We’ll be working and playing at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle, conveniently located near CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, Pike Place Market, and shopping. Easy access to major freeways and Sea-Tac International Airport. Spacious guest rooms with stunning views of Puget Sound, the mountains and city skyline. From colorful paintings by local artists displayed in the lobby to a fully-equipped fitness center and high-speed Internet, this downtown Seattle hotel has it all. Check out this map and local transporation information


Most years, Seattle averages a daily maximum temperature for May that’s between 63 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (17 to 20 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 47 and 50 °F (9 to 10 °C). You’ll be glad to know that May does not normally get cold enough for frost. It might rain, it might not. But this is Seattle, so pack a poncho! For more info click here

We like you to be comfortable at our Summit- dress is casual.



Despite its rainy reputation,  Portland just edges Seattle out with an annual average rainfall of 37.5. However, Seattle is known for its steady, gentle rain rather than big storms where many East Coast cities get huge bursts of rainfall all at once. Better bring an umbrella or pack a rain poncho to be on the safe side.

Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union. Must be all that rain.

The land that is now the city of Seattle has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years by the Suquamish and Duwamish people. Many communities and landscape features have names from the Lushootseed, or Puget Sound Salish, language. Washington state is home to 29 federally-recognized Indian tribes.

The 1919 Seattle General Strike was the first general strike in the United States, with 60,000 shipyard workers walking off their jobs, kicking off a national conversation about organizing labor.

Seattle is ranked the most literate city in the country, with the highest percentage of residents with a college degree or higher. So it won’t be a shock to learn that the Seattle Public Library system has the highest percentage of library card-holders per capita in the country.

Bertha Landes, elected 1926, was the first female mayor of Seattle, and of any U.S. city.  However, since Bertha Landes, all of Seattle’s mayors have been male.

After it was founded in Oakland, California, Seattle was home to the second chapter of the Black Panther Party, founded in 1968.

Seattle’s creative community has a reputation for innovation and new approaches. For instance, the public art collection features more than 400 works that enliven public spaces like parks, bridges, and streets.

Artists design everything from building components to manhole covers. In Seattle. City Light, City Bright is the name of the new utility hatch cover (much better name than manhole) , created by artist Nancy Blum.

Despite popular conviction, Jimi Hendrix is not buried in Seattle. He is actually buried in Renton WA. But he did hail from Seattle and attended Garfield High School for a spell before dropping out.

Seattle has a real-life superhero. Ben Fodor is a MMA fighter by day and he becomes Phoenix Jones by night, complete with the requisite “super suit.

Go find the climbable public art statue of a one-eyed Troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle under the bridge at North Street and Troll Avenue North.

Seattle’s Panama Hotel is an historic B&B that provides a powerful glimpse into the lives of Japanese-Americans relegated to WWII's internment camps

The Official Bad Art Museum of Art (also known by the acronym “OBAMA”) is located inside Cafe Racer in Seattle. Black velvet paintings, paint-by-numbers, children with big eyes, dogs playing poker – it’s got it all.

Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet has the highest per capita ballet attendance in the country.

Second only to New York City, Seattle has the most live music performances in the USA.

Our hashtag throughout the summit is #ArtPlaceSummit. For more details and live updates go to the ArtPlace Summit Guidebook App.