The Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition makes its impacts through advocacy, relationship building, and research.

We strengthen and support an important network of people—artists and arts professionals, cultural organizations, businesses, neighborhood residents, civic leaders and policymakers—all working to increase the participation in and evolution of arts and culture in the Uptown neighborhood and across Seattle.

While serving more than forty-five arts and cultural organizations, we also serve every Uptown resident, Seattleite, arts patron, and tourist by working diligently to bring the arts to all people.

2018 Priorities & Projects


Relationship Building

The UACC will engage arts and cultural organizations, residents and businesses throughout the Uptown community, such that theUACC becomes known as a vital resource for arts advocacy and networking.

The UACC continues to advocate for affordable housing for cultural workers in Uptown, and to lead an impact study of Uptown’s creative economy.



The UACC continues to evolve its digital infrastructure to facilitate collaboration and visibility.


Identity & Brand

The UACC is launching a community building identity and branding project that will capture and distill the values, beliefs, and desires of Uptown into visual forms that become points of connection and perception for those who live, visit or create in Uptown.

2017 accomplishments


Cultural District Formation

Community Vision & Design Meetings at On the Boards

Formed Board of Directors & Executive Committee

Cultural District designation awarded by the Office of Arts & Culture

Shunpike became UACC’s fiscal sponsor


Advocacy and Activism

Provided feedback to the City for scoping the Seattle Center Arena EIS

Provided feedback to the Seattle City Council regarding the Seattle Center Arena MOU

Participated in the Office of Arts and Culture’s “Square Feet Seattle” workshop focused on making and preserving affordable workspaces for Seattle artists

Met with Office of Arts and Culture & Office of Housing to advocate for new policy opportunities for affordable housing for artists and arts/cultural workers in Uptown

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UACC Events

August 1, 2017: Night Out Seattle with music & activities at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Ceremonial bill signing for uptown rezone & Cultural District designation

Uptown Rezone celebration at Queen Anne Beer Hall

October 28, 2017: Design Open House for Seattle Center Arena, presented by Oak View Group in partnership with UACC and others

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Partner organization events

Storefronts UN[contained], produced by CoCA and barrientos RYAN

Grand opening of renamed Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center