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For the next month Shunpike is holding our annual GOLDEN Fundraising Campaign. Please consider making a donation.

We Do our Best Work Behind the Scenes

Shunpike has been proudly serving Washington's arts community for over two decades. During these last two years of unanticipated challenges to our creative ecosystem, we are more motivated than ever to help artists thrive and explore sustainable avenues for funding, producing and sharing their work. In order for us to continue providing equitable access to support, resources, and opportunities to our region's creators, we rely on support from you.

Our Mission

Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.

Our Vision

Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of Washington state.

Our Values

Equity : We embrace all artforms, as well as racial, cultural and social diversity.

Relevance : We actively maintain an awareness of emerging trends in arts practice so we can offer real-world arts business solutions and services.

Accessibility : Our programs and services are affordable, convenient, and artist-centered.

Learn More about Shunpike Programs

Shunpike serves artists and arts groups throughout Washington state through our many (and growing!) programs including:

Fiscal Sponsorship

Our longest-running program, Shunpike has served as the fiscal sponsor for hundreds of arts organizations and groups throughout Washington-state. Under the umbrella of Shunpike’s non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) status, our fiscally-sponsored organizations can receive tax-deductible contributions from individual donors, granting institutions and corporate sponsors. Shunpike also provides additional back-office and administrative support services for these organizations.

ACES (Artists of Color Expo & Symposium)

ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium is a BIPOC-led, community-curated program featuring art exhibits, live performances, presentations, workshops, film screenings, artist talks, and artist opportunity tables. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest. ACES 2023 will be held on May 19+20, 2023 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.


Shunpike’s Storefronts Program is a public art exhibition and pop-up program that came about in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn. Since then, the program has served several neighborhoods in Seattle, as well as other cities in the Puget Sound region. Storefronts South Lake Union has evolved into an ongoing temporary public art partnership with Amazon, hosting 24 artists’ works a year.

Amazon AiR (Artists in Residency)

Shunpike coordinates the Amazon Artist in Residence program, placing 8 artists annually for ten-week residencies at two studios in Seattle and Bellevue.

The Studio at 2+U

Shunpike facilitates use of a dedicated 1,100 sq. ft. workshop, rehearsal, and presentation space at 2+U, in downtown Seattle. The Studio is created with underserved creative communities in mind, those most affected by gentrification and displacement, and is available at no cost to all selected performers and artists.

Seattle Restored

Seattle Restored revives Seattle’s neighborhoods with creativity and commerce! Seattle Restored calls our local artists and entrepreneurs to reinvigorate our city by activating empty storefronts. These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle, support local businesses and support local artists – particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color. Seattle Restored is a program of Shunpike, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, and Seattle Good Business Network.

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