Councilmember Licata left office on January 1, 2016.
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Arts Districts for Seattle

August 11th, 2014

Might your neighborhood qualify as an arts district?


An Arts District for Capitol Hill?

May 12th, 2014

On May 20, 2014, Capitol Hill Housing hosts a forum on establishing the City’s first official arts district.


12th Ave Arts Today. Arts Districts Tomorrow?

February 25th, 2013

It’s about time that Capitol Hill, one of our “cultural generator” neighborhoods, be designated Seattle’s first official arts district.


Seattle’s Best and Getting Even Better

January 22nd, 2013

The year has barely begun and already Seattle’s Pike-Pine district has been desinated one of twelve top places for art in the U.S. for 2013.


Urban Politics #261: Poet Populist & Saving Art in Neighborhoods

September 25th, 2008

Last year, I attended an extraordinary meeting at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC – recently replaced by Velocity Dance) on the issue of lost arts space on Capitol Hill. The event that triggered the meeting was the sale of a long-time arts bastion there, Odd Fellows Hall, which resulted in many arts and cultural groups losing the inexpensive space that had kept them active, some for decades. Over 200 people jammed into CHAC that night to voice concern and outrage. I later invited the organizers of that CHAC meeting to suggest a remedy. They proposed an arts overlay district. Thus, CODAC was formed by me and Councilmember Sally Clark.


Urban Politics #252: Cultural Overlay Districts & Eco April 2008

March 27th, 2008

On Wednesday, April 2nd, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the first floor at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, I am sponsoring a public forum titled: ‘Make Room for Art: Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle.’ It will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. I will be joined by co-sponsoring Councilmembers Sally Clark, Jean Godden, Bruce Harrell, and Tom Rasmussen.

This forum will be a follow-up to the January 16th Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce sponsored discussion I participated in titled “Is There Still Room For Culture & Entertainment On Capitol Hill?” That event, held at the Capitol Hill Arts Center, drew a large and determined audience of artists, business owners, developers, and residents.