Yesterday, we published an article by David Strand about the new Capitol Hill Arts and Culture District, whose programs and initiatives are gradually being rolled out this year. One of the resources just launched last Thursday is the Spacefinder Seattle website. Spearheaded by Seattle’s Cultural Space Liaison Matthew Richter and supported by the Office of Arts & Culture, the new resource is a matchmaker between creatives and landlords. It allows the former to search for various spaces in the city to create, rehearse, perform and present. Venues can also use the site to market for future rentals, even if they are full at the moment.
From the website:
Spacefinder Seattle is a database of every rental space in the region (that we know of) that’s available to artists and arts & cultural organizations. It’s a way to discover spaces that might not already be on your radar, it’s a way to cross-pollinate art disciplines (maybe the most appropriate rehearsal space for your project is an artist’s studio?), and it’s a way to help grease the wheels of our regional artspace marketplace.
Listings are still being added, but at the writing of this article 139 throughout the city are listed. They include theatres, studios, meeting rooms and everything in between. Browsing the site is easy and clear, with price ranges listed, good photography and an interactive map. Just looking through listings for a few minutes did get me inspired about the options out there, and I think it will be helpful to a lot of artists who may not have been aware of these spaces or not known how to reach out to the owners. (Marketing these events is, of course, another task when you DIY, but fortunately there are resources out there, such as Shunpike, that can help artists acquire these skills, as well.)
It’s also reassuring to see that the Office of Arts and Culture is taking seriously the promise and possibilities of the Arts District designation, which in the case of Spacefinder is poised to serve creatives around Seattle, not just Capitol Hill—which is the ultimate goal, as the first Arts District will help the office refine policies before they are applied to future official Arts & Culture Districts in Seattle…and perhaps in cities around the country.