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Multi-discipline: SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) Arts

SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) Arts

SEEDArts began in 1977 as a modest undertaking that recognized the role of the arts within a community and how the arts could be used to build cultural awareness and understanding. Over the years, the program has grown substantially and today serves as a model for visual and performing arts and arts education programs throughout the region. SEEDArts is Southeast Seattle’s leading, and in some disciplines, only provider of high quality, culturally relevant arts experiences for the area’s astoundingly diverse residents.

Between now and 2010, the Rainier Valley will be the nexus of tremendous change. From Seattle Housing Authority’s intensive redevelopment efforts to Sound Transit’s construction of light rail through the spine of the Valley and the consequent commercial investment in previously sleepy business nodes, the fabric of Southeast Seattle is changing. In the midst of this change, SEEDArts is being called upon to address the real and potential cultural isolation of the people in our diverse and dynamic neighborhoods and to help steward the cultural identity of our community through this uncertain period of revitalization and upheaval.

Programs include:

Rainier Valley Cultural Center – SouthEast Seattle’s only community performing arts center, RVCC presents multicultural performing arts events and hosts two drama companies. The Center offers rental space for community events, meetings and productions.

Rainier Valley Youth Theatre (RVYT) –RVYT provides a progressive series of performing arts and cultural celebration experiences for young people aged 6-21, including a SummerSTAGE teen drama production; SummerARTs drama and visual arts education camps, educational residencies with housing communities and a Young Playwrights Festival.

Columbia City Gallery – A cooperative gallery of 28 local artists presenting exhibits in diverse media. Located in the Columbia City Business District, the gallery includes special guest artists, classes, lectures and special events.

Public Art Program – Our public art program works with professional artist and students to design and fabricate artwork for public spaces. This program also offers a design and consulting service for local developers to encourage the incorporation of public art in community development projects.

SouthEast Seattle Arts Council (SESAC) – SESAC is the advocacy and outreach arm of SEEDArts. It is a membership organization with an independent advisory board with the mission of promoting arts and cultural opportunities in SE Seattle.

5117 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle WA 98118
(206) 723-7333