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Auburn Arts Alley

As Auburn historic downtown continues to grow and evolve, we continue to imagine opportunities to revitalize the heart of downtown Auburn and the 100 year old traditional Main Street. One such idea is a vibrant art-filled Auburn Arts Alley.

The vision is to transform an underutilized alley, between the Auburn Avenue Theater and the future Arts & Culture Center, into a much-needed plaza for creativity, vibrancy, and cultural connectivity. The vision has been greeted with enthusiastic support from local arts organizations, businesses, our local college, residents and community leaders alike.

What do you envision? We want your input. Share your ideas for the project on our Auburn Arts Alley Pinterest page or our Auburn Arts Alley Public Input Survey and help these ideas become a reality!

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An initial vision for the project was completed in collaboration with the University of Washington's Urban Design Program as part of the2017 Livable City Year with the City of Auburn. The vision is becoming even more tangible as the City of Auburn is in consideration of grant funding for the project from the new 4Culture Creative Consultancies program. After a competitive first round of grant application, Auburn has been chosen to work with artist Kathleen Fruge Brown on the community outreach and final grant project proposal in hopes of receiving grant funding up to $30,000.

We are now seeking input from the local community as Fruge Brown works to design artistic components for the alley, collaborating with local artists and cultural communities.

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The alley could feature artistically treated pavers incorporating poetry from local poets, culturally-inspired lantern lighting made in cooperation with the City's MakerSpace, custom seating and stage created by the local college, or murals by local visual artists. The intent is for the space to contain artistic representations of our diverse community, created with the community for all to enjoy.

This much-needed Auburn Arts Alley community gathering space will strengthen the community, stimulate the economy and enhance Auburn's cultural vitality in an extraordinary way. 

We want to hear from you! 
Help share your ideas for the project on our
 Pinterest page created as an idea board for the project, and help make this vision a reality!