Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
In 2011, a quartet of neighbors and colleagues created Art Lives Here, a collaborative
initiative that would saturate the Gateway Arts District with temporary arts programming to increase visibility for working artists, spur economic development, and affirm the community’s funky and diverse local cultures. Using a mix of short- and long-term strategies and working in phases, the initiative is designed to support existing small businesses, attract commercial in-fill, prepare for the next round of commercial development, and further strengthen our diverse and streetwise creative communities.
In 2012, Joe’s Movement Emporium received a $50,000 pilot grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to complete phase one of Art Lives Here. In 2013, the initiative was granted $240,000 from ArtPlace America for phase two. With continued support from the NEA to Gateway Community Development Corporation for phase three, Art Lives Here launched a creative industries incubator at the Mount Rainier Artists Lofts.