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Fremont Siphon Open House

Sunday, June 18, 11:00 am—3:00 pm
215 NW 36th St, Seattle, WA
Free and open to the public

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Sunday, June 18, 11:00 am—3:00 pm
215 NW 36th St, Seattle, WA
Free and open to the public

4Culture invites you to celebrate the replacement of the Fremont Siphon and meet artist Perri Howard as she introduces Streamline, a work of art that illuminates the steadfast presence of the Siphon, working from day to night, wet to dry, and season to season. There will be children’s activities, self-guided tours and ribbon cutting at 11:30 am. Perri Howard and 4Culture’s Public Art Director Cath Brunner will be on hand to answer your questions about the work of art.

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Guest Post: NET National Convening Comes to Seattle

NET National Gathering in Fayette, Maine, August 2015.

4Culture is proud to help fund the upcoming annual convening of Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), which is headed to Seattle for its first national event in the Pacific Northwest! Here, the NET team shares a bit about what to expect:

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4Culture is proud to help fund the upcoming annual convening of Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), which is headed to Seattle for its first national event in the Pacific Northwest! Here, the NET team shares a bit about what to expect:

Founded in the mid-1990s by a small group of ensemble theaters, NET has grown into a vibrant national community of over 350 ensembles, affiliate organizations, individuals, and students from multiple performance disciplines. Current NET members from the Seattle area include Akropolis Performance Lab, Fantastic.Z Theatre, Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, The Satori Group, theater simple, and UMO Ensemble.

In partnership with our local host, University of Washington School of Drama, Past Forward: 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium will bring together NET members, artists, co-creators, practitioners, educators, scholars, students, activists, organizers, funders, policy-makers, and others from around the country with an interest in collaborative creation across disciplines and sectors. We invite you to join us June 22—25 for a jam-packed weekend of workshops, panels, performances, off-site outings, parties, networking, and more.

To celebrate NET’s past 20 years of expanding ensemble practice, Past Forward will honor the diversity of the ensemble movement’s powerful legacy and collectively imagine our way to what’s next. Topics include:

    • Artistic lineage and legacy in the ensemble movement.
    • Resonance between Indigenous knowledge and cultures and ensemble-based approaches.
    • Enhanced storytelling through immersive media and emerging technologies.
    • Art and community collaborations addressing xenophobia and building empathy.
    • Collaborative practice and collective action in movement and network building.

Of special interest to locals, we are offering three pre-conference sessions on Thursday, June 22, and a limited number of partially-subsidized registrations for attendees from within King County, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, and for more information, please visit our website!

Event details:
What: Past Forward: 2017 NET National Gathering and Symposium
When: June 22—25, 2017
Where: University of Washington School of Drama, and other locations around Seattle Center and the International District

Past Forward is made possible, in part, through the support and participation of: Host Partner (University of Washington School of Drama), Event Sponsors (National Endowment for the Arts, 4 Culture), and Community Partners (Artist Trust, Cornish College of the Arts, On the Boards, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture).

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Murray Wet Weather Facility Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am—12:00 pm
7018 Beach Drive SW, Seattle, WA
Free and open to the public

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Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am—12:00 pm
7018 Beach Drive SW, Seattle, WA
Free and open to the public

4Culture invites you to celebrate the completion of the new Murray Wet Weather Facility and tour Robert Horner’s art work. The facility includes an underground storage tank nestled into the steep slope of the site. Horner’s artwork, a series of terraced rock gardens and rammed earth retaining walls, flanks a public staircase built to connect the view platform at the top of the facility to the beach at Lowman Park. The journey down these stairs provides stunning views of Puget Sound and serves as a metaphor for water’s journey from the Cascades to the shoreline—a journey reflected in the facility, where water is held before it moves onward for filtration and eventual release back into the environment.

Tours of the facility will run every half hour during the celebration beginning at 10:00 am.

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Nights at Washington Hall: Rough Ground

Photo courtesy of Voices Rising.

Friday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
$10—25 on a sliding scale, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

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Friday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
$10—25 on a sliding scale, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Take part in a community workshop-to-performance experience featuring Philadelphia poet Sha’Ifa Mami Watu. Rough Ground is a collection of poems written by Watu—accompanied by music, they are freedom songs. Dancers, vocalists and visual artists are invited to interpret the poems and, in a live performance with the poet, share what they have discovered with an audience. The workshop-to-performance format creates the opportunity for the participating artists, including the poet, to both listen and to be heard. For the audience, the “rough ground” of language and life gains traction through a shared telling of a singular story.

More details can be found on Facebook. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Listen: It’s a Sound Show

Constance DeJong, "Pink Roland." Image courtesy of Emily Pothast.

Saturday, June 3, 6:00—11:00 pm
Equinox Studios, 6555 5th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108

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Saturday, June 3, 6:00—11:00 pm
Equinox Studios, 6555 5th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108

Listen: It’s a Sound Show is an immersive, one-night-only, multimedia art event presenting a dynamic and complex range of works that foreground the act of listening as a key element. The exhibition features stationary artworks and sound installations, live music, spoken word, and other performances that will fill the space in provocative and unpredictable ways.

This event was funded in part by our Tech Specific grant.

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Arts Sustained Support Grows with King County

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Photo courtesy of JHP Cultural Legacy.

4Culture’s Art Sustained Support program—the primary means through which 4Culture provides operational support to arts organizations throughout King County—has slowly but consistently grown over the past 25 years, generally increasing by 10 to 20 organizations every two years. But in the fall of 2016, the program was hit with a flood of new applicants for its 2017-2018 cycle: over 60 new applicants!

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Photo courtesy of JHP Cultural Legacy.

4Culture’s Art Sustained Support program—the primary means through which 4Culture provides operational support to arts organizations throughout King County—has slowly but consistently grown over the past 25 years, generally increasing by 10 to 20 organizations every two years. But in the fall of 2016, the program was hit with a flood of new applicants for its 2017-2018 cycle: over 60 new applicants!

We hope that this increase demonstrates the success of our recent efforts to increase our outreach into communities that have been historically underserved, increasing geographic, ethnic, and other forms of diversity.  For example, the new applicants include Seattle Chinese Chorus, eSe Teatro, From Within Nucleus (a Bharatanatyam troupe in Issaquah), Sundiata African American Cultural Association, 6th Day Dance (a dance company that works with differently abled people), Hands for a Bridge (an arts education program for high school youth), JHP Cultural and Diversity Legacy (an African immigrant cultural organization), Music4Life (an organization that refurbishes used musical instruments and provides them to students), Latino Theatre Project, Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle, Seniors Creating Art, Duvall Foundation for the Arts, Tibetan Association of Washington, the Big Brained Superheroes Club (which works to put the arts into STEAM programs), and many more.

King County’s population growth has been astounding, and one of the qualities that makes King County so attractive is its incredible abundance of cultural—and particularly artistic—activities. 4Culture seeks to ensure that all of the new populations in our community find themselves reflected in our funding.

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March at Gallery4Culture: Deanne Belinoff

Deanne Belinoff. Merging Fields, 2011. Polymer acrylic on paper. 27 x 45 inches.

Deanne Belinoff
Space: Inside/Out
March 2-30, 2017
Opening: Thursday, March 2, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 16, 12-1 pm

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Deanne Belinoff
Space: Inside/Out
March 2-30, 2017
Opening: Thursday, March 2, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 16, 12-1 pm

Deanne Belinoff’s abstract drawings and paintings express ideas about reality and its underpinnings, the vast rotations of solar systems, and the implicit connection of all things in the universe. Space: Inside/Out features recent work inspired by infinity, gravity, and time, revealing her personal relationship with the cosmos.

Although an awe of the night sky forms the foundation of Belinoff’s practice, intersections with philosophy, dreams, bi-polar mood states, and Vipassana meditation shape its intimate subtext. We live in an ever unfolding universe. But even more hypnotizing, a universe lives within us.

About the Artist: Deanne Belinoff is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships and several Artist Trust GAP grants. She has also been awarded a Ragdale Foundation Grant, a Blue Mountain Fellowship Residency Grant, and the Joshua Tree National Monument Artist in Residence Grant. Her work is held in major public and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Sackner Collection, The Peter Norton Collection, the King County Public Art Collection, and the Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection. Belinoff moved her studio from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. She currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Website: deannebelinoff.com

Up next: Caché (Jackson Baker Ryan, Alex Boeschenstein, and Max Cleary)

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From Our Director: An Update on Access for All

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Learning at the Burke. Courtesy of the Burke Museum © 2011

Yesterday we learned that the King County Council approved the Access for All ordinance, placing the measure on the August 1, 2017 ballot to seek voter approval of a .1% sales tax increase  to fund arts, heritage and science nonprofit organizations who provide public programs and activities.

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Learning at the Burke. Courtesy of the Burke Museum © 2011

Yesterday we learned that the King County Council approved the Access for All ordinance, placing the measure on the August 1, 2017 ballot to seek voter approval of a .1% sales tax increase  to fund arts, heritage and science nonprofit organizations who provide public programs and activities.

Amendments added to Access for All by King County Council members are intended to achieve better geographic balance in the distribution of funds throughout King County and address equity in all its permutations. No matter the outcome of the public vote, 4Culture, as well as other regional funders, will continue in our commitment to provide grants, services, and opportunities for the artists and cultural organizations that make King County so unique and vibrant.

We are proud to live in a County with such strong support for the cultural sector. It is because of the leadership and vision of Executive Dow Constantine that Access for All became a King County initiative. I want to acknowledge King County Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Joe McDermott for the sponsors of the Access for All and shepherding it through the County’s legislative process. We thank them for their support and service. We also want to thank you, many of whom organized and attended community meetings to better understand Access for All.

You can access the full ordinance here.

Sincerely,
Jim Kelly