Balancing Private Partnerships With Public Access

Many thanks to those who participated, served on the panel and sponsored this event!

In 2010, Allied Arts held a compelling discussion in the launch of the The Public Square Salon series. We were inspired by the Salon movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s where folks gathered to share ideas, concepts and debate the news of the day.Today, we exchange most of our news and ideas by channeling our online experience. Through the Public Square Salons, hopefully folks will be inspired to share their views on a variety of topics which may lead to further civic action. This Salon will also serve to further acquaint folks with The Public Square, which opens the door for Allied Arts to engage in broader discussions around place making in Seattle and throughout the Northwest Region.

The Seattle Center has enriched the lives of millions of visitors over the years. There is no question that improvements are long overdue. At our recent board meeting, we learned more about the proposed plan to use 1.6 acres of the Fun Forest to establish the Chihuly Exhibition, which inspired us to launch the Salon Series with this topic on May 18th.

The Center has a history of demonstrating how public funding can also be the catalyst that spurs private investment – and how private investment can support public programs. What are the ‘good choices’ for private development partnerships? Will this result be viewed as creative, constructive or controversial?

Jeff Pelletier, Chair of The Public Square, Seattle Chapter kicked off the event.

City Council Member Sally Bagshaw, Chair of Parks & Seattle Center Committee, have been invited to discuss
this issue with the group.

The Event was Hosted By: GGLO

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