Document Type

Case Study

Publication Date



Sam Davidson, Greg Kucera


Susan Kunimatsu


First Thursday Gallery Walk in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood was established in the early 1980s to increase visibility of the art galleries in the neighborhood. What started as a collector-based event evolved into an event for a broader public audience, where locals and tourists visit the galleries to learn about and engage with the art presented. The Pioneer Square gallerists worked in cooperation to establish the event and a monthly printed publication that announces the shows opening on each First Thursday. As Pioneer Square and the city of Seattle change in infrastructure, population, and size, First Thursdays live on as a public event for the public to experience art.

Organization or Event

Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk

Form of Entity

For Profit Business, Other

Area of Activity

Arts Presenter/Distributor (any artistic discipline)

Artistic Discipline

Visual Arts