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We Love the Junction: Preservation Grants at Work

We Love the Junction: Preservation Grants at Work

As our region rides its biggest boom cycle since the 19th century Gold Rush and construction cranes fill our skies, many communities are coming together to figure out ways to grow and change while also preserving the historic character of our neighborhoods. What does that work actually look like in action? Often, preserving a historically significant building...
Guest Post: Providing Access in South King County

Guest Post: Providing Access in South King County

Led by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture provides South King County, arts, heritage, and botanical organizations with networking opportunities, advocacy support, and professional development. Here, Barbara provides an update on a recent meeting designed to help the group’s members improve their services and engagement with the public: At a recent meeting, our topic was access—we put together a panel...
Guest Post: “The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop” Hits a National Stage

Guest Post: “The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop” Hits a National Stage

Jazmyn Scott and Aaron Walker-Loud partnered with the Museum of History & Industry to curate and present The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop, an exhibit celebrating the people, places, and events that make up one of our region’s most vibrant cultural communities. The exhibit ran from September 19, 2015 through May 1, 2016. We at 4Culture were...
Guest Post: Northwest Seaport Expands

Guest Post: Northwest Seaport Expands

Nathaniel Howe is the Executive Director of Northwest Seaport, an organization dedicated to preserving the rich maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Their floating fleet at Lake Union Park just received a new addition: I am very proud to announce that we are expanding our historic fleet, which presently includes the tugboat Arthur Foss of...
Guest Post: Celebrating Filipino-American Elders

Guest Post: Celebrating Filipino-American Elders

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks, and has had her poetry and essays featured in several publications. She received a 2015 Art Projects grant supporting her work on a collection of in-progress poetry. This Friday, she’ll read from her manuscript alongside other Filipino-American writiers at a location that deepens and enriches our understanding of...
Historic Hansen Building Gets Seismic Retrofit

Historic Hansen Building Gets Seismic Retrofit

After announcing and awarding an unprecedented $28 million investment in King County’s cultural infrastructure last year, we’re excited to see funded projects underway all over the county. Saving Landmarks was a portion of Building for Culture funds specifically dedicated to preserving our region’s invaluable built environment, and last month we saw it in action in...
King County's Essential Tools: Equipment Grant Recipients

King County’s Essential Tools: Equipment Grant Recipients

When you take an art class, see a play, or check out an exhibit, it can be easy to overlook all the tools that go into making those experiences possible—but for the organizations who put them on, equipment is critical. Through our Cultural Equipment grant, we help fund the things that get used day-in and...
Restored: Hori Furoba at the Neely Mansion

Restored: Hori Furoba at the Neely Mansion

After years of planning and investment, the Neely Mansion Association recently unveiled the restored Hori Furoba, one of the few known examples of an extant Japanese-style bath house built by Japanese Americans in this country. With partial funding from 4Culture, the Association was able to develop and implement a preservation plan for the bath house,...
It's Delicious! Writer Katherine Pryor on working with King County schools

It’s Delicious! Writer Katherine Pryor on working with King County schools

Katherine Pryor, MA, is the author of the children’s books Zora’s Zucchini and Sylvia’s Spinach. In addition to writing, she’s worked to create better food choices at institutions, large corporations, and food banks. Learn more at KatherinePryor.com, or on Twitter or Instagram @readyourgreens. I’ve considered myself a writer since I was seven years old, so...
Landmarks Capital Awards Announced

Landmarks Capital Awards Announced

4Culture’s 2016 Landmarks Capital program will support a diverse array of projects to revitalize historic places across King County. This year, among 42 applicants, seven were new to the program. Twelve applicants were recommended for funding, with awards ranging from $14,471 to $30,000. Landmarks Capital grants go towards design, materials, and labor to repair and...
Announcing 2016 Projects Grant Recipients

Announcing 2016 Projects Grant Recipients

We kick off every year with our Projects grants. They fund a staggering range of work by individuals and organizations in arts, heritage, and historic preservation, and they set in motion a lot of fantastic King County cultural experiences for the upcoming year! The February and March deadlines brought almost 500 applications, with a large percentage...
Washington Hall Reopening

Washington Hall Reopening

On Wednesday, June 1, Historic Seattle will mark the reopening of Washington Hall with a free celebration hosted in conjunction with anchor partner organizations 206 Zulu, Hidmo, and Voices Rising. From 5:00—8:00 pm, all are invited to visit the newly restored Hall and enjoy music and light refreshments. “Washington Hall has served a cross-section of...