Ecosystem Research

    Ecosystem Research projects delve into a topic reaching beyond individual arts entities to examine the connections and relationships that have shaped the cultural ecosystem. These more intensive projects include MFA capstone research projects and articles by community experts including journalists, scholars, and writers. AERP began commissioning selected projects in the community in 2022.

  • Asian Pacific American Visual Artists in a Modern Seattle: 1960s to 1980s (2023) by Mayumi Tsutakawa
  • The relationships and community networks of Asian American and Pacific Islander visual artists in the Seattle from the 1960s to the 1980s reveal their responses to social and cultural conditions. These artists found ways to advance their artistic achievements through a variety of means including community-focused art clubs and less traditional venues, augmenting limited opportunities for recognition of native-born and those recently arrived from around the Pacific Rim, and resulting in an enduring impact on the Seattle art world.

  • Many Streams Make a River: Seattle Dance 1990 to 2015 (2023) by Marcie Sillman
  • This article examines the development of Seattle’s dance ecosystem with a focus on four seminal dance organizations (On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Spectrum Dance Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet) during a period of dynamic regional growth between 1990 and 2015. The author provides an introduction to these organizations and notes the connections and interrelationships among various organizations and artists, told through her experience from decades of arts reporting, and personal interviews with leaders in the dance community.

  • Mapping Seattle’s Cultural Assets: Using Data from the Arts Ecosystem Research Project to Inform Future Arts Leaders (2022) by Stefanie Fatooh
  • This research project maps the data of the AERP Timeline on a map organized by decade, in order to examine how a variety of influences such as planning trends and philanthropic efforts have affected the formation and physical placement of cultural assets in Seattle from 1962 to the present; and the growth and resilience of the Seattle arts ecosystem in general.

    • Click title above to read the full research paper or explore the interactive map below:
    • The icon in the upper left hand corner will open the menu that allows you to toggle between different layers, which are organized by decade.
    • Each layer includes an entry for arts organizations and entities that either began or ended their operations during that time.
    • You can view a single decade by itself or you can choose to view multiple decades at the same time.