Cultural Spaces

Our cultural spaces define the social character of our neighborhoods. They are the bricks-and-mortar portals to the creative vibrancy our city has to offer. Our office's Cultural Space program exists to create, activate and preserve cultural square footage in the city of Seattle; to work with artists and arts organizations to strengthen their role in charting the future of their creative spaces, and to work with developers and builders to incorporate arts and culture into new projects.

Spacefinder Seattle

Spacefinder Seattle is designed to connect artists and artspaces online. Spacefinder Seattle allows artists to search the database by dozens of variables, including price and availability. There are no fees associated with using the site. It is envisioned as a tool to connect artists and arts organizations to available spaces for development, rehearsal, or presentation of their work, and encourage the regional artspace marketplace.

The site's database includes presentation spaces, such as theaters, galleries, cinemas, and museums, and the relatively invisible artists' creative spaces, such as studios, rehearsal rooms, and offices. There are event spaces, meetings spaces, and even raw retail and warehouse spaces for lease. The site is features more than 350 spaces, and continues to grow.

King Street Station

Cultural Space
Exterior of King Street Station; Photo by Ben Benschnieder

ARTS, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is creating a permanent cultural space on the third floor of King Street Station. ARTS engaged in an inclusive, city-wide outreach effort in order to hear from the community about their needs. ARTS’ intention with the new space is to increase opportunities for communities of color to present their work. The dedicated cultural space will provide public access to presentation and creative spaces, ARTS staff and resources, space for city convenings, and professional development and other services that were requested through the outreach process. This innovative plan utilizes an underused city resource to address issues of affordability and livability while preserving the unique creative economy that drives Seattle.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Image

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is an integral part of the African American community and may be rented for events and community programs. LHPAI partners with the new non-profit LANGSTON and continues to be a center for African American arts and culture in Seattle. It is also home to the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and The Historic Central Area Arts and Cultural District.

SpaceLab NW

Explore the breadth and depth of Seattle’s cultural world and its impact on our region. With this map you can discover how more than 850 arts and cultural spaces are correlated with demographic analysis; how 11 million square feet of cultural space is connected to Seattle’s employment trends; and how more than 60,000 square feet of gallery space links to economic data. One city, one map.

Cultural Spaces Map

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