City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Capitol Hill and the Pike-Pine Corridor Named One of America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces for 2013
1/25/2013  10:00:00 AM

Capitol Hill and the Pike-Pine Corridor Named One of America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces for 2013

(Seattle, WA, January 23, 2013) A new report released earlier this month by ArtPlace identifies Capitol Hill and the Pike-Pine Corridor as one of America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces, communities that successfully combine the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods. This neighborhood ranked highly not only against local Seattle neighborhoods but also nationally, showing a combination of factors that place it in the top twelve in the country.

“Arts and culture are catalytic to shaping the communities we live in,” said Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs interim director Randy Engstrom. “It’s a great affirmation of the investments the city of Seattle has made to have ArtPlace recognize Capitol Hill as a neighborhood that is thriving not only culturally but also economically.”

ArtPlace is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating “creative placemaking”—putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. America’s Top ArtPlaces is a new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be.  The complete list is available for download at:

The other neighborhoods ranking among the Top Twelve ArtPlaces for 2013 (in alphabetical order, not ranked) are:

Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights

Dallas, TX  / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park

Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood

Miami Beach, FL / South Beach

Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side

New York, NY / Manhattan Valley

Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland, and Jack London Square

Philadelphia, PA / Old City

Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown

San Francisco, CA / The Mission District

Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle

ArtPlace’s selection of the top twelve neighborhoods was based on a set of six indicators identified by Impresa Inc., a Portland-based consulting firm specializing in the study of metropolitan economies. Four indicators measure ingredients of vibrancy: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood. Two arts-related indicators were also used: the number of arts-related non-profits and the number of arts-related businesses.  Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income did not skew the results.

“The results are twelve exciting, and sometimes surprising, neighborhoods,” said Ms. Coletta. “They are all unique, all deeply local, and all have art at their heart.”

About ArtPlace

ArtPlace is an initiative of national and regional foundations and major banks to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. ArtPlace provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace has awarded 80 grants totaling $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 U.S. communities.

Foundations participating in ArtPlace include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six

major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley.

ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

ArtPlace is currently developing measures specific to smaller metropolitan areas and will release America’s Top Small Town ArtPlaces later this year.

For more information about ArtPlace, visit