As Seattle continues to change, we talked to art makers and leaders in the city to find out how they are dealing with Seattle's transformation.

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Population boom, soaring rents, traffic. Seattle’s growth has affected everyone in the city — and that includes artists. For this year’s Fall Arts report, we surveyed art makers and leaders — opera singers, comedians, directors, b-boys, musicians, choreographers, graffiti artists and more — about how they’re dealing with Seattle’s shifting ground.

What makes them anxious? What makes them hopeful? What will Seattle’s cultural landscape look like when the dust settles? Find their answers here.

— Jennifer Sokolowsky

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How Seattle’s growing pains are impacting the arts scene

The high cost of living, changing demographics, even traffic are shaping the future of the city’s arts communities.

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Seattle visual artists paint an ambivalent picture of the future — but are determined to survive

Community decries city’s unaffordability, lack of interest from newcomers.

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Seattle dance community takes leap of faith amid city’s changes

Contemporary dance seeks a new generation of donors, while ballet focuses on attracting younger audiences.

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Seattle live-music clubs feel the burn from red-hot real-estate market

While business is generally steady, local music venues face threats from development and rent increases.

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Rent hikes, transit issues take center stage for Seattle theater scene

For decades, Seattle has been a magnet for theater people who want to play with new and weird ideas. Can it afford to stay that way amid the city’s dramatic growth?

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Five stage performances to check out this fall »

Seattle classical-music, opera groups shake off dust to capture new audiences

The city’s increased wealth equals more ticket holders, but the higher cost of living puts the squeeze on musicians.

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Classical and opera performances to watch this fall »

Seattle growth brings hits, misses for comedy clubs

Higher density can mean increased foot traffic for shows, but construction disruption is no joke.

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