Cultural Space Seattle

Findings and Recommended Next Steps

 

At last December's Cultural Space Seattle forum, national and local cultural space leaders spoke about cultural space policy, funding and program models and current cultural space projects. Community members, including artists, government leaders, arts administrators, investors, and real estate developers, participated in workshops working towards strategies to advance an agenda for cultural space initiatives. Read the event's report with findings and recommended next steps.


The report and updates on the city's arts and cultural space initiatives were presented at a brown-bag session. Watch it on Seattle Channel.



Cultural Space Seattle public forum and workshop

 

The Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Arts Commission hosted Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event (Dec. 6 and 7, 2011) to help shape policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations to work, rehearse and perform in Seattle. National and local cultural space leaders discussed policy, funding and program models and current cultural space projects.

Nearly 150 people attended a public forum at Town Hall on Dec. 6, where artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates delivered the keynote address followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Watch the forum on Seattle Channel.

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The panel discussion, moderated by former Seattle Arts Commission Chair Randy Engstrom, featured Theaster; Jacqueline Gijssen, senior cultural planner, city of Vancouver, B.C.; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director, ArtSpace; and Susan Seifert, director, Social Impact of the Arts Project, University of Pennsylvania.

Following the evening forum, participants in workshops on Dec. 7 rolled up their sleeves and worked together toward a plan to advance an agenda for cultural space initiatives. The working sessions involved artists, government leaders, arts administrators, investors, real estate developers and brokers and interested citizens.