4Culture News

Congratulations, 2021 Projects Grant Awardees!

Monique Franklin will  use 4Culture Project grant funds to relaunch her preschool arts program Inspired Child Virtuoso Artist Labs, producing free virtual classes. Photo courtesy of Monique Franklin, 2021.

Doing cultural work amidst a global pandemic is no easy feat. King County creatives of all disciplines have faced closures, loss of work, and uncertainty—and we at 4Culture are navigating COVID-19-related financial challenges as well. Throughout it all the cultural sector’s creativity shines through undiminished, and that’s especially evident in our 2021 Projects grant awardees!

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Ways to Learn, Celebrate, and Act this Juneteenth

NIle's Edge Healing Arts will host a walking meditation this Juneteenth. See post for details. Photo courtesy of Sadiqua Iman.

This year, Washington State recognized Juneteenth as a paid state holiday after the dedicated advocacy of many. This day is commemorated on June 19 as a day of remembrance for the day enslaved African-Americans living in Texas learned of their freedom. The new law also encourages Washingtonians to use the day to revisit our solidarity and commitment to antiracism, educate ourselves about slave history, and continue having conversations that uplift every Washingtonian. Here are some ways to do that:

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Letter from the Director: Information about Our 2021 Budget

As many of you are aware, most of the grant funds 4Culture distributes to the cultural sector come from King County Lodging Taxes. These tax proceeds are generated whenever people stay in local hotels and motels. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current economic recession, people are understandably not staying in hotels and motels with the same frequency. As a result, 4Culture recently learned that it will receive significantly less Lodging Tax revenue than anticipated in 2021. This does not impact 4Culture’s Public Art program, which is funded through a separate revenue source.

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Andrea Wilbur-Sigo: Reflection + Metamorphosis

Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, the property includes a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Continue Reading ›

Artist Team Selected for Jameson Building Project

Images (from top left, top right to bottom): Conditional Reflections, 2008, Pool House Number 3, Denver, CO; Looking Through the Past, 2010, Tempe History Museum, Tempe, AZ; Setting the Tables, 2014, sbX Green Line Transit Stations, San Bernardino, CA. Photos by Russell Rock.

We are happy to announce UrbanRock Design as the artist team selected to work with 4Culture and our partners at the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD). Based in Los Angeles, California, UrbanRock Design is the collaborative partnership of Jeanine Centuori and Russell Rock who have experience working on a range of public projects in a breadth of materials. The artist team will create a site-specific public artwork as part of the new Jameson building in the Interbay Industrial Area of Seattle, Washington.

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Additional Cultural Relief Funds from King County

On September 1, the King County Council approved an additional $2 million in CARES Act funding to 4Culture’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. We thank King County Executive Constantine and the Council for this critical support. This amounts to $4 million to 4Culture in 2020 to distribute to the cultural sector in this time of persistent crisis.

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