What Can A Creative District Bring to Burien?

The Burien Creative District Planning Committee – working with  the Southside Seattle Chamber of Commerce – is developing  an initiative to establish a Creative District in Burien. 

The Committee is gathering information and ideas and is reaching out to gather wider participation.  Learn more at a community Zoom meeting on Monday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Committee recognizes the challenges faced by the community in this time, but looking forward to a recovery period and a new normal, a Creative District could be a tool to jumpstart the creative economy in Burien. 

“Arts and culture are vital ingredients for making Burien a vibrant place to live and work,” Co-Chair Virginia Wright said. ”At a high level, Creative Districts are clearly identified areas of a city that contain a high concentration of cultural facilities and programs, acting as a visible and attractive element in a city.” 

“Creative Districts help strengthen the local economy by establishing an enhanced sense of place focused on cultural capacity,” Co-Chair – Andrew McMasters added. “Through an inclusive planning process they can ensure a celebration of diversity, building equity and accessibility in the city, and deepening community bonds.”

An online community Zoom meeting has been scheduled for Sept. 21, 2020 to provide more detail on what a Creative District is, and let people know how they can get involved. The meeting will feature a presentation by Annette Roth, the director of the ArtsWA Certified Creative District Program. She will answer questions about Creative Districts and the process of planning one. She will also illustrate why a Creative District is a good idea at this time. The Committee is not asking for a commitment of time or effort beyond the meeting itself. Anyone with an interest in learning more about bringing this exciting change to Burien is invited to attend.

For additional information on Creative Districts, read this article in the Seattle Times, and read about how the City of Edmonds implemented their Creative District.

The meeting will be held on
Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Click on this link to sign up, send the Committee feedback, or sign up to stay in the loop. The Zoom meeting log in information will be sent after an individual has registered.

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