About Allied Arts

Seattles cultural life lacks vision and focus, but a handful of progressive citizens establish the Beer & Culture Society to give the art a dramatic boost. This leads to the creation of Allied Arts in 1954.

In cooperation with the Roadside Council, Allied Arts takes the lead in developing the nations first state and city legislation to control billboards.

With the Pike Place Market threatened by urban renewal, Allied Arts joins Victor Steinbrueck and Friends of the Market in leading the fight to save Seattles signature landmark from being lost forever.

Pioneer Square is slated for a leveling more thorough than the Great Fire of 1889 until an Allied Arts led brigade initiates legislation that helps to rescue this vital historic district and stimulates its dramatic rebirth.

Allied Arts fosters creation of the Seattle Arts Commission, which promotes the arts and allocates funds essential to Seattles arts community.

Seattle owes its international reputation for public art to the 1972 passage of one of the countrys first 1 percent for Art ordinances, legislation spearheaded by an Allied Arts group.

Through Allied Arts efforts, the City Landmarks Preservation Board was established to protect our citys architectural heritage.

In the mid-70s, Allied Arts sponsored the "Survival Series," a series of tickets to performances showcasing Seattles smaller arts organizations. The series provides invaluable exposure to many fledgling arts groups, including the newly founded Intiman Theater, Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Empty Space Theater.

What is the future of the arts without arts education? Through its Arts Education committees, Allied Arts has promoted the arts in public schools and lobbied for their funding.

In celebration of Seattles handsome terra cotta buildings, Allied Arts publishes The Terra Cotta Project, a catalogue of these historical treasures.

Allied Arts supports local artists and acts as a referral and information center for artists and art groups. The Allied Arts Foundation supports local artists through grants and by extending its tax status to artists projects.

The wrecking ball wins a battle when the Music Hall Theater falls in 1992, but Allied Arts wins the war. It spearheads the creation of the Mayors Theater Advisory Group (TAG). This secures passage of new laws to promote and finance the rehabilitation of historic downtown theaters and to protect all landmark buildings from speculative demolition.

Keeping the vision of Allied Arts alive depends on new members. Help us write the next chapter as only you can. Become a member and join with others in making a difference today.

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