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Join the Eastside Artist Roster

This roster is open to artists living and working in East King County (Bellevue, Bothell, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Woodinville) to use for craft, public art, music and performance opportunities. The roster will be used by the City of Bellevue as a resource for selected small public art projects (up to $30,000) geared towards emerging artists seeking to enter or establish themselves in the field of public art, curators working on future Bellwethers (Bellevue’s annual contemporary art event), and an outreach resource about other upcoming opportunities and events, including larger public art projects. 

  • The roster is now open, access it here.
  • There is no deadline to apply and the application will remain open indefinitely.
  • Artists can elect to have their information available for use by other Eastside Cities. 
  • Information can be modified or edited on a submitted application by contacting

For any questions or concerns, please contact Manette Stamm


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Arts and culture are the soul of the city. It can bring people together, build bridges to cultural understanding and provide and a sense of community identity and possibility.

The mission of Bellevue's Arts Program is to encourage and support the arts as a vital part of community life. We foster Bellevue’s cultural development through public art, grants to local artists and organizations and cultural planning. We collaborate with the Bellevue Arts Commission, community groups and various departments throughout the city and invite you to participate in our work.

Plans and Initiatives

From time to time, the city develops strategic plans to guide Bellevue's investment in arts and culture. Cultural Compass, our arts and culture master plan, was completed in 2004, and Creative Edge, our creative economy strategy, was completed in 2018.

The City of Bellevue seeks to create a thriving creative sector and provide support for arts and culture, as well as the strategic partnerships and opportunities to integrate and embed individual artists, cultural organizations, and creative firms as fixtures in Bellevue’s economy and civic life.

Creative Edge Bellevue explored how the arts, culture, and creative sectors contribute to Bellevue’s community and economy. The final report found that our area's "creative edge" lies at the intersection of arts and culture, creative learning, and technology. A detailed strategy to capitalize on these strengths was presented to City Council in June.

Final Documents

Art will be an important element to the Grand Connection, a pedestrian corridor to connect Meydenbauer Bay with the Wilburton area through downtown.

The project will create new opportunities to activate public space and exhibit Bellevue's wealth of creativity, art and culture. Arts and culture are featured in chapter 6 of the 
Grand Connection plan.

Adopted in 2004, Bellevue's cultural plan, Cultural Compass: A Strategic Vision for the Arts & Culture, is designed to provide you with a road map for how you can help turn Bellevue into a cultural destination. The plan provides direction in the areas that impact cultural vitality, including:

  • cultural organizations and artists
  • cultural economic and business development
  • cultural diversity
  • cultural education
  • cultural facilities
  • public art
  • cultural resources
  • administrative infrastructure at the city

We hope you find it useful as you plan your programs and cultural investments.