4Culture News

Guest Post: Summer of Virtual Internships

To offer a capacity-building and professional development opportunity during the pandemic, our Heritage department implemented the King County Heritage Virtual Internship Program as a 3-month virtual program. Three host organizations were selected through a competitive panel process in early 2021: StoryBoards in Sammamish, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle, and the Kenmore Heritage Society. Interns have been working on their projects since June; as they near the end of the program, we asked them to share what their experience has been like this summer.

Continue Reading ›

Meet the 2021 Arc Artist Fellows

Our Arc Artist Fellowship provides critical—but rare—unrestricted funding to a new and unique cohort of King County artists every year. The six 2021 Fellows are all between the ages of 18 and 25 and are creating art that challenges structures of power in the global fight for social justice. Here’s your chance to meet this incredible group! Join us for a two-part virtual showcase to hear from each artist about their work:

Continue Reading ›

Sustained Support Program Update

For those of you who are current Sustained Support recipients or interested in applying to 4Culture’s Sustained Support program for funding in 2022, we want to let you know of some significant, temporary changes to the program. We historically have been, and will continue to be, deeply committed to supporting the cultural sector with operating funds. With this year’s significant reduction of the lodging taxes that make 4Culture’s grant programs possible and the approval of the American Rescue Plan Act, operating support will look different in 2021 for funding in 2022.

Continue Reading ›

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!

Continue Reading ›

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:

Continue Reading ›

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.

Continue Reading ›

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 ›