4Culture News

32nd Annual SHPO Awards Honor Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova and FANHS

Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, Founder/Executive Director of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), with FANHS friends after Dorothy received the Washington SHPO Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, May 2023. Photo courtesy of Emily P. Lawsin.

May is Preservation Month and Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month! In celebration of both, we’re thrilled to highlight news that the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) has honored 4Culture grant recipient Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova with the 2023 SHPO Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement.

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Laura Da’ Selected as Poet Planner

We are thrilled to announce that Laura Da’ has been selected as the next Poet Planner for the 2023-2025 4Culture poetry program. Laura will work with 4Culture, King County Metro, and communities across King County to shine a light on diverse poetic traditions and empower people of all ages to write poems—whether they consider themselves to be a poet or are writing a poem for the first time.

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50 Years: Exploring the ever-growing King County Public Art Collection

Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000). Games, 1979. Vitreous enamel on steel. 108 x 216 inches. Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

Earthworks and oil paintings. Bronzes and mosaic murals. Artist-designed bridges and transit experiences. Today the King County Public Art Collection contains nearly 2,500 works of art in a vast array of forms and materials. Whether made by an emerging artist or an established expert, each of these works has a story. How was it created? What inspired it? What does it say about our cultural history?

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Introducing Our 2023-2024 Gallery 4Culture Artists

After a pause in programming, Gallery 4Culture launched its first call for artists since January 2020 to continue a 43-year history of exhibiting innovative, underrepresented artists and art forms in solo and small-group shows. Panelists Amelia Ketzel, Francisco Guerrero, Ashraf Hasham, and Tyna Ontko reviewed applications submitted through the process and selected 10 King County-based artists for the 2023-2024 season.

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Honoring Maria Frank Abrams

Maria and her cousin Vera Frank crossing the Atlantic, January 1948. Photo courtesy of the artist’s estate.

Maria Frank Abrams (1924-2013) came to Seattle in 1948 as a survivor of the Holocaust, then built an illustrious career as one of the most celebrated artists in the region. Her body of work includes paintings, works on paper, public art, set and costume design, and mosaics, reflecting influences from the University of Washington’s School of Art where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Art summa cum laude in 1951. Later she also earned her Master of Library Science.

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Goodbye Josh!

How well do you know Josh Heim?
Last month the 4Culture staff said goodbye to Joshua Heim, who started a new and exciting chapter as Executive Director at the Western Arts Alliance, a membership association supporting performing arts throughout the Western states.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Spotlight: Denise Emerson

Denise Emerson. People of the River, 2016. Seed beads, bone, shell, and suede. 8 x 8 x 1/8 inches. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Mel Carter

In 2021, Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, proclaiming that “For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.” 1

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Rosten Woo Selected to Develop a Community-Informed Regional Parks and Trails Art Plan

Rosten Woo. A Park is Made by People, 2018. Metal and wood signs. Los Angeles State Historic Park, CA. Photo by the artist.

We are excited to announce that Rosten Woo was selected to work collaboratively with our partners at King County Parks to develop an art plan for King County Parks’ extensive network of parks, regional and backcountry trails, and open space in collaboration with the communities they touch. Rosten will consider the existing King County Regional Trails System Art Plan developed by Brian Borrello in 2011 as a jumping-off point for a new plan that looks holistically at regional trails, parks, and open space.

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