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Last-Minute Tips for Saving Landmarks Funding

Last-Minute Tips for Saving Landmarks Funding

In July, in partnership with the King County Council, we announced the biggest grant program in our history—a $20 million investment will be made in our region’s cultural infrastructure. This one-time program, backed by bonds purchased after the County’s King Dome debt was paid off...
Guest Post: Van Wolfe on VanFest 2015, an Open 4Culture Project

Guest Post: Van Wolfe on VanFest 2015, an Open 4Culture Project

In a region that features dozens of outdoor music festivals every year, Maple Valley’s VanFest is unique. Organized by 21-year-old Van Wolfe, the festival, which took place on August 15, is all about community – it features underground music in an all-ages setting, and profits go...
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Making Art, for Life

Making Art, for Life

Eunice Kim lives and maintains a studio in the Cascade foothills of Ravensdale, a small town located in Southeast King County. For more than a decade, Kim has been committed to a safer, sustainable approach to printmaking that utilizes nontoxic techniques. She is a recipient of a 2015 4Culture Art Projects grant. Here she shares a little about...
Your Art Could Greet Travellers at Sea-Tac Airport

Your Art Could Greet Travellers at Sea-Tac Airport

Whether arriving home, changing planes, or setting off on an international adventure, the Port of Seattle Art Program wants travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to feel a distinctly Northwest sense of place. We’re teaming up with the Port to find two artists or artist teams to help with that goal, by creating site-specific artwork for two highly...
Get Inspired for Tech Specific

Get Inspired for Tech Specific

Our Site Specific Program has been inspiring innovation and reaching new communities since 2005—this year, it’s going tech. Tech Specific invites artists using technological mediums—from old-school to emerging—to apply for funding, and encourages designers, fabricators, engineers, developers, media-producers, and more to see themselves as artists and apply their skills to creative projects! Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations...
Guest Post: Integrating Pioneer Square’s Communities with Michelle de la Vega

Guest Post: Integrating Pioneer Square’s Communities with Michelle de la Vega

This month we open an exciting new season at Gallery4Culture, and today we look ahead to January, when artist Michelle de la Vega will put on a show that responds to the building, architecture and community surrounding the gallery. She shared insights into her process as she works now to prepare: On September 3, during...
Last-Minute Tips for Saving Landmarks Funding

Last-Minute Tips for Saving Landmarks Funding

In July, in partnership with the King County Council, we announced the biggest grant program in our history—a $20 million investment will be made in our region’s cultural infrastructure. This one-time program, backed by bonds purchased after the County’s King Dome debt was paid off earlier than anticipated, will help create and renovate large, small,...
Close to $4 million in Grants for 2015

Close to $4 million in Grants for 2015

As summer comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to look at and share what our Arts, Heritage and Preservation departments have funded during the first half of 2015. 4Culture staff are proud to administer grant programs that support the critical role culture plays in defining our region. Here’s the breakdown: We kicked off...
Guest Post: Van Wolfe on VanFest 2015, an Open 4Culture Project

Guest Post: Van Wolfe on VanFest 2015, an Open 4Culture Project

In a region that features dozens of outdoor music festivals every year, Maple Valley’s VanFest is unique. Organized by 21-year-old Van Wolfe, the festival, which took place on August 15, is all about community – it features underground music in an all-ages setting, and profits go to the Maple Valley Food Bank. We helped fund VanFest through...
September Opens a New Season of Shows at Gallery4Culture

September Opens a New Season of Shows at Gallery4Culture

SEPTEMBER AT GALLERY4CULTURE Sadie Wechsler: Part I: Redo September 3 – 24, 2015 Opening reception: First Thursday, September 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Gallery4Culture kicks off the fall season with Part I: Redo by Seattle-based artist Sadie Wechsler, a body of photographs that presents an off-kilter world. Subtly deceptive setups and faintly discordant elements feed...
Piper’s Orchard Tours & Call for Volunteers from Artist Shin Yu Pai

Piper’s Orchard Tours & Call for Volunteers from Artist Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai is a poet and photographer whose current work focuses on place-based writing, installation, and public art. She has received two 4Culture Art Projects grants, as well as a Heritage Project Award. She was awarded funding from Art Projects in 2015 for HEIRLOOM, which she shares a bit about with us here. Throughout this summer, I’ve...
Cubix-Fremont Artists Want to Hear from the Neighborhood

Cubix-Fremont Artists Want to Hear from the Neighborhood

Wednesday and Thursday, September 9 and 10, 4:00—7:00 pm Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am—1:00 pm Fremont PCC Natural Market, 600 N 34th St Of all Seattle’s distinctive neighborhoods, none seems to have more iconic symbols than Fremont—bridges, trolls, statues, a year-round market, its own coat of arms and catchphrase. Artists Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan...
Poetry on Buses Reading at 5th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon

Poetry on Buses Reading at 5th Annual Celebrate Little Saigon

August 22, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 1200 S Jackson St Poetry reading at 12:30 pm The 2014 Poetry on Buses program began as an open invitation to explore the poetry of home — on the bus, online, and in the community. “What does ‘Writing Home’ mean to you?,” we asked. We wanted to...
Plant 2015 at Jack Block Park, from Artist Jordan West Monez

Plant 2015 at Jack Block Park, from Artist Jordan West Monez

Jordan West Monez is a multi-disciplinary designer who received funding through our Historic Site Specific program – below, Jordan shares more about her project. In 2016, the Site Specific program will be tech-focused – the deadline to apply is October 15, 2015.  Plant 2015 has been installed at the Port of Seattle’s Jack Block Park and at Boeing Plant...