Downtown Strategy Survey!

Don’t forget to fill out the Downtown Strategy Survey before January 17, 2016!

Within the past 20 years, the City and other public partners have invested over $150 million to create some of our region’s most beloved destinations. The Downtown Strategy will set a path for how we’ll connect those places & spaces to forward our community’s vision and create a safe and welcoming downtown for all. The Downtown vision, goals, and policies are outlined in the attached booklet summarized from the Comprehensive Plan.
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Feasibility Study Offers Market Realities, Options as Project Progresses

Feasibility Study Offers Market Realities, Options as Project Progresses

by Kris Tucker, OAA Board Chair

October 2015

This past year we received a grant from JP Morgan Chase Foundation – as well as generous funding from the Freas Foundation, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, and the Nisqually Tribe. This funding enabled us to contract with Artspace Projects, Inc., a national organization specializing in artist live/work projects across the country. We hired them to analyze potential sites, the local market, community support, and financial models.

We have just received that analysis, which confirmed the timeliness and relevance of our efforts –the synergy of our project with the City’s goals as identified in many planning documents – and the challenges of securing the necessary financing.

We are now identifying our options for moving forward. This is a long-term, complex project with many moving pieces. Our group’s next steps include further analysis of funding options, honing in on the space plan and site, and identifying potential developers.

This is an exciting, and significant, time for Olympia Artspace Alliance. We will soon make decisions that lead the organization from pursuing a concept to selecting a model and site that will help us realize our goal.

Our board of directors is a diverse and dedicated group of volunteers that remain committed to developing a facility that will benefit local artists, the arts community, and the Olympia region.

Thank you for your interest in the project and for your support!

Hummingbird Studio Open House

Kokua is excited to announce the opening of hummingbird studio, an inclusive community art studio for individuals of all abilities. We are renting studio space from our new partners at the Arbutus Folk School ( They are located in the heart of downtown Olympia at 610 4th Ave. E. directly across from Olympia City Hall. There are two large art studios with a utility sink, an accessible bathroom, storage and a large alley in the back with a big sliding barn door for easy Dial-a-Lift and wheelchair access. There are three loading zone parking spots in front for drop off and pick up, and they are located .4 miles from the downtown transit center.

Beginning on September 23, Amy Briggs, our in-house artist, will facilitate open studio time on Wednesdays from 11:30am-1pm. Participants can attend any portion of that time. Our primary objective is to offer meaningful and creative opportunities for individuals to explore, have fun and build community connections. Open studio is free, however pre-registration is required. Please contact me at or (360)705-4665 ext. 120 to register for each weekly session. We are requesting a nominal supply donation ($3-5 per session) for those who can afford it. We will have volunteers on hand to assist participants with their art, however, individuals who need assistance with mobility or personal care will be required to bring along someone to support them. Participants and volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To introduce the community to hummingbird studio, Kokua is hosting an


Wednesday, September 16th

11am-1pm at Arbutus Folk School

Please feel free to share this email and invite anyone you think may be interested. We are looking for volunteers, interns, art supplies (especially paper, paint and markers), financial donations and interested participants.

Our vision is for hummingbird studio to be a community art studio that is physically and socially accessible to individuals of all abilities. Please join us at our open house to view the space and to celebrate the beginning of this unique and important inclusive community art program.


Randi Miller

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator


1226 Carpenter Rd. SE, Suite B-1

Lacey, WA 98503

(360) 705-4665 ext. 120