The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) seeks a visionary advocate to serve as our Program Manager for Public Art who can lead the City’s program to inspire, provoke and enhance the experience of living and working in Seattle. The Program Manager for Public Art oversees the City’s investments in generative artmaking in the public realm and serves as a local and national advocate and spokesperson for the field. The nearly 50-year-old program invests an approximately $3.5M budget in 40+ temporary, permanent and experiential artworks and installations annually throughout the City, and oversees several rotating galleries, 400 permanent artworks and 4,000 rotating portable works with a strong programmatic focus on racial equity and social justice. Current projects range from murals to documentary photography and film to monumental permanent works to graphic novels to community engagement strategies; the program is regularly looking to push the boundaries of traditional public art practice.
ARTS manages the Seattle’s public art program, grants for arts and cultural organizations, The Creative Advantage arts education initiative, the Cultural Space program, and cultural facilities such as the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and ARTS at King Street Station to foster connections, amplify stories and build community. ARTS works to ensure access to programs and services, promote the values of the arts and culture in Seattle, and raise the visibility of the public benefit provided by the department. In alignment with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices and commit to anti-racist work practices that center on the creativity and leadership of people of color to move forward systems that benefits all.
The Program Manager for Public Art is responsible for the management, development, and direction of the Public Art Program. The selected candidate will join a nationally recognized arts office with programs focusing on grant-making, arts education, cultural space, and racial equity, in addition to the public art program.