Photo by Robert Wade.

September brings a new season, new projects, new deadlines, and a new face at 4Culture! Please join us in welcoming Chieko Phillips as our Heritage Support Specialist.

Chieko is a self-described “history nerd,” and she has an impressive background to back it up. Most recently, she served as Executive Director at, an incredibly rich online resource for exploring the history of people of African ancestry around the world, and as the Public Program Curator at the Photographic Center NW. She has also worked at the Northwest African American Museum, the United Negro College Fund, and received her Master’s Degree in Museology from the University of Washington. She’s headed up or worked on dozens of heritage projects around the region, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

Now that Chieko has arrived, our Heritage team—Brian J. Carter joined us in March as our Heritage Lead—is poised to make some exciting things happen in King County! Stay tuned to see what they come up with in the coming months.