• Cultural Compass

    Adopted in 2004, the Cultural Compass: A Strategic Vision for the Arts & Culture is Bellevue’s cultural development plan and a road map for how to build Bellevue’s cultural sector and turn Bellevue into a cultural hub. The plan provides direction in the areas that impact cultural vitality, from nonprofit organizations and artists to cultural diversity to public art and more.

    Now, after major cultural and demographic changes in the community, the city is assessing Bellevue's cultural needs and working to refresh the vision for the arts.

    What are your experiences with arts and culture in Bellevue?
    Please take the Bellevue Arts and Culture Survey.


    This project will evaluate the cultural needs of the community and revise “Part I: Strategic Vision and Core Initiatives” within the 2004 Cultural Compass Plan for approval by the City Council. The project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2020.

    Opportunities to Engage


    We are gathering feedback about your experiences with and expectations for arts and culture in Bellevue through the online survey referenced above. 

    Focus Groups

    We are also looking for partner organizations to co-host focus groups about the needs of specific groups such as artists, businesses, nonprofits, regional collaborators and underserved populations. Please contact us if you're interested in helping us organize a focus group.