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Storefront Media at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Storefront Media artists' work playing on the Digital Display at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation © 2014 4Culture. Photo by Andrew Pogue

Every day, our Storefront Media Gallery screens showcase dynamic media art from all over the United States to the thousands of commuters who pass by our Pioneer Square offices on Prefontaine Place South. We’re excited to continue a long-running partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring this urban art experience to another Seattle neighborhood! Pass by their media screen, located at 500 Fifth Avenue North, to encounter these works, selected from applicants to the Storefront Media Gallery program:

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Presenting at WaMA? Stipends are Available!

The Washington Museum Association (WaMA) was established to represent and serve museums of all types and sizes throughout Washington State. WaMA offers an annual conference for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and idea exchange. The 2020 Washington Museum Association Conference will take place June 17 – 19, 2020 in Olympia, WA. This year’s theme is Museums and Democracy: Advocate, Educate, Participate.

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Guest Post: Bothell’s Downtown Landmark and Historic District Feasibility Study

Main street looking west, Bothell, c.1960. Courtesy of Bothell Historical Museum collection.

The Bothell Landmark Preservation Board (LPB) is a seven-member advisory board tasked with identifying and encouraging the conservation of the city’s historic resources. In addition to maintaining the Bothell Register of Historic Landmarks and reviewing new downtown development, some of their projects include a survey of Bothell’s mid-century resources, their book Bothell Then and Now, and a downtown walking tour. Here, they share how 4Culture fundind has supported those efforts this past year:

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Guest Post: Latino Heritage Sites in King County

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation holds an event at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. Photo by Kristy Conrad.

Revisiting Washington is a web-based update to the 1941 Washington, A Guide to the Evergreen State, published through the Federal Writers’ Project American Guide Series. With support from 4Culture and other unders, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has complemented the original text with new tours focused on Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage, and a tour highlighting sites associated with African-American heritage is in the works for 2020. Here, Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust, provides insight into how the project took shape:

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Artists Selected for the Storefront Media Gallery’s 12th Season

Rachel Lodge, Inhale/Exhale (digital still), 2019.

Our Storefront Media Gallery is a video art exhibition space, displaying dynamic work from across the U.S. to an audience on the go. Comprised of four screens, the Storefront Media Gallery is located in 4Culture’s large windows, facing Prefontaine Place South in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. Two directional speakers are mounted on the exterior of the building, broadcasting sound to passers-by. Artworks are scheduled to play through a playback system, which loops daily from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. The entire program usually rotates about once every hour.

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Heritage for the Holidays

Museum Opening, June 14, 2019, (c) 2019, Highline Historical Society.

If you’re wondering how to spend these cold winter months, you’re in luck—this year brought an influx of incredible new heritage experiences to our region. Across King County, long-planned projects came to life as four much-loved heritage organizations moved collections, installed exhibits, and finally opened the doors to their new facilities.

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Top Tips from 4Culture Grant Managers

Illustration by Eroyn Franklin.

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re getting ready to dive into a new year of grants, starting with Projects, one of our biggest funding programs. We checked in with some our grant managers to find out what advice they have for folks planning to apply this coming year. Even though the grants they manage all differ, we heard strong common themes that can help you not only with Projects, but all 4Culture grants—and probably even with grants from other funders. Happy applying!

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Guest Post: Beyond Integrity Intern Tera Williams

A 3-story, brick building is photographed from across the street. The building has bay windows on the 2nd and 3rd floors and a storefront with a sign reading "VAIN" on the ground floor. The building is surrounded by high rise buildings with glass windows.
Vain Building, Seattle, photo by Tera Williams, all rights reserved.

Through annual internships, we support research on King County historic properties to inform the work of our Beyond Integrity group—visit that page to explore the work of previous interns. This past year, intern Tera Williams tackled surveys and inventories, which are often the first step in identifying significant historic properties in an area. How do local survey methods line up with national standards? Here, she shares about her process and findings:

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