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Midtown Square

Seattle, Washington

  • Community Art Plans
  • Mixed-Use
  • Multifamily
  • West Coast
  • Community Art Plan
  • Lake Union Partners, Arté Noir
  • Arté Noir will uplift and celebrate Black art, artists, and culture in a historically redlined district where many Black creatives have been displaced.

  • Our team supported fundraising and business plans for Arté Noir’s permanent exhibition and gallery space at Midtown Square, located at 23rd and Union in Seattle’s Central District.

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The Story

NINE dot ARTS collaborated with the developer Lake Union Partners, DLR Group’s Principal and Civic Design Leader Rico Quirindongo, and longtime arts advocate Vivian Phillips to create an operating plan that would help establish a permanent home for Arté Noir in Seattle’s Midtown Square. We performed a comprehensive assessment of art and cultural organizations, activities, and events in Seattle’s Central District that could support Arté Noir’s growth. We also studied best practices in nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizing strategies and translated this research into guidance for Arté Noir’s fundraising and business operations.

With the support of project stakeholders and several philanthropists, our team helped create a plan for Arté Noir’s permanent retail and exhibition space in Midtown Square, the heart of Seattle’s Central District. Historically a redlined district where many Black creatives were displaced, this project aims to create strategies for multigenerational wealth via a property ownership for Arté Noir. 

The space will serve as a rent-free exhibition gallery for Black artists, who will receive 100% of the proceeds of all art sales. With vibrant artworks surrounding the square and sharing the history of the district’s Black community, the project will serve as a national example of how public art can facilitate corporate-community partnerships, cultural leadership, reparative equity, and economic development.

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