Downtown is the Heart of Renton & Boasts a Vibrant Arts Scene

Check out the latest art installations in Renton's Downtown!

Renton Downtown Arts

Renton's Downtown is home to a vibrant arts scene where you will find a growing collection of murals and sculptures by local Renton and Puget Sound artists. We showcase a diverse mix of public and private art installations found throughout Downtown and are constantly looking for new opportunities for future art installations. We work closely with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and other non-profit arts groups in order to help foster a vibrant arts scene in Renton's Downtown.


Check out some of the art and culture organizations and programs currently operating in Renton. 

IKEA Performing Arts Center

The Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center is a venue for student theatrical training, a home for local and regional artists, and is dedicated to providing outstanding cultural programming for the community. 


The Center opened in 2003 on the Renton High School campus. The facility includes a 540 seat theatre, a wrap-around lobby, spacious dressing rooms, a 35 foot fly space, restrooms, and on-site parking. It plays host to numerous art, theater and music events, and is available for rental throughout the year.

Galvanizing Art Projects Program

The GAP Program is an innovative method of funding locally made public art with limited resources and great results. The projects are transforming empty and meaningless spaces into focal points and engaging artists of all ages and skills.  It celebrates the diversity of the city and offers opportunities for all, regardless of economics, education, age, gender or ethnic origin.


The GAP program received the 2017 Governor's Smart Communities Award for its role in promoting smart growth planning and recognizing the program's ability to promote a thriving community.

Renton Municipal Arts Commission

The Commission strives to support and connect people with arts and culture endeavors in the Renton community. On August 9, 1965, the City of Renton the charged the Commission with advising on the artistic and cultural development of Renton.


 The Renton Municipal Arts Commission provides financial support for artists and organizations to initiate, organize, and promote arts and education to benefit the citizens of Renton.  

Renton History Museum

Located in an historic Art Deco firehouse, the Renton History Museum offers changing exhibits, programs, publications, and events to share Renton’s stories, past and present. The Museum is situated in historic downtown Renton and is surrounded by local shops and restaurants, offers free parking, and is close to the library and Liberty Park.  


The Museum Gallery and Gift Shop are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. 

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