The tram arrives at Bellevue. Will a vibrant art scene follow?

EastHUB’s yet-to-be-named hub, which will seat up to 1,200 people, is set to rise a stone’s throw from where PACE may one day be held. The new multipurpose theatre/arts space will be nestled amidst the three skyscrapers that make up Cloudvue, a major new downtown development between the Meydenbauer Center Theater, where many of downtown Bellevue’s arts events currently take place, and the Bellevue Art Museum.

The first $45 million needed for the EastHUB arts center was provided by Cloudvue, which donated the land, a new garage, as well as site cleanup and other work. (According to the organization, this is one of Eastside’s largest-ever donations to arts and culture.) Last month, EastHUB kicked off its fundraising campaign for the remaining $60 million. .

“We see it as a real community center,” Cullom says. Although details are still in development, the center could accommodate performances by local dance and theater groups, guest musicians from the Seattle Symphony (and other Seattle arts groups) and high-profile bands, as well as galas and sometimes “a meeting or a product launch,” Cullom says. “The idea is that it’s open from morning until late at night. It’s not just a building where the art happens between, you know, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

But ultimately, Cullom says, it’s the community that will help shape how the center looks, how many people it can accommodate and what it will ultimately be used for. “We don’t tell them – we build for them.”

Jose P. Rogers