The B-Town Beat is a nonprofit group that was founded in early 2013 by a group of Burien residents and business owners who believe that music and art are valuable assets that can used to build a thriving community and strong local economy. The group launched two programs in 2013, the B-Town Music & Art Walk and the Art Alley project.
The B-Town Beat Music & Art Walk is an event that takes place on the first Thursday of nearly every month through the year. Local businesses and venues in downtown Burien host music or art and sometimes both! Participants are encouraged to visit all 20-30 venues participating during the event. In early 2015 we'll be launching our third season of the Music & Art Walk.
The Art Alley project is located between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue S.W. in the S.W. 152nd Street Alley in Burien. Our concept is to take an underutilized space and use art to encourage transition from a space where less desirable activity takes place because of it being hidden away from the general public, to a place that is both a community center and economic driver. Using funding secured through grants and donations, the B-Town Beat brings in both local and traveling artists from around the world to paint rotating murals. Artists donate their work and time and the B-Town Beat funds their supplies. We are in the process of planning an event for mid-summer 2015 to demonstrate the progress that has been made in the alley just by introducing art to the space.
The benefits of a vibrant arts community are directly linked to increased jobs, economic growth and high quality of life that will position Burien to flourish with a thriving community and strong local economy.
Thanks for reading about us and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!