Actions and Detail Panel
Why Does Art Matter?
Wed, April 12, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
What role does art play in society and how does it shape us? Please join Councilmember Lisa Herbold, KUOW and the Office of Arts & Culture as we explore art in today’s world. A panel moderated by KUOW’s Marcie Sillman will discuss the role of public investments in the arts and the health of our community, and the current landscape of dedicated arts funding. Panelists are comprised of Olisa Enrico-Johnson, Mentor Artist, Creative Justice at 4Culture; James Miles, Executive Director of Arts Corps; Vivian Phillips, Seattle Arts Commission; Audrey
Querns, Seattle Public Schools; and Simon Woods, SeattleSymphony. Break-out sessions after the panel will focus on diving more deeply into specific issues and action steps.
Now more than ever, the arts play an important role in defining our identity and leading the way for racial equity. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are vital for our community’s well-being. The President’s proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for these agencies, and brings up questions about how to continue this important work, as well as the larger question of what the elimination of government-sponsored cultural agencies communicates to Americans and the rest of the world.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Discussion from 6-8 p.m.
Accessibility is a top priority for the Office of Arts & Culture; please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-7372 with specific accessibility needs.
Image: Carmina Burana photographed by Tino Tran