4Culture’s Art Sustained Support program—the primary means through which 4Culture provides operational support to arts organizations throughout King County—has slowly but consistently grown over the past 25 years, generally increasing by 10 to 20 organizations every two years. But in the fall of 2016, the program was hit with a flood of new applicants for its 2017-2018 cycle: over 60 new applicants!
We hope that this increase demonstrates the success of our recent efforts to increase our outreach into communities that have been historically underserved, increasing geographic, ethnic, and other forms of diversity. For example, the new applicants include Seattle Chinese Chorus, eSe Teatro, From Within Nucleus (a Bharatanatyam troupe in Issaquah), Sundiata African American Cultural Association, 6th Day Dance (a dance company that works with differently abled people), Hands for a Bridge (an arts education program for high school youth), JHP Cultural and Diversity Legacy (an African immigrant cultural organization), Music4Life (an organization that refurbishes used musical instruments and provides them to students), Latino Theatre Project, Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle, Seniors Creating Art, Duvall Foundation for the Arts, Tibetan Association of Washington, the Big Brained Superheroes Club (which works to put the arts into STEAM programs), and many more.
King County’s population growth has been astounding, and one of the qualities that makes King County so attractive is its incredible abundance of cultural—and particularly artistic—activities. 4Culture seeks to ensure that all of the new populations in our community find themselves reflected in our funding.