Islanders know how the arts enhance quality of life.
There are a number of arts organizations on the Island, not only for those who do art, but also for those who appreciate it.
- The Mercer Island Arts Council is an advisory board to the City Council whose mission is to nurture, promote and support high-quality cultural activities for the community. The Arts Council oversees the I-90 Outdoor Art Gallery and administers public art. Its most popular program is the Mostly Music in the Park series of free summer concerts that attract thousands of visitors. They also sponsor Shakespeare in the Park and summertime outdoor movies.
- The Mercer Island Visual Arts League promotes and encourages the visual arts of its members and the community. Its members show their work throughout the year in local businesses and in the MIVAL Art Gallery in the Town Center.
- The Mercer Island Sister City Association promotes student, cultural and other exchanges with Mercer Island’s sister city, Thonon les Bains, a beautiful city on the south shore of Lake Geneva in the Haute Savoie region of France.
- The Mercer Island Library is part of the King County Library System. It offers special events and activities for everyone from toddlers to adults.