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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Cultural district forum announced for November 18

11/1/2013  10:00:00 AM

Cultural district forum announced for November 18
Includes local presentations, keynote and "Large Foam Check Challenge"

SEATTLE — As part of an expanded scope in the area of cultural space, the Office of Arts & Culture is announcing a one-day forum on cultural districts called Square Feet 2013 on Monday, November 18. The event, which is presented in partnership with 4Culture, will examine issues confronting the creation and support of cultural space and cultural districts in Seattle. Property developers, owners, funders, artists, arts organizations, and neighborhood and community organizers are invited to discuss the future of cultural development in under-utilized areas of the city, in areas undergoing rapid change, and in our city’s already dense areas of cultural activity. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve your space to any of the three sessions, email Matthew Richter, cultural space liaison at or call (206) 733-9955.

The first session begins at Hugo House, with rapid-fire presentations from 25 artists, developers, and organizations currently working through space issues. Presentations will highlight space needs, problems and solutions. Next, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, America's leading authority on creative placemaking efforts and the author of the NEA's Creative Placemaking whitepaper, will present a keynote address at Northwest Film Forum. Finally, Velocity Dance Center will host the Large Foam Check Challenge, in which attendees will be charged with determining the tool most in need, and will brainstorm an idea that our office will fund at the end of the day.

A Seattle cultural district would be an officially recognized area of concentrated cultural activity, where the city could apply an array of tools to support the area, such as zoning incentives, regulatory exemptions, right-of-way improvements, tax abatements, direct marketing support, asset preservation, and procedural streamlining.

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work. We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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