4Culture is thrilled to have been awarded $10,000 from the Washington State Arts Commission for a Wallace Foundation-funded Arts Participation Leadership Initiative. The initiative is designed to help foster arts engagement with young and culturally diverse audiences in King County, working with our local arts agencies, particularly the Tukwila Arts Commission and City of SeaTac.
4Culture’s application proposed to create a pilot project for cultural engagement in Tukwila, WA, dovetailing with the great work of our friends at the Cascade Land Conservancy who are creating a community garden in partnership with local immigrant populations, Foster High School, land owners and a local food bank. By connecting to the organizations, neighborhood leaders and citizens involved in this project, we hope to engage with residents of Tukwila and ask them: 1) What are you already doing that is related to arts/culture; 2) What do you want to be doing?; 3) How can we help?
Our goals with the arts participation leadership initiative are to: 1) Systematically improve young and culturally diverse residents’ opportunities for self-expression and visibility within the context of community planning; 2) Model ways to build and strengthen connections between King County Local Arts Agencies and their young and diverse population; 3) Model ways to build and strengthen our LAA communication channels with others engaged in geographic community development and planning.
Sunrise Over Tukwila, Washington, USA, Image Courtesy Brewbooks, Flickr