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The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence

Three Giant Steps forward for Historic Preservation Just in time for Preservation Month 2015, 4Culture is excited to report significant progress on three high profile preservation efforts. All three are classic examples of small communities coming together to save places that are deeply meaningful to them, even if it takes years. The Mukai Farm and...
A Maritime Heritage Area for King County

A Maritime Heritage Area for King County

Celebrating our ties to the sea This week the King County Council unanimously designated the publicly accessible saltwater shoreline, the Ship Canal, and Lake Union as a “County Maritime Heritage Area.” What is a heritage area, anyway? The concept is borrowed from the “National Heritage Areas” Program, through which nationally significant landscapes are recognized by...
2014 Vets Restore Begins in September!

2014 Vets Restore Begins in September!

Announcing the 2014 VR Program, New Students & Industry Affiliates 4Culture is happy to announce that Vets Restore 2014 will begin mid-September. Welcome to a great new group of trainees. Our cadre of recruits includes both men and women, Army and Navy veterans, bringing a wide skill base and varied carpentry experience. 4Culture staff will...
Vets Restore welcomes the Rafn Company: Our newest Affiliate

Vets Restore welcomes the Rafn Company: Our newest Affiliate

Vets Restore partners are extremely proud to announce that the Rafn Company has joined our team as a Construction Industry Affiliate. A huge thank-you to Rafn for making this visible commitment to the returning veterans of King County. “We are honored to be a part of the Vet Restore Program to help our returning veterans,”...
VETS RESTORE: Round Two

VETS RESTORE: Round Two

“Being part of the Vets Restore program last summer was fantastic. Not only was I learning a trade and working with my hands, but I was doing this with other veterans. Carpentry is a team sport, so a sense of camaraderie was built quickly.” Scott Carlson, USMC 2013 Vets Restore graduate Countdown to a second...
Another FIRST for Historic Preservation in King County

Another FIRST for Historic Preservation in King County

Announcing 4Culture’s Inaugural Preservation Sustained Support Awardees This week the 4Culture Board formally approved funding for preservation-based organizations from around King County. Arts and Heritage groups countywide have long benefitted from 4Culture’s Sustained Support funding, which provides a predictable level of annual revenue for operations.  Now for the first time, non-profits, public development authorities, and...
Vets Restore is Gearing Up for 2014!

Vets Restore is Gearing Up for 2014!

4Culture is very excited to launch a second year of VETS RESTORE in 2014, a program offering training, mentoring, and job placement guidance for returning veterans in preservation carpentry. Participants in the program learn to restore and rehabilitate historic building stock, with new a mission to conserve the built environment and preserve American heritage for...
Vets Restore: Ceremony Honors First Group of Graduating Veterans

Vets Restore: Ceremony Honors First Group of Graduating Veterans

Three King County veterans have successfully completed Vets Restore, a pilot program that offers training, paid internships, and career guidance for veterans in the historic building preservation trades. Graduates were honored at a ceremony and reception on September 17th at the historic Dearborn House in Seattle. US Military veterans Scott Carlson of Issaquah, Sergio Cruz...
Sustained Support for Historic Preservation is Now Available

Sustained Support for Historic Preservation is Now Available

4Culture is expanding its biennial operating support for King County cultural organizations to include groups and municipalities’ with a core mission of historic preservation. The NEW Preservation Sustained Support program offers predictable levels of funding for nonprofit organizations, public development authorities, and cities with dedicated staffing, programming, and outreach focused on historic preservation. Organizations whose...
VETS RESTORE Goes Live!

VETS RESTORE Goes Live!

Classes begin at the Wood Technology Center Four King County-based veterans have just secured coveted spots in the first round of Vets Restore, a new initiative that offers training, mentoring, and job placement guidance for local veterans in preservation carpentry. This year’s Vets Restore participants have already had some construction experience during or prior to...
This Place Matters Event @ Mukai

This Place Matters Event @ Mukai

Saturday, June 1, 1-4pm 107th Ave. SW, one block south of Bank Rd., Vashon Island Celebrate the historic Mukai Farm and Garden with Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, Friends of Mukai, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 4Culture, & Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association. Paul Dorpat, Jean Sherrard and others will be on hand to help celebrate this remarkable...
Vets Restore

Vets Restore

Connecting Veterans with Places back Home 4Culture is delighted to announce the launch of Vets Restore, an initiative that offers training, mentoring, and job placement guidance for returning vets in preservation carpentry. About 1000 military men and women are returning to King County each year.  They are separating from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and...