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Bellwether 2019

September 13th — 22nd | Downtown Bellevue

10 days and nights of art and experiences in downtown Bellevue! Join us for site-specific installations, live music, talks, culinary events and more.

This year’s theme is Taking Root, activated by a team of curators and artists who explore notions of identity and cultural exchange. Bellwether 2019 is co-curated by John Boylan, Michelle de la Vega, Janet Galore, SassyBlack, Ellen Ito, Elisheba Johnson, Angelina Villalobos, Anthony White and Jonathan Zwickel—with artist-trio SuttonBeresCuller providing overall creative direction.



Site-specific art by local and inter/national artists throughout downtown Bellevue.


Key Events & Venues

Sunday, September 15, 3–5pm:
Conversation on Art & Culture at Bellevue Arts Museum

Saturday, September 21
Conversation on a Sense of Place at City Hall
5–6:30pm: Reception & Performance at City Hall
7pm: PNW Super Soul All-Star Revue at Meydenbauer Center

September 13–15 & September 18–22:
Today’s Special: A Bellwether Café, an interactive space
around food, art and culture, at Bellevue Arts Museum

Friday, September 13, 6:30pm:
Opening Party at Bellevue Arts Museum

Saturday, September 14, 7pm:
Soul Selections Showcase at Meydenbauer Center

Saturdays, September 14 & September 21, 1–5pm:
While Supplies Last pop-up art market at Bellevue Arts Museum


More to come!

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Bellwether is a free, 10-day, multi-disciplinary arts experience produced by the City of Bellevue in collaboration with Bellevue’s arts community and with guidance from the city’s Arts Commission. Thank you to our generous event partners: Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue Downtown Association, Madison Marquette, Meydenbauer Center and Onni Group.

A bellwether is a sign of things to come. The name was chosen as a symbol of the overarching mission of the event: to showcase Bellevue’s creative future and to turn that future into reality.

Bellwether got its start as a biennial sculpture exhibition in 1992. Now in its 15th series, the event has evolved to encompass new forms of art and culture. Since 2018, Bellwether is held every year to harness the city’s growth and support artists year-round.

Support for Bellwether 2019 comes from the City of Bellevue.


Contact Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, 425.452.4105 or



We’ve archived Bellwether 2018 here.