4Culture News

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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Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Evan Blackwell Commissioned for South County Recycling + Transfer Station

Keith Stevenson and Tyson Simmons, both Muckleshoot, work on ceremonial boards in the Southern Salish style during the seventh History and Cultural Summit held at Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 5. The summit focused on Columbia River Chinookan Art and those who continue its practice. (Photo by Timothy J. Gonzalez/Smoke Signals).

Even as we face great uncertainty, many of King County’s capital projects are moving forward as planned,  and although the ways we commission and create work must shift, we’re thrilled to celebrate some recent triumphs!

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Creative Response: King County Artists Supporting the Community

Kathleen Coyle uses Zoom to host free watercolor classes for seniors isolated as a result of COVID-19.

On April 1, we launched our COVID-19 relief fund for cultural workers, offering both emergency support for essentials like rent, groceries, and healthcare as well as grants for artists who had ideas for creative projects that could help King County residents through the pandemic.

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This Moment

Our commitment to racial equity demands that we say this clearly: the status quo is intolerable. The violence perpetrated against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Charleena Lyles here in King County, and countless others by law enforcement and the white supremacist systems that disregard Black life cannot stand. As an agency that exists to support creativity in King County, we’re ready to play our role in imagining and building a new reality.

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