call for Art Kennydale Reservoir Mural Design

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