Announcing 4Culture’s 2015 & 2016 Sustained Support Recipients

'Just be your selfie' installation and event, Occidental Park, Seattle © 2014, courtesy of Alliance for Pioneer Square

‘Just be your selfie’ installation and event, Occidental Park, Seattle © 2014, courtesy of Alliance for Pioneer Square

Cultural organizations play a vital role in contributing to community identity and economic development in King County, Washington. In presenting and preserving the unique character of people, places and artistic efforts through events, programming, and activities, these local groups provide context within a rapidly growing and diverse region.

4Culture promotes the missions of these organizations through its Sustained Support programs, which provide consistent levels of support in two-year cycles. This year, the 4Culture Board awarded funding to 355 cultural groups, organizations and cities, totaling $2,200,000 for both 2015 and 2016.

New to the Preservation Sustained Support program this year is the University Heights Center for the Community Association. The UHCCA is a nonprofit committed to preserving the landmarked University Heights Elementary School’s architectural and social history, while supporting educational programs and promoting community development within the neighborhood. With a demonstrated preservation focus, the UHCCA has raised the bar for historic building stewardship, while offering continuous and diverse programming. This program also supports local cities with a strong preservation ordinance, active educational programming and long-standing advocacy focus, including the City of Bothell, Kirkland and Seattle.

This year, Duwamish Tribal Services was again awarded funding through Heritage Sustained Support to promote and share the social, cultural, and political story of the Duwamish Tribe at their Longhouse & Cultural Center. The organization provides storytelling events, traditional dance classes, native markets, and a free museum that focuses on the history of the Duwamish people and their continued significance within today’s society. Other organizations supported through this program are the Wing Luke Museum, MOHAI, the Museum of Flight and community-based heritage societies throughout King County.

Arts organizations make up the largest portion of the Sustained Support awards, and include multi-million dollar institutions like Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony to small, grass-roots groups like 206 Zulu and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. The program seeks to embrace music, theater, film, dance, visual arts, and much more. New recipients this year are the acclaimed small publisher Copper Canyon Press, youth service organization TeenTix, female-driven comics and zine festival Short Run, dance group DAIPANbutoh, Irish music association Ceol Cascadia, and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

To view the full list of Arts, Heritage and Preservation Sustained Support recipients, visit the programs’ webpages and click on the “recipients” tabs.