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Frank Martin and Vivian Phillips Join 4Culture’s Board of Directors


The 4Culture staff and board are proud to welcome Frank Martin and Vivian Phillips to the 4Culture Board of Directors. 4Culture is King County’s cultural funding and services agency, supported by Lodging Taxes and the 1% for Art ordinance. A 15-member Board of Directors governs 4Culture, with members representing the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of King County. The King County Council and Executive Dow Constantine appointed Frank and Vivian on Monday, March 18.

Frank Martin

Frank Martin is the managing principal of the Chain Companies and has been a recipient of a 4Culture Preservation grant to restore the Skykomish Theater into what is now known as Onemish Lodge, an extended-stay basecamp in the heart of the Great Northern Corridor. Prior to Chain, Frank was a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, Senior Project Manager for Investco Financial Corporation, and Construction Manager for a general contractor in Seattle. Frank represents King County District 3.



“Frank Martin rescued the deteriorating Skykomish Theatre and turned it into a beautiful lodge that we are proud of, all while salvaging as much of the original building as possible. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, the restored theatre now serves as a historic symbol of Skykomish. I appreciate the work Frank has done and I look forward to working with him as he joins the 4Culture Board of Directors.”
-Kathy Lambert, King County Councilmember

Vivian Phillips

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Vivian is a Seattle-based communications professional and long-time arts manager and advocate. She served as Director of Communications for Mayor Paul Schell, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Seattle Theatre Group, and adjunct professor in Seattle University’s MFA Arts Leadership program. Vivian has produced theater, executive-produced and hosted arts programming for television, and recently completed her third term as Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. She currently serves on the PSPR/KUOW board of directors, and the University of Washington Foundation board. Vivian represents King County District 2.



“Vivian Phillips has a long history as a civic arts leader and is deeply rooted in the grass roots movement for cultural involvement of African Americans, from her involvement with Black Arts/West, Seattle’s first black theatre, to recently co-founding the Historic Central Area Arts and Cultural District. I feel honored to have her represent my district.”
-Larry Gossett, King County Councilmember