Arts and Culture

Supported by strong leadership in both the public and private sectors, Bellevue has a national reputation for the visibility and strength of its arts and cultural offerings and the capacity of its cultural insitutions. Unique and dynamic cultural districts have emerged in Downtown, Crossroads, and Eastgate/Factoria, which enhance the vitality of these mixed use neighborhoods. Based on these attractions, and its ability to celebrate its ethnic and cultural diversity through the arts, Bellevue is known as a "must visit" place in the region.

What is your BEST IDEA for strengthening Bellevue's arts and culture into the future?

Arts and Culture

Tell the Bellevue Story - History Museum / Heritage Center

As the State's 5th largest city and with growing tourism interest, Bellevue needs to plan for a permanent Heritage Center - a place to share the Bellevue and Eastside story. Cultural amenities are strong economic and tourism drivers. By making connections to the past, history museums enhance community identity, providing a sense of place and belonging. In addition to offering public and educational programming, a Heritage ...more »

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What is your name? : T

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Performing Art Center/Bookstore

It would be nice to have a community in/outdoor theatre including a bookstore with many conference rooms, coffee/café that caters to everyone. We use to have one in California, I love the story telling, many exhibitions, like "Star Trek", Yo-Yo, magic, dance hall. A lot of many great things happening at once! I love that area near 7-11, jack in the box, radio shack. If, you have not seen an outdoor movie, sketch, play, ...more »

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What is your name? : Mike

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2 votes
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Downtown Children's Museum

As downtown Bellevue continues to grow, there is a need to focus on expanding offerings for children and families. Educational and cultural centers and museums help turn a standard business-and-retail town into a first rate city. Designing Bellevue to become a world class place to live and visit means we need a wide range of museums, including a children’s museum that out of town visitors can walk to, schools can collaborate ...more »

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What is your name? : Cassie

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artistic center for graphic designers and artists

I think that's it would be great way for people to explore there artistic sides and share them with the rest of the community also allowing the community to share there own views on life in an unpressured environment.. this would yield a more cultured lifestyle as opposed to just a business vibe.

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What is your name? : devon shigaki

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5 votes
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outdoor concerts

outdoor concerts that allow for people to buy cheap tickets to sit on the lawn and more expensive tickets to sit in an amphitheater.

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What is your name? : Eric Mashlan

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8 votes
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Travel subsidy/validation

Getting into the city from the West Side can be a hassle. It could increase the likelihood that people would want to go into Bellevue if certain institutions offered validation for the 520 - similar concept to going to the movies and having your parking waved. In this case, buy admission to BAM (or similar attractions) and get a portion of your 520 fare reduced.

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What is your name? : AlexC

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Performing Arts Center

Downtown Bellevue needs a large-scale performing arts center! We have the density, population, and most importantly, the need; we also now have a plethora of amenities to attract quality artists and programs to come to our city. Part of being a healthy community is having access to the arts, I hope this is something the City of Bellevue will make a top priority and support as we continue to grow.

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What is your name? : B

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40 votes
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Create a town hall - speakers' forum space

Other than shopping or going out to eat, there are fewer social options in the community. We should have a not-for-profit town hall forum, similar to Seattle's, where literary and other subjects could be presented and discussed.

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What is your name? : A resident at Lake Hills Library

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16 votes
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Farmers Market, Move from Church to DT Core

Move the Farmers Market from the Presbyterian Church to Downtown Bellevue's Core. Your Local Market is closed, move it back to that location, or some other lot that is vacation. My Choices: 1. Your Local Market, parking lot 2. Bellevue Square parking structure, next to JCPenny's 3. Mars Hill Parking Lot (adjacent to Barnes & Noble) 4. Parking Lot on SW corner of NE 8th & 110th Ave NE I have no idea, whether ...more »

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What is your name? : JoeP

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Protect Bel-Red Small Businesses

With a large portion of arts-related businesses that provide incredible dance, music and arts instruction to our children, we can't afford to lose this valuable community asset. Relying on these businesses to purchase their property in order to stay in Bellevue will leave Bellevue devoid of an important layer of culture. Create a path to ownership plan (with incentives and tax forgiveness) that keeps small businesses ...more »

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What is your name? : BobbieD

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International festivals

We need more international festivals in the City to showcase our diversity. Redmond has Ananda Mela, the Indian festival which is pretty well known in the area. Bellevue has such large Chinese and Indian populations, I think the City should have festivals to celebrate cultures and diversity.

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What is your name? : Ying

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5 votes
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