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Creative Response: King County Artists Supporting the Community

Photos from Sharon H. Chang's COVID-19 Safety Not Stigma portrait series. 4Culture COVID-19 Creative Response funds helped support this project.

On April 3, 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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Guest Post: the Filipino Community Center Remembers its Heroes Copy

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Larry G. Cambronero is the grandson of the late, legendary, Rufino “Robert” Cambronero, SFC, US Army retired, a  WW I and WW II Bataan Death March, POW veteran survivor.  Larry is also the son of the late Isaac “Ike” A. Cambronero Sr., a Guerilla fighter during the liberation of Manila during WW II. As a tribute to both his grandfather Robert and dad Ike, Larry joined the Bataan, Corregidor Survivors’ Association and Their Families (BCSA&TF) in April 2007 as its auditor. In 2011, Larry spearheaded the creation of a memorial Monument at Dr. Jose Rizal Park in Beacon, Hill- Seattle. Larry is currently serving a third term as Commander (President) of BCSA&TF.

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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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COVID-19: 4Culture Responds

Like you, we are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In this evolving situation, we see and are inspired by all the artists, organizations, and individuals finding new ways to be responsive. We thank Seattle and King County Public Health for their diligent work to keep us informed, and encourage you to check their webpage often. We’ve also compiled a resource list for cultural organizations and practitioners in our region, which we’ll continue to update regularly.

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Attending WaMA? Stipends are Available!

The Washington Museum Association (WaMA) was established to represent and serve museums of all types and sizes throughout Washington State. WaMA offers an annual conference for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and idea exchange. The 2020 Washington Museum Association Conference will take place June 17 – 19, 2020 in Olympia, WA. This year’s theme is Museums and Democracy: Advocate, Educate, Participate.

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Artist Team Selected to Design 2-D Art for Fence at the King County International Airport/Boeing Field

Tommy Segundo and Toka Valu, 2020. Photo by 4Culture staff.

We are thrilled to announce that Tommy Segundo and Toka Valu have been awarded a unique commission at the King County International Airport/ Boeing Field (KCIA). They will create a 2-dimensional artwork for permanent installation along a fence adjacent to the planned public access road to the Georgetown Steam Plant Museum (GSPM). It will be influenced by the rich history and contextual narrative of the surrounding neighborhoods, communities, industry, and Duwamish River basin. Over the coming months Tommy and Toka will work closely with 4Culture and KCIA to research the history of the area and identify important aspects of the built and cultural environment; this will help them develop concepts for the artwork.

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2020 Cohort of Creative Consultancies Announced

In the 2018-19 Creative Consultancies cohort, artist Susan Robb collaborated with the City of Redmond to engage homeless youth in art projects, resulting in works like this.

Creative Consultancies began in 2019 as a pilot initiative to connect artists and cultural planners with local arts agencies in cities across King County. The program continues a long collaborative history between 4Culture and the LAAs to increase opportunities for artists and audiences in suburban and rural King County.

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Storefront Media at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Storefront Media artists' work playing on the Digital Display at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation © 2014 4Culture. Photo by Andrew Pogue

Every day, our Storefront Media Gallery screens showcase dynamic media art from all over the United States to the thousands of commuters who pass by our Pioneer Square offices on Prefontaine Place South. We’re excited to continue a long-running partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring this urban art experience to another Seattle neighborhood! Pass by their media screen, located at 500 Fifth Avenue North, to encounter these works, selected from applicants to the Storefront Media Gallery program:

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Presenting at WaMA? Stipends are Available!

The Washington Museum Association (WaMA) was established to represent and serve museums of all types and sizes throughout Washington State. WaMA offers an annual conference for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and idea exchange. The 2020 Washington Museum Association Conference will take place June 17 – 19, 2020 in Olympia, WA. This year’s theme is Museums and Democracy: Advocate, Educate, Participate.

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Guest Post: Bothell’s Downtown Landmark and Historic District Feasibility Study

Main street looking west, Bothell, c.1960. Courtesy of Bothell Historical Museum collection.

The Bothell Landmark Preservation Board (LPB) is a seven-member advisory board tasked with identifying and encouraging the conservation of the city’s historic resources. In addition to maintaining the Bothell Register of Historic Landmarks and reviewing new downtown development, some of their projects include a survey of Bothell’s mid-century resources, their book Bothell Then and Now, and a downtown walking tour. Here, they share how 4Culture fundind has supported those efforts this past year:

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