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Saving Landmarks: Bond-Funded Support for Culture Includes Historic Preservation

Saving Landmarks: Bond-Funded Support for Culture Includes Historic Preservation

There’s new money for old buildings in King County. A portion of King County’s recently announced BUILDING FOR CULTURE investment in our local cultural infrastructure will be dedicated to rejuvenating historic places. Stewards of designated landmark sites and structures can apply to 4Culture’s Saving Landmarks...
Why Building for Culture Matters: A Message from Our Executive Director

Why Building for Culture Matters: A Message from Our Executive Director

On Thursday, July 16, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a major investment in Cultural Facilities in partnership with 4Culture. King County will issue $20 million in bonds backed by Lodging Tax revenues to support capital projects throughout King County. The program is called Building for...
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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 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 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 the...
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...
Saving Landmarks: Bond-Funded Support for Culture Includes Historic Preservation

Saving Landmarks: Bond-Funded Support for Culture Includes Historic Preservation

There’s new money for old buildings in King County. A portion of King County’s recently announced BUILDING FOR CULTURE investment in our local cultural infrastructure will be dedicated to rejuvenating historic places. Stewards of designated landmark sites and structures can apply to 4Culture’s Saving Landmarks program for help with major rehabilitation or acquisition. Awards will...
Why Building for Culture Matters: A Message from Our Executive Director

Why Building for Culture Matters: A Message from Our Executive Director

On Thursday, July 16, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a major investment in Cultural Facilities in partnership with 4Culture. King County will issue $20 million in bonds backed by Lodging Tax revenues to support capital projects throughout King County. The program is called Building for Culture. The 1990s are remembered as a boom time for...
Dispatches from the Washington Museum Association Conference

Dispatches from the Washington Museum Association Conference

Museum conferences can be great places to connect with and be inspired by colleagues, and they’re often the starting point for exciting projects. What begins as a hallway conversation can evolve into an exhibit or program. Of course, conferences are often expensive. In recognizing the value of professional development to our region’s cultural organizations, this...
A Challenge from Artist Gabriela Denise Frank

A Challenge from Artist Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank, is a multi-disciplinary artist whose current work focuses on topics including identity, family, self-image and aging. She is a 2014 and 2015 4Culture Art Projects recipient and we asked her to share a bit about her latest entitled, Ugly Me. Summer is when we loosen up, let down our hair, and in that regard, I have embraced...