4Culture News

Announcing Awardees of Sustained Support and Recovery Fund for Organizations

Since May 2021 when King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council showed their support of our region’s cultural sector in the form of a $9.4 million appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund, we’ve been working to get those dollars to those in our field who need it most via our Recovery Fund. We’re now delighted to share the King County cultural organizations who have received funding!

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Restoration of Brightwater Artwork in 2022

Andrea Wilbur-Sigo. Grandfather’s Wisdom, 2012/2022. Carved and painted cedar. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

Continuing her work to restore Grandfather’s Wisdom, the large-scale sculptural installation at Brightwater Treatment Plant near Woodinville, artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo recently welcomed the Longhouse back to her studio. In 2020 the artist recreated the project’s paddles in red cedar. Now focusing her attention on the surface and longevity of the longhouse, Wilbur-Sigo will be both re-carving and re-painting as needed. The new longhouse is expected to return to the site in late 2022.

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New Year, New TAR Artists!

4Culture is happy to introduce great King County talent joining the Touring Arts Roster in 2022. After a live audition at Carco Theatre, nine new performing artists were juried into our lineup by a peer panel composed of presenters and local arts agency administrators. Spend some time visiting their profile pages and keep them in mind when planning your upcoming events!

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Guest Post: How a 4Culture Grant Turned Me into a Teacher

Josh Tuininga is an author, artist, and designer based in North Bend, Washington and is a recipient of our 2020 Heritage Grant and Art Projects grants. His latest project is a historical graphic novel set in the multicultural Seattle Central District of the 1940s which explores the unique situation of Japanese and Jewish Americans living side by side during World War II. The project has been picked up by Abrams Comic Arts and will be released in Spring of 2023.

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Guest Post: Exhibit Reimagined 20 Years Later

In this joint post, curators Maggie Kase at the Log House Museum and Heidi Bohan from the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center share the history behind the new exhibit The Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story, which was supported by 4Culture grants:

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After 30 Years, Silhouettes and Cutups Finds a New Home

Cris Bruch. Silhouettes and Cutups (detail), 1989. Corten steel. Vashon, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

King County Metro’s Northgate Transit Center opened to the public on June 6, 1992. Artist Cris Bruch was a member of the original design team. He worked closely with architects Zimmer Gunsul Frasca of Portland and Barbara Oakrock of Seattle to influence the overall look and feel of the site. In addition, he created fifteen free-standing Corten steel sculptures for the urban landscape – eight larger animal silhouettes and seven smaller animal cutouts. These Silhouettes and Cutups represent his first-ever public commission.

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