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Pomegranate Center’s mission is to bring people together to build stronger communities. Based in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, we serve places small and large, rural and metropolitan, throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our unique style of collaborative work combines artistic vision with broad and inclusive civic participation, hands-on learning and leadership development, and the transformation of underused areas into thriving spaces.

Realizing that a certain magic happens when art and community join forces, Founder Milenko Matanovic left a successful art career and turned his energy toward starting the Pomegranate Center in 1986. After 30 years of creating gathering places with hundreds of communities, we shifted our focus from building to a combination of building and teaching. Through intensive training programs, we are creating a network of Pomegranate Partners across the nation. By leveraging each project as an opportunity to transfer our knowledge and share the Pomegranate Method for community engagement, we can help more communities and in deeper, longer-lasting ways.

Through training, designing, and building alongside leaders and community members, we make neighborhoods more livable, sustainable, just, and socially engaged. Our work is based on the core values of strong communities of place, collective creativity, and multiple victories where the best ideas solve more than one problem at the same time.