ARCADE, is a Seattle-based nonprofit that creates opportunities – in print, online and in the community – for sharing ideas about design, culture and the built environment. We publish a magazine (in print and online); present community events, including educational lectures, panels discussions, tours and salons; and provide a curated calendar of Northwest design, arts and cultural happenings. With the goal of strengthening connections across these disciplines, we invite all to participate and collectively add to the greater whole.

Mission Statement
The mission of ARCADE is to incite dialogue about design and the built environment; our goal is to inspire designers, creative professionals and design enthusiasts to reconsider how design impacts the world around us and, in turn, instigate positive change.
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Kelly Rodriguez 
Executive Director, Editor 


ARCADE Programs

ARCADE fulfills its mission in three key ways: 
  • Our award-winning ARCADE magazine, which was first published in 1982.
  • Community events, including educational lectures, panel discussions, and salons, where the community comes together to exchange ideas in real time.
  • Through our web presence, including our website, online community calendar, and social media community.
This spring we published ARCADE Issue 32.1 After Growth: Rethinking the Narrative of Modernization, the first issue of the 32nd volume/year of ARCADE. With the launch of each of our issues we hold a public event where interested parties come together to celebrate and exchange ideas—our most recent event was held at Pacific Tower on March 27th. Subsequent events will be held in September and December. 

As we did last year, in 2014 we will be holding public educational events. Also, in addition to our magazine articles, available in print and on our website, this year we are publishing special online-only content, too - thought pieces, interviews and more.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

2013 was a great year for ARCADE—we were busy!

As part of our programming we published three magazines that were chock-full of thought provoking content, including features on STEAM; art, science and inquiry; and designing data; hosted three launch parties for the community at unique venues—The Bullitt Center, MadArt, and Westland Distillery; hosted two sold-out design lectures; co-hosted a community celebration focused on design; hosted a student workshop at MakerHaus; co-presented/sponsored two film series; and continued to evolve our website, including an online archive of past ARCADE issues for the community to enjoy. 

In order to continue to elevate and refine our programs we need operating capital to support staff time, graphic design and web development fees, printing costs, and strategic planning and resource development initiatives.


Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

10/5/2006 $5,000.00purchase computer equipment and staff training.


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