Thanks to an expanded partnership of organizations dedicated to supporting local voices, putting art in everyday life, and the public transportation experience even better, Poetry on Buses is back, and now region-wide. Poetry on Buses is managed by 4Culture and the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture using both transit- and water-related Percent-for-Art Dollars and Equity Initiative funds allocated for the commissioning and management of art in public space. The program is also supported by from generous in-kind contributions.
4Culture is the cultural funding agency for King County, supporting the many projects, individuals, and organizations that work to make our region vibrant. Public Art 4Culture, which heads up our Poetry on Buses efforts, commissions contemporary artwork for shared public space. We ensure that King County buildings, infrastructure and public places – including transit! – feature the work and ideas of artists. The result: unique opportunities for public access to contemporary art of all types by a wide range of artists.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. Their staff oversees the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative. All work of the office is approached through a social justice lens and is informed by the city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, an effort to realize the vision of racial equity. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.
Sound Transit plans, builds and operates express bus, light rail and commuter train system serving the Puget Sound region including urban areas of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Overall system ridership in 2015 was 34.9 million boardings, but ridership numbers are expected to increase dramatically in 2016 with the new Link stations to the north at Capital Hill, University of Washington and Northgate and Angle Lake south of Sea-Tac Airport. Our buses and trains offer you fast, reliable service throughout the region. We’ll take you where you want to go!
King County Metro Transit is popular locally and admired nationwide for its innovative transit services, pioneering green practices, and visionary approach to meeting the transportation needs of the county’s growing population. In a service area of more than 2,000 square miles and 2 million residents, Metro provides 400,000 daily rides and takes 175,000 cars off the road each weekday, carrying nearly half of downtown Seattle’s workforce to and from their jobs.
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has been committed to protecting and improving water quality for more than 50 years. To our agency, success means clean water. It means honoring our legacy while keeping a promise to another generation that our beautiful environment will be there for them to enjoy.
WTD prevents water pollution by cleaning the wastewater produced from approximately 1.6 million people, including most urban areas of King County and parts of Snohomish and Pierce Counties. Our employees build and operate treatment facilities; enforce regulations that reduce harmful waste; reuse products of the treatment process; and educate the public on ways to protect our water resources.
King County’s Water and Land Resources Division (WRLD) protects health, our unique environment and water quality. We preserve open space, restore habitat, support salmon recovery, control noxious weeds, offer hazardous waste disposal, and provide river and floodplain services on county rivers. We work on stormwater solutions, environmental monitoring, data analysis and habitat projects. We connect economic and technical services for forestry and agriculture with rural audiences. We could not do this without residents and businesses helping safeguard natural resources – to enjoy today and for generations to come.
Seattle Public Utilities provides essential services. We deliver pure mountain drinking water, recycling and composting that lead the nation, and sewer and drainage systems to protect our local waterways. These services safeguard your health and our shared environment, and help keep Seattle the best place to live.