Congress of the Arts forms Allied Arts of Seattle on October 3, 1954.

  • By Walt Crowley
  • Posted 4/13/2001
  • Essay 3203

On October 3, 1954, the Congress of the Arts forms Allied Arts of Seattle. The Congress had been convened by a small circle of academics, architects, and artists who had been meeting since 1952 as the Beer and Culture Society. The purpose of Allied Arts is to advocate for public funding of the arts, better urban planning and architecture, and other civic improvements. Allied Arts of Seattle will become one of the city's most influential advocates for urban design and the arts.

Allied Arts has since played leadership roles in promoting the creation of the Seattle Arts Commission; the development of Seattle Center; the preservation of Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and other historic landmarks.


Seattle Arts Commission Annual Reports, 1992 and 1995; Allied Arts Newsletter, January 1994.

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