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Drafted by the Bellevue 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.
To be a great arts city for YOU, what does Bellevue need?
We first asked the question in 2004. Based on your answers City Council and the Arts Commission set eight goals to help Bellevue grow into a great arts city for you, and a hub for arts and cultural activity for the Eastside. Ten years have passed, and it's time to ask again. To be a great arts city for you, what does Bellevue need? We'll talk about public art, how we support artists and arts groups, what kinds of places we need for people to make, practice and enjoy all kinds of arts, and how we encourage art that represents Bellevue in all its fascinating diversity.
A Little Background
The Cultural Compass has 8 goals that were developed in 2003-2004 through a community process. You can read the Cultural Compass by clicking here. Our limited update is focusing on 4 of the Plan's goals:
- Artists and Arts Organizations: Strengthen Bellevue's arts and cultural organizations and opportunities for artists, both professional and avocational;
- Cultural Diversity: Promote the arts and cultural traditions of Bellevue's increasingly diverse population to distinguish and enrich civic life;
- Cultural Facilities: Develop a mix of flexibly designed, quality visual and performing arts spaces to serve Bellevue and Eastside organizations, artists and residents; and
- Public Art: Strengthen and expand Bellevue's Public Art Program.
In April of 2014, we met with residents to discuss issues surrounding the four goals set to be updated. We plan on continuing these conversations in the future. We're interested in what you think about how our community can be a great hub of arts and cultural activity for the Eastside, and how we can make sure that you have access right here in Bellevue to the arts you love, as audience, artist, and as a life-long learner. We're interested in what you think about how the arts can make Bellevue a better place to live, work and play. We're thinking specifically about how to pursue these ideas over the next five years. What should the City do? What should others in the community do?
Contact staff at the phone number or email on the right if you'd like to find out more or if you're just interested in learning more about the arts in Bellevue. No experience required.