Snohomish County supports a vibrant arts, culture, and historic preservation program of work that contributes to community and economic development. The Office of Economic Development works to promote arts and culture offerings available within the county; pursue policy and programming that supports the arts; promote preservation of the county’s historic resources; and strengthen the role of historic preservation in local planning and community revitalization.
Arts and Culture
In Snohomish County, we are proud of our arts and heritage identity. We believe in fostering these cultural characteristics because it contributes to a healthy and vibrant place and enhances economic development.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages two volunteer appointed commissions that collectively advocate for cultural offerings. These commissions advise on policy and programming that benefits and strengthens County communities and contributes to neighborhood revitalization.
Snohomish County Arts Commission: The seven-member board and their alternates meet monthly to develop and create programming that cultivates and enhances a vibrant community by connecting citizens with a range of cultural opportunities to celebrate, appreciate and participate in the diverse arts and culture of the county. The Arts Commission provides an on-line resource connecting the public to local artists and arts organizations, a calendar of events and artist job postings. They recommend and manage annual programs including the popular Music on the Plaza summer concert series and a robust public art program.
Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission: The Historic Preservation Commission is an advisory board that serves as the design review for special tax valuation, a state tax incentive for rehabilitation of historic properties. This nine-member board also coordinates a yearly grant program to assist in the collection, preservation and interpretation of the county’s heritage by offering matching grant funds to historic organizations and develops interpretive programming to connect citizens with local history.
History and Historic Preservation
Centennial Trail History Walk: The official Snohomish County Centennial Trail website presents information on the rich history of this 29-mile former rail line connecting communities from the City of Snohomish to north of Bryant.
Centennial Farms: Information on Snohomish County’s Centennial Farms program, which honors farms that have been in constant production and under the same family ownership for 100 years or more.