The King County Council is currently considering Doors Open, a proposal from King County Executive Dow Constantine that would increase funding to arts, heritage, science, and historical preservation non-profit organizations through a 0.1 percent sales tax. If approved by the King County Council, tax collection would begin in April 2024. With over 50 years of grant-making experience, 4Culture is the County’s designated agency to distribute funding and implement the program.
Doors Open is the result of a decade long legislative effort to increase funding in Washington State and King County for the cultural sector.
Knowing that increased funding was a possibility, 4Culture worked hard to plan for an equitable Doors Open program. One that meets the growing needs of the cultural sector and aligns with 4Culture’s mission, vision, and values.
Here are some resources about the legislation currently in play and how it may impact you:
Head over to our Data Hub to dig into the community-based research behind our planning:
- 2020 4Culture Strategic Plan/King County Cultural Plan
- 2020 4Culture Cultural Health Study
- 2021 4Culture Cultural Education Study
Inspire Washington is the advocacy organization championing this effort. They have built a broad and powerful statewide coalition to champion advocacy and resource development for Washington’s cultural sector.
Visit DoorsOpenKingCounty.org their advocacy website for the initiative.