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About Shunpike: Established by artists in 2001, Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Washington State. To achieve this vision, we provide artists with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Based on our key organizational values of inclusivity, relevance and accessibility, Shunpike strives to serve a diversity of independent artists and arts groups across Washington State, embracing artists working in all art-forms, as well as those identifying as emerging and/or established.
Our Commitment to Racial Equity: According to an article in The Seattle Times (Census: Washington getting less white, older; Asians growing fastest in state, June 12, 2013), people of color represent over 30 percent of Washington residents and this proportion is growing rapidly across all major racial and ethnic groups. Despite this, the percentage of independent artists and arts groups of color served by Shunpike does not reflect Washington's current demographic reality, and we are committed to doing what we can, within our sphere of influence, to achieve greater racial equity.
The Storefronts Program: In 2010, an innovative consortium of city and neighborhood organizations inaugurated the Storefronts program in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods by activating empty storefronts with vibrant local art and creative projects. At the time, the initiative sought to address high retail vacancy rates that were symptomatic of the economic downturn. Though Seattle's economic climate is now stronger, Shunpike continues to support our creative community and urban neighborhoods by providing opportunities for artists to showcase dynamic, engaging works that reach out to passersby, humanize our built environment, and support urban revitalization.