The Tateuchi Center


 I have supported the creation of a performing arts center on the Eastside for the past 26 years. I look forward to the day I sit in the audience of the Tateuchi Center and see a world-class show here in Bellevue.” — Kemper



The Tateuchi Center - an artists' rendering of the new performing arts center coming to Bellevue

An artists’ rendering of the new Tateuchi Center coming to Bellevue

Bringing a home for the performing arts to Bellevue through the Tateuchi Center has required years of dedication. As far back as 1980, many leaders in Bellevue believed that the community needed its own performing arts center, separate and distinct from anything on the west side of Lake Washington. Kemper was one of those who in 1984 volunteered to lead a public-private partnership to help build such a facility.

The plan supported by Kemper was approved in January 2002 and the Tateuchi Center was born. The unanimous yes vote by the citizens’ advisory committee was subsequently endorsed by the Bellevue City Council. Kemper then announced the donation of land valued at over $8 million. The donation, along with a subsequent gift and Kemper’s involvement as co-chair of the Tateuchi Center’s capital campaign, are helping to ensure theater, dance, and the music of the Seattle Symphony and others will find a state-of-the-art home in Bellevue. The Tateuchi Center will not only bring the best of the performing arts to its two-theater venue in downtown Bellevue, it will enhance and transform the community. Learn more about the Tateuchi Center.