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: Inclusion means my voice is heard. Diversity means I am reflected and represented in the organization at every level. Equity means I am supported by systems and policies that ensure I succeed, despite historic patterns of hindered success. Shunpike is committed to this statement of equity and work to ensure that all staff and clients apply this lens to the work that they do.
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.
ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium: In 2017, with community guidance and participation, we held the first annual ACES at the Seattle Armory. ACES is a BIPOC-led event featuring performances, exhibits, workshops, films, presentations, artist talks, and info sessions. Our vision is to establish a space to celebrate and center ourselves, especially in communities of color where crisis breeds innovation. We gather in joy and solidarity, to celebrate our work and to see each other as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.
Amazon AiR - the artist-in-residence program: In 2018 we launched the Amazon Artist-in-Residence program. Every year, 7 artists are selected for a 10-week residency each. The residencies are split between the 1,100 square foot studio space Seattle, and 1,100 square foot studio in Bellevue. This unique program provides several opportunities for interaction with Amazon staff, through workshops, artist talks and exhibitions. Shunpike's AiR Salons also provide an opportunity to present residency work to the general public.
The Studio @ 2+U: In 2021, and in partnership with Skanska, we opened the doors to the Studio @ 2+U. Located on 2nd and University, 2+U is a 38-story high skyscraper office building located in the heart of the city. The Studio is a dedicated 1,100 sq. ft. workshop, rehearsal, and presentation space, and is available at no cost to selected musical, movement, and performing artists.
Skanska and Shunpike are offering a space at 2+U for artists who have had the most difficulty practicing under COVID-19 restrictions, musical and movement artists. It is an opportunity for musicians and dancers to be loud and expansive again, which has been difficult to accomplish when stuck at home with neighbors.
"Since the pandemic, I have only been able to dance in my living room apartment. As someone who is 6'1" and lives on the third floor, I was so thrilled to have been blessed with an opportunity to move freely and actually fall on a studio floor. I am grateful for the opportunity provided at 2+U."
- Randy Ford, Dancer, and participant in the Studio at 2+U pilot program
2+U is a 38-story high skyscraper office building located in Seattle’s Central Business District. It occupies most of the city block bounded by First and Second Avenue with spectacular views to the south, east, and west. At 2+U, you’re steps away from local restaurants, Pioneer Square, The Waterfront, and entertainment that makes Seattle unique, paired with 2+U’s Urban Village, 2+U is the best the city has to offer. Found below the lifted office tower, the Urban Village is Seattle’s newest outdoor, open-air, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood experience with flexible indoor/outdoor retail and events that celebrate the surrounding arts and creative community. The Studio is a dedicated space within the Urban Village for the local arts community to practice, perform, and exhibit their work. (Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, The Studio is being restricted to a practice space at this time).
The Studio is 1100 square feet with a maximum capacity of 49 people (when restrictions are lifted), has hardwood floors, a single restroom, and a Bluetooth-enabled sound system.
Selected musical and movement artists and groups will have the opportunity to use The Studio for one day a week for up to three months, free of charge. It is a space for artists to create, practice, gather, and reflect. Upon the completion of their time in the Studio, artists will be eligible to apply again in six months' time.
Guidelines and eligibility requirements will be reevaluated as Washington state moves into Phase 4 and beyond.
If you have any questions please contact Shunpike Program Manager Martin Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org.