12th Avenue Arts wins prestigious ArtPlace America grant

We are thrilled to announce that Capitol Hill Housing has received a $150,000 grant from ArtPlace America for 12th Avenue Arts. Our project was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

“12th Avenue Arts shows the arts working as both placemaking and economic development. Arts, community space, affordable apartments and the Police department under one roof – 12th Avenue Arts is a project unique in the nation. Capitol Hill Housing is thrilled to have been selected by ArtPlace America for this grant.”
–Christopher Persons, CEO, Capitol Hill Housing

12th Avenue Arts will bring new life to an underutilized lot in an up-and-coming commercial corridor. The Pike/Pine area was named one of America’s Top ArtPlaces earlier this year for successfully combining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make a vibrant neighborhood.

“I thank ArtPlace America for recognizing and supporting the exceptional work that Capitol Hill Housing is doing on the 12th Avenue Arts project. This community development will bring together artists, diverse residents and businesses in one of our city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It is projects like this that make Seattle a special place.”
–Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking – putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. With this round of grants, in total ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants to 124 organizations in 79 communities for a total of $42.1 million.

In conjunction with the award, Capitol Hill Housing received a proclamation from Mayor McGinn declaring today “Capitol Hill Housing Day!

Artist and resident Andi Dean

Photographer Andi Dean is one of the many artists who call a Capitol Hill Housing apartment home.

Andi currently specializes in food photography. She recently graduated from Seattle Central Creative Academy, successfully completing their intensive photography program. She has created stunning photos for local food purveyors as well as for her own portfolio.

At her portfolio show, Andi expressed gratitude at the opportunity to live in an affordable home, which she says has helped enable her to pursue her craft.

“Living here is a big part of what has made this possible.”
-Andi Dean

See more of Andi’s work at her website: andidean.com.

Building a home for theater at 12th Avenue Arts

Capitol Hill Housing is pleased to partner with three well respected local theater companies to operate two new performance venues at 12th Avenue Arts – New Century Theatre Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Washington Ensemble Theatre.

This partnership will enable three growing companies to continue producing highly acclaimed theater in a permanently affordable space. These innovative groups will bring renewed creativity and vibrancy to Capitol Hill. Ensuring a strong presence for the arts is an important part of community development and we are excited to be able to make this dream a reality.

“Smaller professional theater companies are generating new work, but often need to move from venue to venue, without a permanent home… 12th Avenue Arts is an amazing opportunity.”
-Greg Carter, Strawberry Theatre Workshop

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