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No Vote on Proposition 1: Our Work is Just Beginning

"Cultural Confluence: Urban People of Asian and Native American Heritages" exhibit, 2011 © The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

We see evidence of King County’s love for arts and culture every day and everywhere—in festivals, workshops, exhibits, performances, art walks, classes, heritage tours and more. We have no doubt that the voters’ concern with Prop 1 is a statement about our regressive tax system, not the value of the arts in our communities.

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We see evidence of King County’s love for arts and culture every day and everywhere—in festivals, workshops, exhibits, performances, art walks, classes, heritage tours and more. We have no doubt that the voters’ concern with Prop 1 is a statement about our regressive tax system, not the value of the arts in our communities.

As King County and Washington State grapple with how best to fund all the things that make communities livable, 4Culture affirms our commitment to our services, and the people they benefit. Regardless of the outcome of this week’s vote, there is growth in our future. Our funding programs are sound and robust—we look forward to continuing to invest in King County culture.

You may be aware that Prop 1 would have required the creation and implementation of geographic and equity plans to guide the distribution of funds. Even though the measure did not pass, we recognize the necessity of these plans and pledge to move forward with work on them. Another major component of Prop 1 was its education program, funding access for King County’s school-age children to museums, performances, and science centers. We will be pursuing that work as well, fostering dialogue on the important role cultural organizations can play in our schools.

We would like to thank Executive Dow Constantine for his commitment to the cultural sector and for proposing the initiative to the voters of King County. We would like to also thank the King County Council for putting this measure on the ballot to ensure arts and culture plays a strong role in quality of life for everyone in our region.

Sincerely,
4Culture Board of Directors

Guest Post: Using Tech Specific Funds, Domonique Meeks Explores the Soul of Seattle

Domonique Meeks received a 2016 Tech Specific grant to produce the second season of his documentary, Soul of Seattle. This project represents a unique intersection of not only tech and art, but brings topics like race, history, business, and more into the mix. We’re excited to see how it evolves and grows with the help of these funds:

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Domonique Meeks received a 2016 Tech Specific grant to produce the second season of his documentary, Soul of Seattle. This project represents a unique intersection of not only tech and art, but brings topics like race, history, business, and more into the mix. We’re excited to see how it evolves and grows with the help of these funds:

I am a storyteller, information scientist, and documentary filmmaker. I co-host a podcast called No Blueprint that gathers stories from cultural ambassadors to discuss how they defy societal norms to pursue their passions. I am also the co-founder of Ambassador Stories, where our mission is to utilize media to highlight the people, places, and spaces that bring soul to our beloved communities.

I am excited to share my documentary series Soul of Seattle Season 2. It will look closely at entrepreneurs of color and their small businesses in the Southend and Central District neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington. We will hear their stories, their missions and what drive them. As our city booms from technology and land prices skyrocket, it is unfortunately a time of changing demographics in many ways including economically and ethnically for many underserved communities. The project will discuss how entrepreneurs and their businesses are responding, and what advice they have for their peers and individuals who follow.

Our hope is with the support of 4Culture and other local entities our story can inspire other filmmakers and entrepreneurs of color to continue to use their passion to create meaningful content.

Tech Specific is open now! Read the guidelines, join us for a workshop, and apply by September 28.

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Boogie Up the Block

Saturday, August 19, 12:00—7:00 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle
Free, no registration required

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Saturday, August 19, 12:00—7:00 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle
Free, no registration required

206 Zulu and Hidmo Cypher invite you to Boogie Up the Block, a Central District block party taking place at the historic Washington Hall! This day-long, free block party features various all ages entertainment, music, art, exhibits, food, dance, and a kids corner.

Find information about performers, parking, and more on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Window of Opportunity – A Historic Seattle Learning Lab

Vets Restore trainee re-installing windows, Washington Hall, Seattle © 2014, photo by Brandee Beau Photography

Sundays, August 6, 13, or 27, 2017
9:00 am—5:00 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave , Seattle, WA 98122
Tuition: $50 per person. Tuition assistance available for veterans; contact Candice Corey, King County Veterans’ Program at (206) 477-6989 to find out more.

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Sundays, August 6, 13, or 27, 2017
9:00 am—5:00 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave , Seattle, WA 98122
Tuition: $50 per person. Tuition assistance available for veterans; contact Candice Corey, King County Veterans’ Program at (206) 477-6989 to find out more.

Historic Seattle presents a new opportunity to learn one of the essential skills of historic preservation – window restoration! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of repairing and rebuilding wood windows at Seattle’s historic Washington Hall. Whether you are an experienced wood-worker looking to add a new skill to your repertoire or just interested in the craft, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn from experts. Representatives from Bear Wood Windows, veteran, minority, and woman-owned company, will teach these day-long courses, providing each participant with hands-on, comprehensive knowledge of standard wood framed windows.

Workshops are open to residents of King County, with scholarship opportunities available for Veterans! Visit Historic Seattle online for more details.

This program is sponsored by 4Culture, and presented in partnership with Earthwise, Seattle Public Utilities, King County Veterans Program, Washington Hall, Bear Wood Windows, and Colorado Steel Sash.

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The Locks Centennial Boat Parade

The original boat parade in celebration of the opening of the Ballard Locks in 1917. Photo courtesy of Making the Cut.

Sunday, July 9, 10:00 am—2:00 pm
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle

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Sunday, July 9, 10:00 am—2:00 pm
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle

July 4, 1917, a marine parade through the Ship Canal marked the official opening of the Ballard Locks. On July 9, 2017, commemorate the centennial of this historic event with a re-creation of that parade! The historic schooner Adventuress will pass through the locks and lead more than 50 vessels from Salmon Bay into Lake Union.

Up-to-date parade information, including viewing spots, list of vessels, route map, and post-parade details, will be announced on Facebook. This event is free and open to the public, all ages welcome. For more information on the ongoing commemoration of the Ship Canal centennial, visit makingthecut100.org.

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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.

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.