Seattle Arts Newsletter, 1977-2002

Overview of the Collection

Seattle Arts Commission (1971-2002)
Seattle Arts Newsletter
1977-2002 (inclusive)
0.6 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Newsletter published by the Seattle Arts Commission.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1971, a city ordinance established the Seattle Arts Commission (SAC) to promote development of and public interest in the arts, as well as to advise the city on cultural and artistic development. The fifteen-member body replaced a predecessor agency, the Municipal Arts Commission, and staff support was originally provided by the Seattle Center. The Commission was given cabinet-level status in the city government in 1976.

In 2002, a reorganization abolished the existing SAC, created a new Seattle Arts Commission made up of volunteers and a new city Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (OACA), and divided the functions of the old SAC between the two new organizations. The current commission is comprised of 16 citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council. OACA was brought into the Executive Department in 2013 and its name was changed to the Office of Arts and Culture.

The department supports arts groups, community festivals, and neighborhood arts councils; funds and promotes public art, and promotes Seattle as a cultural destination. It also oversees the One Percent for Art program (one of the nation’s first), where one percent of Seattle’s capital improvement project funds are reserved for public art. Since the program began in 1973, it has acquired nearly 3,000 artworks.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Newsletter published by the Seattle Arts Commission. Issues include updates on arts projects in the city, articles about local artists, announcements of awards and opportunities to apply for arts funding, minutes of the commission, calendars of SAC-sponsored events, and classified ads.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Arts Newsletter, Record Series 7400-0. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Arts--Washington (State)--Seattle

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)