Our History

Allied Arts in the Words of its Founders

Allied Arts began life in the mid-1950s as an advocacy organization working to build Seattle from an industrial backwater into a beautiful and vibrant magnet for the arts. The story is long, and Seattle still reaps the benefit from the work of the city’s early arts pioneers. What began as a series of regular informal meetings of a group of architects and other interested citizens under the joke banner ‘Beer and Culture Society’ soon grew into a formidable collection of civic leaders advocating for a more livable city under the rubric, Allied Arts of Seattle. The actions and accomplishments of Allied Arts were integral to the rich cultural profile Seattle is well-known for today.

We invite you to enjoy a seven minute video presenting impressions and thoughts about the organization, as voiced by a few of the early founding stalwarts still active today as Directors of Allied Arts Foundation.

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