BelRed Creative Space Survey

Welcome Artists, Performers, Innovators, Creatives and Members of our Cultural Community!


Do you need affordable space to live, create, make, teach, uphold a cultural practice, rehearse, operate a creative business, or exhibit/sell/perform/share your work? If so, help advance efforts for new creative space, by taking our survey. This survey is for individuals to share their space needs and preferences and is a critical next step for a proposed, affordable live/work housing and creative workspace facility in Bellevue’s BelRed Arts District.

Survey data will be used to assess demand for new long-term affordable space, to articulate that need to funders and stakeholders in support of a project, and to educate and encourage developers to design and build spaces that meet the needs of creatives who live/work in Bellevue or would like to.

Thank you for participating. We are excited to hear and learn from you.


Photo Credit: Alexandra Knight Photography // Courtesy of Visit Bellevue

In 2017, the City of Bellevue invited national nonprofit Artspace to assess the potential for an affordable mixed-use, artist live/work facility. A series of focus groups and community conversations took place revealing support, need and opportunity for new space to be built. In 2020 the City conducted a BelRed Arts District planning survey and local input prioritized BelRed as a place for “inclusive, affordable and accessible space” where creative people and other communities can come together. Perfect alignment between the vision for the district and a new affordable arts facility.

Fast forward to today. New developments are emerging in BelRed, Sound Transit’s light rail extension is rapidly moving forward, and the City has its 5-year, BelRed Arts District Implementation Plan ready to go.  Now is the time to act on planning for and creating new space that will preserve long-term affordability for the creative sector in a neighborhood known for its artists, creative businesses, and arts organizations.

This survey is the next step. By receiving broad input from a diversity of artists, creatives, and makers, the team will learn whether there is sufficient demand to create space and if so what types and how much, what amenities to include, and what “affordable” really means to the area’s artists, creatives, and makers.

Anonymous survey data will be analyzed in aggregate to identify what types of spaces, amenities, and features are most needed and preferred by respondents, and what is affordable to the interested members of the creative sector. Ideas offered by respondents for a new project will be delivered to project leaders for consideration as new space plans are developed.

A report will be delivered to the City of Bellevue that summarizes the key findings and offers recommendations for how many and the types of spaces to pursue and will be a key tool when seeking developers to create the needed space in the BelRed Arts District. While the data is designed to help advance a specific, affordable artist live/work facility, the report will be delivered to developers and property owns to encourage a variety of new space options in the BelRed Arts District and across Bellevue.

We are seeking input from a diversity of people from the creative arts and culture sector, broadly defined as Creatives, who live or work in Bellevue OR who might be interested in moving to live and/or work in Bellevue and in turn, contribute to the culture, arts and creative innovation within the BelRed Arts district.

If you are engaged in creative efforts and consider your work, product, or practice to be a form of art, craft, artisan product, a cultural/creative expression, or heritage preservation, then we probably will too. In our broad definition, an Artist, Maker, Culture Bearer or Creative:

  • Has a sincere commitment to their creative based work
  • May make things that are artistic, creative or functional, or all of the above! (woodturners, game designers, milliners, potters, writers, leather workers, artisanal foods/craft beverages, painters, performers, photographers, jewelers, floral arrangers, stylists)
  • May be engaged in any creative/artistic/cultural pursuits including visual/performing, digital/new media, culinary, literary, musical, administrative, museum, educational work or practices
  • May or may not make any income form their creative-based work (or may or may not aspire to)
  • May or may not create or practice full time (or may or may not aspire to)
  • Has or is developing a body of work or is actively training, creating, practicing, and/or making
  • Comes from any and all walks of life

This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete, and:

  • Is for everyone in the arts/maker/creative sector who currently or would like to live or work creatively in Bellevue.  We are looking to reach artists in Bellevue and BelRed and regionally, so please tell your friend and colleagues!
  • Is best viewed on a large screen (computer or tablet) but is optimized for a smart phone
  • Is confidential. Your private information will NOT be shared with other organizations and responses are maintained anonymously. Data is analyzed in the aggregate only.
  • If you begin the survey and something comes up before you finish it, you can save and continue it later.

The greater the response to this survey by a diverse group of people, the more useful the information will be. We need your help in getting the word out regionally and encouraging others to participate. We hope to hear from creative people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and creative work and practices whether they live and work in Bellevue or would like to.

Please forward the survey to your friends and colleagues, and share it in your social networks!

The City of Bellevue and its Cultural and Economic Development division are leading this effort to ensure the BelRed Arts District is a place where local and regional creatives can live, work, and create.

A Core Group of community members have volunteered their time to help advance this survey work and the vision of new, affordable space. We thank them for their contributions:

Maria Lau Hui

Ashmita Gulati

Eden Helstein

Katie Miller

Rita Meher

Angela Cheung

Xin Xin

The survey is developed and owned by Artspace Consulting.

Established in 2009 – The BelRed Arts District is the nucleus of a grassroots creative neighborhood. Cultivated by artists, arts organizations and small businesses focused on music, dance, fine arts and technology all located within a single square mile. 

Thousands of people of all ages visit the district every week, whether it's shopping in music stores, lessons and rehearsals, dance classes, clinics, camps, special events and so much more!

BelRed Arts District's Mission Statement 

A vibrant grassroots creative district, one that inspires and connects everyone through music, art, dance and technology.


To learn more about the BelRed Arts District, planning efforts and programs visit: BelRedArtsDistrict the 2022 BelRed Arts District Implementation plan....

...and follow @belred_arts_district on Instagram

Artspace is a Minneapolis-based, national nonprofit developer and consultant with a mission to “create, foster and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists, and arts organizations”. Artspace Consulting is a division of Artspace and leading this phase of work. The organization owns and operates 54 artist communities in 43 states, including 4 in the state of Washington.

We respect your privacy. Responses collected are maintained as anonymous. At the end of the survey, you will have an option to sign-up to receive more information. Contact information you choose to provide will not be linked to your responses, sold, or shared with organizations you did not request to connect with. This survey is for research purposes and data is analyzed in the aggregate only.

City of Bellevue
City of Bellevue Cultural and Economic Development
Artspace Consulting