$215,500 Awarded to Artist Groups

Dancer Victor Tezkatoxtli Rodriguez at Mexica New Year, Photo © Juanito Tonacoatl Ochoa, 2011
Dancer Victor Tezkatoxtli Rodriguez at Mexica New Year, Photo © Juanito Tonacoatl Ochoa, 2011
Dancer Victor Tezkatoxtli Rodriguez at Mexica New Year, Photo © Juanito Tonacoatl Ochoa, 2011
Dancer Victor Tezkatoxtli Rodriguez at Mexica New Year, Photo © Juanito Tonacoatl Ochoa, 2011

66 projects County-wide receive support through the Group Arts Projects program

On May 23rd 4Culture’s Board of Directors approved recommendations from the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee to support 66 artist-generated projects to benefit the citizens of and visitors to our region.

The Group Arts Projects program peer review panel reviewed 123 applications. Project budgets totaled $4,964,040 with requests to 4Culture totaling $712,310. Panelists recommended that 60 organizations receive a total of $215,500 in award funds this year.  The criteria for this program includes: artistic excellence, project feasibility, and the public benefit to the citizens and visitors of King County. A full list of the 2012 Group Arts Projects recipients is available here.

A few projects recommended for funding include:

  • Ameyaltonal Seattle, for the Mexica New Year, a festival traditionally celebrated by indigenous people of Mexico which includes Aztec Dance performance and installation.
  • KeseyPollock, with the South East Seattle Senior Center, will create and present new multimedia work based on life casts of the elders’ bodies and interviews about their lives.
  • Northwest Bookfest 2012, a two day event bringing readers, authors, writers and book lovers together for author panels, writing workshops, performances and vendors highlighting books, stories and literature.
  • Deaf Performing Artists, storytelling and poetry in American Sign Language by well-known deaf performing artists followed by interviews, voiced for non-signers.
  • Zulu Jam: Hip Hop, a monthly all-ages, free community space for families and youth to congregate, dance, interact, do art and build as a community.

The peer panel reviews each application and in addition to the criteria, they carefully consider: the community that will be served, diversity of discipline and style, appropriateness of the budget, accessibility, other funding and support for the project.  This year’s selection panelists:

  • Stephen Elliott, Theatre Manager, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
  • Latha P. Sambamurti, Dancer, Musician and Former Arts Advisory Committee Member, Redmond
  • Heidi Jackson, Strategic Consultant and Producer for independent art, Seattle
  • Marlon Olsen, Recreation Services Coordinator, SeaTac
  • Greg Dole, Photographer, Seattle
  • Matthew Wilkins, Filmmaker, Tukwila

4Culture strives to reach groups and organizations from all parts of the County. From January 11th through March 6th application workshops were conducted in communities throughout King County, including Kent, SeaTac, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Woodinville and Seattle. On-line application guidance was also made available to applicants. Following the March 7th, 2012 deadline, the peer panel was held May 7th, and 8th for applicants applying in the disciplines of visual arts, literature, music, media, dance and theater.

About Group Arts Projects

Each year, local community and art groups create, produce and present some of the most dynamic events in our region. 4Culture’s Group Arts Projects (GAP) program provides emerging and established groups in King County with critical project support for art experiences. Artist partnerships, groups and cooperatives providing quality arts events in all disciplines in every part of the County are encouraged to apply. Eligible project proposals are evaluated by a peer panel on a competitive basis and recommended to the Arts Advisory Committee.

4Culture encourages organizations from across King County providing arts experiences to learn about our opportunities. Bookmark our Opportunities page, where  program deadlines and application links may be found. Anyone can access information about 4Culture’s funding programs by signing up to receive our on-line newsletter, which is emailed out monthly. It provides information about upcoming 4Culture opportunities for artists, such as: Gallery4Culturee4cSite Specific and our Touring Arts Roster as well as opportunities from other organizations and helpful tips from the field. Details on how to sign up are here.