The Office of Arts & Culture Launches Spacefinder Seattle Website
In February 2015, Spacefinder Seattle, a new website designed to connect artists and artspaces was launched by the Office of Arts & Culture. Spacefinder Seattle is a database that will eventually include every rental space in the region that’s available to artists, and arts and cultural organizations. Spacefinder Seattle can be found online at www.SpacefinderSeattle.org.
Spacefinder’s database includes presentation spaces, such as theaters, galleries, cinemas and museums, and the relatively invisible artists’ creative spaces, such as studios, rehearsal rooms, and offices. Event spaces, meetings spaces and raw retail and warehouse spaces for lease will be included. The site is launching with approximately 200 spaces, and will grow over time. Spacefinder Seattle allows artists to search the database by dozens of variables, including price and availability. There are no fees associated with using the site, which is underwritten by the City’s Office of Arts & Culture. It is envisioned as a tool to connect artists and arts organizations to available spaces for development, rehearsal, or presentation of their work, and encourage the regional artspace marketplace.
The goal of the Office of Arts & Culture’s is to support, strengthen, and expand cultural square footage in the city of Seattle. To achieve this goal they work with artists and arts organizations to strengthen their role in charting the future of their creative spaces, work with developers and builders to incorporate arts and culture into new projects, and work with property owners to incentivize the preservation and expansion of arts and culture uses.