Drafted by the Arts Commission and a citizens steering committee, and adopted by City Council in 2004, "Cultural Compass: A Strategic Vision for the Arts & Culture" represents Bellevue's first comprehensive arts plan in 30 years. This document informs and encompasses all of the Arts Commission’s programs. Over 250 people participated in the process to develop the Cultural Compass. It's time to update the plan.
UPDATE: MAY 2016
How should the arts in Bellevue look in 10 to 20 years? And what will it take to get them there?
The Arts Commission is updating the city’s strategic vision and core initiatives for art and culture and is accepting public comment on this updated draft.
Draft Vision Statement
- Arts and culture are visible and integral to the Bellevue experience.
- Diversity is celebrated.
- Creativity is nurtured everywhere.
- Innovation is encouraged.
- Cultural experiences are accessible.
- The creative community is instrumental in shaping Bellevue’s future.
Draft Core Initiatives
Cultural Arts Fund: Building a World-Class City through the Arts
The City of Bellevue is committed to building the capacity of the arts and cultural community to keep pace with the city’s rapid economic and population growth over the coming decades. Part of the city’s role is to encourage and facilitate greater communication and collaboration among artists, performance venues, art organizations, city departments and the burgeoning business community. The forging of partnerships and the sharing of resources among these entities enables more innovative public programming throughout the city. These cooperative marketing initiatives raise visibility and promote more community awareness and access to local arts and culture.
Cultural Space: Developing Cultural Facilities to Create a Home for the Arts
Consideration of arts and culture in Bellevue is pushing more boldly into the core of city planning and decision making. In light of the city’s rapid growth, real estate pressures present challenges for the arts community in finding affordable space for housing, studios and performance venues. The city supports these efforts with policy initiatives and incentives that encourage the creation of affordable space in new residential and industrial development. A central performing arts center downtown is a key component in this plan to expand the range of cultural facilities available to accommodate more nationally known artists and productions.
Cultural Districts in BelRed, Crossroads and Downtown
Bellevue is the heart of the Eastside and a regional destination for cultural tourism. The city’s three major cultural centers include the BelRed arts district, Crossroads international district and the Downtown Art Walk and Entertainment Street. These districts each have distinct cultural attributes that reflect a unique identity and neighborhood history. Economic and business development also continues to grow and is expanding to previously undeveloped areas of the city. Cultural activities throughout Bellevue are thus complemented by thriving commercial sectors that offer a myriad of shopping and dining options to both the visitor and tourist.
Public Art: Filling the City with Creativity and Innovation
Bellevue celebrates the diversity and character of its neighborhoods through a broad range of public art projects that serve to preserve and enhance the neighborhoods’ identity. The artistic enrichment of public space is an important tool to create strong connections between people and the built environment around them.
Public art is also the most visible sign of the city’s commitment to integrate art and culture more thoroughly into the daily fabric of commercial districts and neighborhoods throughout the city. Policies have been implemented that also integrate public art with the architectural, landscape and design of capital projects including the East Link light rail line. The combination of utility with aesthetics enables essential services to be provided to residents while enhancing sense of place.
Resident Input Wanted
The Arts welcomes input from residents about its draft vision and initiatives, and will offer multiple venues for you to share your thoughts, including the following:
How to give feedback:
In person: Bellevue Arts Commission meeting: 4:30pm on June 7th, 2016, at Bellevue City Hall.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellevuewashington/
By mail: Re: Arts Commission
City of Bellevue
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009