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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...
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...
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...
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...
Otieno Terry on Creative Justice

Otieno Terry on Creative Justice

Creative Justice is 4Culture’s new arts-based alternative to incarceration for King County youth. Singer-songwriter, producer, and teaching artist, Otieno Terry, led the 2nd project session of our inaugural year of programming. Otieno believes that music strongly influences the minds of young people and uses his art to inspire positivity, self-confidence, discipline, and healing. From March 23rd...
A Local Odyssey of Epic Proportions

A Local Odyssey of Epic Proportions

The Seattle Times Literacy Fund, Newspapers In Education program partnered with Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project to develop The World War II Odyssey of King County’s Japanese Americans, an eight-page full color educational supplement originally published in The Seattle Times on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The supplement tells the story of Japanese Americans’ involuntary...
Poetry, Music and Love - on the bus at Folklife

Poetry, Music and Love – on the bus at Folklife

The Poetry on Buses Roadshow is on! We’re looking forward to the poetry reading + workshop coming up at Bellevue Library on May 9. The next stop: Folklife, the regional Memorial Day festival now in its 44th year. This year, Folklife is celebrating the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Northwest.  Amos Miller, curator of...
Free Resource for Artists: Lynda.com

Free Resource for Artists: Lynda.com

Tory Franklin , artist, teacher and collaborator, is currently working with sister Eroyn Franklin on a public artwork for Harborview in the form of digital designs for vinyl window graphics. 4Culture asked Tory to share information about a new (free) resource  available through the King County and Seattle Library systems. Artists today use technology extensively....
Advancing Collections Care

Advancing Collections Care

2015 Heritage Collections Care is Now Open The grants application round for 4Culture’s 2015 Heritage Collections Care is now open. The deadline is Wednesday, June 24th at 5pm. This grant opportunity provides funding for the care and preservation of historical collections held in the public trust. Eligible applicants are nonprofit heritage and historical organizations, such...
WebFuzzy + Change is Hard

WebFuzzy + Change is Hard

WebFuzzy is a monthly post by 4Culture staff who are interested in sharing the process of our website redesign by explaining our steps, showing our designs and marveling in our messy mistakes. Free Love When I first began building websites in 2000, if you could dream it up, you could put it online. I had...
2015 AKCHO Awards Celebrate County’s Heritage Highlights

2015 AKCHO Awards Celebrate County’s Heritage Highlights

Since 1983, the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) has held an annual event to recognize those who have made significant and memorable contributions to King County’s heritage community. The public is warmly invited to help celebrate the 2015 honorees at the AKCHO Awards Program, which will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-8:30...
We’ve Only Just Begun…

We’ve Only Just Begun…

Creative Justice is 4Culture’s new arts-based alternative to incarceration for King County youth. Writer, musician, actor, and teaching artist, Shontina Vernon is leading the inaugural project session and working with 12 participants to tell their stories through interdisciplinary performance, new media, and poetic narrative. One by one they trickle in. Some days joyful and engaged,...