Through our grant programs, public art projects, and community initiatives, we put public dollars to work fostering King County creativity.
Doors Open is a 0.1% sales tax to support arts, heritage, science, and preservation non-profit organizations in King County. Doors Open legislation was drafted by the King County Executive and passed by the King County Council in 2023 and will be rolled out by 4Culture in 2024-25. It consists of six funding programs: Sustained Support, Public School Cultural Access, Public Free Access, Building for Equity, County-wide Initiatives, and Launch.
1% for Art
4Culture also manages King County’s Public Art program, which is funded through the 1% for Art Ordinance, implemented in 1973. These funds are generated by construction projects done by county government, which are required to direct 1% of eligible parts of the budget towards public art portions of the project.
Every time a visitor to King County stays in a hotel, they pay a lodging tax—this is where most of our funding comes from, and our mission is to put it back into the King County community. These taxes, paid by visitors staying in hotels or motels, provide the funds that are distributed through our grant programs.