Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District has long been a neighborhood of artists, but market forces in the 1990s began driving them out at an alarming rate. Hoping to preserve Pioneer Square’s status as an arts district, the Pioneer Square Community Development Organization invited Artspace to transform two adjoined turn-of-the-century buildings into facilities for artists. The TK (Tashiro Kaplan) Artist Lofts boasts 50 affordable live/work apartments for artists, as well as 21 studios/commercial arts spaces including gallery collectives like Cold Cube Press, Specialist, and Shift. Together with the Tashiro Arts Building, it has helped maintain Pioneer Square’s distinctive character, and is at the heart of Seattle’s legendary First Thursday Art Walk.
City of Seattle Office of Housing, Glaser Financial Group, Inc., Impact Capital, Paramount Financial Group, Inc., RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc., U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Foundation, South Downtown Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, and Washington Mutual Foundation
Stickney Murphy Romine Architects
Pioneer Square Community Association
50 live/work units and 21 commercial art spaces
The TK filled the first floor with active businesses and sidewalk life.
Tashiro Kaplan currently has one commercial space available. See the listing for details.
Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts is an income restricted project. To qualify for housing your income must be below the following categories. Half the units are for artists earning less than 50% of area median income and half are for artists earning less than 60% of area median income.
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Anyone may apply for residency in our project and we will accept applications from anyone. Tashiro Kaplan and Artspace Projects are committed to attracting creative individuals and families from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to building a community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal.
In order to be considered for a potential vacancy you must sign up for the Interest List on the TK website.