As much as we create art, our arts create us. We cherish them as the best and most universal evidence of our common humanity. They give us the means to understand and share our ideas of what it means to be human and alive. This is our vision: to present performances that help weave our glorious diversity into a shared experience.


The 2,000-seat Concert Hall will delight you with music and dance from the four corners of the world. Beethoven to Bollywood. Ballet to big band. Jazz quartets and string quartets. Classical, contemporary, and country. Torch singers, opera, pop, and blues in the night. Imagine it! Who do you want to see?

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In the heart of downtown Bellevue. At the sweet spot for regional access by either road or rail. Perfectly situated in a vibrant urban environment. An easy stroll to hundreds of retail stores, dozens of dining options, and thousands of free parking spots. Tateuchi Center will be the jewel in the crown of a downtown like no other in the nation.

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Why Now

The Eastside is coming of age. Few places in the nation present a clearer picture of what will define successful communities in this emerging century: diverse, educated, engaged, creative, green, and economically extroverted. But we’re missing the great cultural heart that will complete the picture.

Tateuchi Center is a legacy in the making. For our children—and our children’s children—it’s time to seize the momentum created by the City of Bellevue’s recent $20 million investment and finish the job!


No magic wand can materialize a dream like Tateuchi Center. It’s taken 10 years of hard work, faith, and investment by thousands of donors, volunteers, board members, public officials, architects, engineers, and theater professionals. There is an old saying that “the gift is the measure of the giver.” If so, then Tateuchi Center will be an enduring monument to all of them.

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City Council forms citizens groups to study need, locations, size, etc. Many committees and studies follow during next 14 years, all agree with need.


Bellevue Arts Commission and City Council endorse PACE plan to build in downtown Bellevue.


The Kemper Freeman family donates an ideal site; Performing Arts Center Eastside is incorporated as a nonprofit.

2006 - 2010

Design and engineering developed by Pfeiffer Partners Architects and a team of 60, led by Executive Director John Haynes and the PACE building committee. Permits issued in 2010.


A gift of $6 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pays for design and engineering.


The Tateuchi Foundation makes a $25 million naming gift, one of the largest of its kind in Pacific Northwest history.


City of Bellevue pledges $20 million.


The Arakawa Family pledges $20 million to name the Arakawa Concert Hall.