Cultural Space Inventory
Cultural Space Inventory

SpaceLab NW

In 2013 the Office of Arts & Culture's Cultural Space program began an ongoing project to catalogue cultural space in Seattle. Our goal is count every square foot of every theater, gallery, artist studio, rehearsal room, bookstore, music club, museum, cinema, and other cultural space in the city.

The results of this ongoing inventory are the backbone of the SpaceLab NW, a new interactive mapping tool you can access here.

You can also access the raw data that has been collected for the project through the city's open data portal. Click here to see the results as a spreadsheet you can download, manipulate, and share.

Want to be included? To take part in the SpaceLab Inventory project as a cultural space, click one of the buttons below.

Looking for some quick Fun Facts?

  • To date we've counted over 11 million square feet of cultural space in Seattle
    • 66,621 theater seats
    • Over 600,000 square feet of art galleries
  • There are more Visual Arts organizations in Seattle than any other discipline
  • Over 75% of Seattle's cultural spaces are in buildings that are 50 years old or older
  • Renters outnumber owners, but not by as much as you might think - 2.4 renters to every owner
  • Less than half of the total cultural spaces we've identified in Seattle have taken our survey (meaning that any of the trends we've identified could, conceivably, be reversed!)

Want to help your neighborhood be better represented in the SpaceLab NW? Take a look at this Best Practices sheet, and contact our office about helping recruit cultural spaces into the project. 

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Matthew Richter
Cultural Space Liaison
Matthew Richter

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Want to be included? To take part in the SpaceLab Inventory project as a cultural space, click one of the buttons above (whether you’re filling out the survey for the first time, or updating an existing entry, it’s the same link).

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