Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue, “Why Public Art? How Art Turns Spaces Into Places in Bellevue”
Joshua Heim is the arts program manager at the City of Bellevue, and was previously the cultural arts administrator for the City of Redmond. Before that, he spent 10 years in the heritage and museum field, starting his career at Kaho‘oilina, a scholarly journal in Honolulu, dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian language and supporting Hawaiian language immersion schools. He went on to work at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, where he developed community-based exhibitions and managed the award winning YouthCAN program, recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
Joshua serves on the King County 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee, a public arts funding agency, and on the board of directors of Cultural Access Washington, an arts advocacy organization. He has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joyce Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council.
Joshua is the co‑author of the Vault Guide to Nonprofits, an instructor in the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington Continuum College, and has taught tribal museum exhibitions and education at the Northwest Indian College. He has an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College.