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The Course: About



Anyone who is interested in the intersection of the arts and commercial real estate development is welcome to apply to an upcoming cohort. We seek a cohort made up of diverse leaders from the worlds of commercial real estate, and the arts, and community organizing. If you are curious about this program, the odds are that this program is right for you.


There is no minimum age for participation, no required professional background or education level, and the program has been able to create accessibility accommodations for participants in need of support.


Historically, cohort members come from a variety of professional backgrounds:

  • Architects

  • Community Organizers

  • Elected Officials

  • Storytellers

  • Philanthropists

  • Commercial Lenders

  • Nonprofit Directors

  • Independent Artists

  • Property Developers

  • Code Reviewers

  • Recording Artists

  • Educators


We try to schedule the sessions around the availability of the folks in each year’s cohort. Typically these end up being 3-hour sessions that occur either once or twice per month, typically in the evenings or on weekends. We try to provide a hybrid schedule of both virtual (Zoom-based) sessions and “live” in-person sessions.


  • There is a simple online application form that interested applicants should fill out. [link]

  • Typically applications are reviewed once per year, following the graduation of the previous year’s cohort. To learn when the applications are available for future sessions, you can sign up to receive an email notification at the bottom of this page.

  • For more information or questions, please contact


There is no cost to participants. Participants are compensated at $20 per hour for every hour that they spend in cohort meetings or sessions. Meal catering is provided for all in-person sessions, and the program can support some costs of participation, such as childcare or transportation. The Cultural Space Agency wishes to thank its producing partner, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, for its support of the expenses related to the program.

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