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Guest Post: Greg Ruby Rediscovers a Jazz Pioneer

Guest Post: Greg Ruby Rediscovers a Jazz Pioneer

In 2015, I received funding from both 4Culture Heritage Projects and 4Culture Arts Projects to preserve, interpret, and promote musical compositions created by Seattle jazz pioneer Frank D. Waldron, one of the most important figures in early Seattle jazz. Born in 1890, Waldron settled in Seattle in 1907, and by 1912 was performing throughout the...
Stephanie Guerra: Stories Unlocked

Stephanie Guerra: Stories Unlocked

Rob Ellis, 1/365 I think I’ve got too much time on my hands?, Digital Photograph. (cc) 2011   Stephanie Guerra was awarded an Art Projects grant for her project, Stories Unlocked, an ongoing publication of writing by students incarcerated in King County Juvenile Detention Center and at-risk teens in our region. Here Stephanie shares why she does this work and why these...
People of the Central Area Series

People of the Central Area Series

The Honorable Richard A. Jones grew up a block from Garfield High School, attended Seattle University and the University of Washington, and served his state as a lawyer, prosecutor, and King County and Federal Judge. As part of the digital project People of the Central Area, he shared his experience growing up in the Central District, and how...
This is What It's All About

This is What It’s All About

Creative Justice is 4Culture’s arts-based alternative to incarceration for King County youth. Spoken-word artist, teaching artist and anti-racist organizer, Nikkita Oliver led the final  project session of our inaugural year of programming. Oliver believes that the power of the arts is in the power of our voices, and works alongside young people, helping them develop creative skills and tell their...
Youngstown Puts Its Preservation Grant to Work

Youngstown Puts Its Preservation Grant to Work

David Bestock has worked as Director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for the last three years, managing everything from facilities, to programs, to community relations. He and his tenacious staff work to ensure that arts and culture, as well as affordable housing and other vital resources, continue to be accessible to all King County residents,...
llluminating the Darkest Days of the Year in South King County

llluminating the Darkest Days of the Year in South King County

SoCoCulture is a coalition of arts, heritage and botanical organizations throughout South King County, all working together to connect King County residents to the cultural vitality of the area. In this guest post, Barbara McMichael shares an exciting roster of South King County activities to fill your holidays: These short days of December would be especially dreary if it...
LGBTQ Activism in Seattle’s Civil Rights and Labor History

LGBTQ Activism in Seattle’s Civil Rights and Labor History

Kevin McKenna, Associate Editor for the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, received funding through 4Culture’s Heritage Projects to complete a new LGBTQ Activism section of this unique internet resource, which will launch this December. He shares with us why he got involved and what kind of resources will be available: This will be...
You are Invited: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs)

You are Invited: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs)

Steve Peters recently premiered an evening-length work of field recordings and improvising musicians with help from a 4Culture 2014-15 Art Projects grant. Canções Profundas (Deep Songs) traces the journey of his Portuguese ancestors from the Azores Islands, and his own journey in search of a lost piece of family history. Steve will perform the piece on Sunday, November 15...
One Hook At A Time: A History

One Hook At A Time: A History

Last year, The Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union, a first time applicant, was awarded funding through 4Culture’s Heritage Projects program to publish a history of the union and commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest. One Hook at a Time, written by Jeff Kahrs and edited by members of the union, brings this captivating and often dangerous...
History at Our Feet: Preserving the Ballard Sidewalk Mosaics

History at Our Feet: Preserving the Ballard Sidewalk Mosaics

Ballard community-member Benson Shaw received a 2015 Preservation Special Projects grant to help save an often-overlooked piece of Seattle history. Find out how the work is going, and learn more about these century-old urban art pieces: Have you ever noticed the cultural assets literally at our feet, embedded in our walkways? Surviving artifacts from earlier...
An Artist's Perspective on the SODO Busway

An Artist’s Perspective on the SODO Busway

The SODO busway spans two miles of 5th Avenue South, welcoming over 43,000 public transit riders into downtown Seattle each weekday. This open-air tunnel of building-backs has the potential to become a vibrant street art experience. 4Culture is convening artists, community-members, and SODO business-owners to begin the process of bringing that dream to life. In July 2015, Gage Hamilton,...
Creative Justice Mentor Artist Daemond Arrindell Embraces Challenge

Creative Justice Mentor Artist Daemond Arrindell Embraces Challenge

With the pilot year of Creative Justice—4Culture’s arts-based alternative to youth incarceration in King County—almost complete, we are reflecting on lessons learned and looking towards the future. We asked Session 3 Mentor Artist, Daemond Arrindell to provide some insight into his experience working with participants and helping to shape this ground-breaking new program. The call...