Good Shepherd Center artist's loft/ Photo: Marissa Natkin.
Historic Seattle is very pleased to have been able to add six units of artist live/work space to the vibrant, creative, diverse mix of use and activities that is the Good Shepherd Center. Construction on the units, ranging in size from 580 sq. feet to 650 sq. feet, began in summer of 2001 on the south end of the top floor of the Center, in an open attic space once used for the school’s dance classes and costume storage. Featuring full kitchens and baths, the units have open floor plans with high ceilings, large windows, and lofts.
Interested artists were invited to apply for residency when construction began, and were evaluated based on dedication and concentration of energy to artwork, as well as a demonstrated need for space. The six artists chosen moved into their new spaces in February of 2002. The current residents represent a wide mix of specialties, from painting to performance to poetry. See Artist Profiles.
The group has congealed into a close knit community that brings a creative flair and a sense of family to the building. Most of the artists have worked collaboratively over the years with both the Senior Center and Meridian School, bringing arts education and experience to a broad age range and helping create a living, symbiotic relationship with the Center.
The City of seattle1995 Housing Levy and the State of Washington Housing Trust Fund provided major funding for the project. The Historic Seattle Preservation Foundation, the King County Arts Commission, Washington Mutual Foundation, SAFECO, US Bank and the Bank of America Foundation provided additional funding.