4Culture News

Laura Elizabeth Becker Joins Public Art Team

Portrait of Laura Becker by Kelly Bjork.

In September we welcomed Laura Elizabeth Becker as Senior Project Manager in our Public Art Department. Laura has been a champion for arts and culture for nearly 20 years, producing public art projects in Seattle, Spokane, Santa Monica, Beaverton, and more—so we weren’t surprised when she opted to introduce herself via some of the artists she’s partnered with.

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“I Have This Idea”: Deb Twersky on 20 Years in Arts and Culture

Joshua Heim, left, steps into the role of Deputy Director at 4Culture as Deb Twersky, right, retires after 20 years. Phot by 4Culture staff, 2019.

It’s been a bittersweet month at 4Culture! After 20 years managing our funding programs Deputy Director Deb Twersky retired, leaving an incredible legacy of compassionate and expert support for cultural organizations in King County. Stepping into the role is Joshua Heim, who comes to us from the City of Bellevue’s Arts Program and Community Development Department. In the midst of reviewing budgets and project files as they passed the baton, the two sat down for a conversation to look back as well as forward. The edited transcript is below:

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Hey, We Funded That: Auburn’s Sutherland Store

Left: the Sutherland Store, near Auburn, during restoration in 2017. Right: Dolly Sutherland waves from the Sutherland Store, covered in snow, no date. Both photos courtesy of Marty Dickinson.

“We have lived a few blocks from the store for the last 15 years and have always wanted to see someone give this obvious piece of history the attention it deserves. ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if someone fixed that up!’ we would say every time we drove by. We eventually thought that maybe that ‘someone’ could be us.”

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Youth-Centered Art Commissioned for the CFJC

Mural design for the King County Children and Family Justice Center by Jesse Brown, 2019.

Throughout the process of managing public art funds for the new Children and Family Justice Center, we’ve focused on supporting youth impacted by the facility and the juvenile justice system. Now, as we get closer to the building’s opening later this year, we’re sharing the ways in which the artists commissioned for work at the CFJC are doing the same.

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Explore the King County Arts Education Data Dashboard

S. Hong's Fishbones is one of the winners of the 2019 Superintendent's High School Art Show. Hong is a student at Decatur High School in Federal Way.

One of our 4Culture values is to meet communities where they are at as we work on building access to arts and culture. For the youth of King County, this largely means we need to meet them at school—how well are students able to engage with art as part of their education? We recently partnered with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction—OSPI—to learn more, starting with data. Now, we’re proud to share the King County Arts Education Data Dashboard!

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Guest Post: the Holocaust Center for Humanity on Dismantling Hate through Education

Governor Inslee signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 5612, April 19, 2019. Relating to Holocaust education. Primary Sponsor: Ann Rivers

The Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity, and take action. In this guest post, Grants Manager and Communications Associate Sydney Dratel shares about the process of enacting change in education:

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Preservation Month Highlight: the View Crest Apartments

The View Crest apartment building in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, 1952.

Did you know that May is Preservation Month? Since 1973, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has led the country in celebrating the people and organizations who advocate for our historic sites. And while the National Trust shared lots of ways you can celebrate, we’re joining in the festivities the best way we know how: by putting the spotlight on a King County historic site.

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First Group of Creative Consultancies Announced

The City of Burien's Arts-a-Glow Festival, 2018.

The goals of our long-standing Site-Specific program are to engage new audiences for contemporary art and create new opportunities for King County artists by encouraging collaboration. Over the years, the grant has periodically evolved—most recently it existed as Tech Specific, funding creatives working at the intersection of art and tech. In 2018, it took on a new shape: Creative Consultancies.

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