FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Erika Lindsay, Arts & Culture, 206.684.4337
Calandra Childers, Arts & Culture, 206.684.7306
ARTSaboard: First Public Meeting for King Street Station,
Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Doors open at 5 p.m., Public invited to share ideas to create
cultural hub at King Street Station
SEATTLE (April 25, 2016) – Seattle is transforming the upper floors of King Street Station into a cultural hub. To create a dynamic and vibrant space that meets the community’s needs, the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is inviting the public to a working meeting on Tuesday, May 10 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. where participants will be encouraged to explore the space and share their ideas for the future of King Street Station. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Guests can register here.
May 10 kicks off ARTS’ public engagement plan to visualize how the city can begin to transform the upper floors of King Street Station into a cultural hub. Beginning with the first meeting in May there will be a six-month series of focus groups and public meetings which will culminate in a plan that will identify the greatest needs of the Seattle cultural community, using a race and social justice lens.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Office of Economic Development and Seattle Department of Transportation will create permanent cultural space at King Street Station with a phased opening in 2017 and 2018. For updates and information about future meetings, visit http://www.seattle.gov/arts/king-street-station.
Following the public conversations, ARTS will draft a King Street Station Cultural Plan and present findings and recommendations to the public next year. Funded through an increased admissions tax allocation supported by both Mayor Murray and City Council, the new cultural space will open in phases beginning in mid-2017. The increase in admissions tax allocation also preserves the city’s cultural funding and public art programs, so there will be no cuts to existing ARTS office resources and programs.
Photo Credit: Third floor courtesy of SDOT.
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Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle The Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at seattle.gov/arts