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Auburn Arts Alley

As Auburn's historic downtown continues to grow and evolve, we continue to imagine opportunities to revitalize the heart of downtown Auburn and the 100 year old traditional Main Street. One such idea is a vibrant art-filled Auburn Arts Alley.

It started as a vision, but is quickly becoming a reality. Auburn Arts Alley is taking shape in the underutilized alley between the Auburn Avenue Theater and the future Arts & Culture Center. The vision is to transform the alley into a much-needed plaza for creativity, vibrancy, and cultural connectivity. The idea has been greeted with enthusiastic support from local arts organizations, businesses, our local college, residents and community leaders alike.

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The initial concept for the project was completed in collaboration with the University of Washington's Urban Design Program as part of the 2017 Livable City Year with the City of Auburn. The vision has become tangible with the news that the City of Auburn received $20,000 in grant funding for the project from the new 4Culture Creative Consultancies program.

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The community provided great input about what they would most like to see in a transformed Arts Alley. The City is currently working with artist Kathleen Fruge Brown to design artistic components for the alley, collaborating with local artists and cultural communities. The alley will feature mosaics inspired by traditional weaving patterns of Muckleshoot artists incorporated into custom seating, a stage for small outdoor programming , culturally-inspired lantern lighting made in cooperation with the City's MakerSpace, and a mural by a local visual artist. The intent is for the space to contain artistic representations of our diverse community, created with the community for all to enjoy.

This much-needed Auburn Arts Alley community gathering space will strengthen the community, stimulate the economy and enhance Auburn's cultural vitality in an extraordinary way.  We look forward to making Auburn Arts Alley a reality!

We want to hear from you! 
Watch this website for upcoming information on how you can help make this vision a reality! 
We will be asking residents to submit ideas for our collaborative lighting project for the
Auburn Arts Alley!

With thanks to our cultural partners at:       4Culture logo