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. 

Information
Matthew Richter
Cultural Space Liaison
Matthew Richter
Go To The SpaceLab
Launch SpaceLab NW <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
SpaceLab NW, a new interactive mapping tool, visualizes the results of our 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.
Open Data Portal
Open Data Portal <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The raw data that has been collected for the project to catalogue cultural space in Seattle. Click here to see the results as a spreadsheet you can download, manipulate, and share.
Want to be included?

Organization

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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).

Have/Need Rental Space
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Built in 1915, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute is an historic landmark and the perfect venue for your special event. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca, and formerly the Jewish Synagogue of Chevra Biku Cholim, the building became a community center and part of the City of Seattle’s facilities in 1972. It underwent extensive renovations in 2011 to preserve its architectural character and update the facilities.
Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.
Square Feet Seattle 2017
Square Feet: Buy, Buy, Buy! addresses cultural space ownership as a strategy to combat the growing affordability crisis in Seattle. Monday, October 16, 2017, 3 – 8 p.m., King Street Station
King Street Station

King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station
Seattle is transforming King Street Station into a hub for arts and culture. In a unique collaboration between the Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and the Office of Economic Development, the City will create a dynamic space for arts and culture in the heart of the city.
Professional Development
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.
Support for facilities projects
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.

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