The Seattle Office of Economic Development is partnering with Seattle Good Business Network and Shunpike to match 25 vacant downtown Seattle storefronts with pop-up shops and art installations. These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle, support local businesses and support local artists - particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color. This program is funded by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFR) established under the American Rescue Plan.
Activations will begin in December, with projects running for two to three months. Launch dates are flexible and may be ongoing.
There is no cost to apply or participate. Seattle Restored will provide:
- $2,500 for selected artists to exhibit their works
- $2,500 for pop-up shop owners to launch their shops
- $1,000 towards tenant improvement costs
- Find new audiences and customers by featuring your works in Seattle's Downtown, Chinatown-International District, Pioneer Square, Belltown, and Denny Triangle neighborhoods.
- For pop-up shop owners, be matched with vacant commercial and community spaces with an opportunity for a continuing lease
- Contribute to efforts that revitalize commercial and community spaces
- Be included in a citywide multi-media campaign that includes digital, print, radio, transit ads and a dedicated profile page on SeattleRestored.org. Media partners are the Seattle Met, The Stranger, Intentionalist, Seattle Magazine, South Seattle Emerald and more!
- Review and complete a Seattle Restored contract
- Collaborate on approval process for modifications to the space
- Be available to coordinate space renovations and have a point of contact for project coordination
- Allow space to be documented through photography and video
- Participate in a post-program survey and reporting
Seattle Restored is powered by Shunpike, Seattle Good Business Network, and the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.
Seattle Good Business Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to connect and inspire people to buy, produce, and invest locally, so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy.
The Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to building an inclusive economy in the City of Seattle. OED works at all levels of our local economy to support small and micro-businesses, partner with Seattle neighborhood business districts, support creative business sectors and workers, partner with key industries that drive innovation, job growth and global competitiveness, and invest in our local workforce with an emphasis on young people, low-income, as well as un- and under-employed adults.