4Culture Awards Grants To Hi-Liners & City Of Burien

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4Culture, the cultural development agency serving King County, recently announced federal stimulus funding awards totaling $250,000 to preserve jobs at 40 arts and cultural organizations throughout the region, including both a $7,500 grant to Burien’s Hi-Liners and $2,500 to the city.

The federal funds will help organizations extend or restore threatened salaried and contract jobs, ranging from executive directors and curators, to marketing managers, to actors and artists.

“The recession has deeply impacted non-profit cultural organizations of all sizes and disciplines,” said Jim Kelly, Executive Director of 4Culture, “However, the applications we reviewed demonstrate that arts managers are resilient, creative, and determined to continue programs in the service of their missions.” 4Culture will distribute the federal funds throughout the County to a diverse range of organizations and communities including:

Auburn Symphony OrchestraAuburn$10,000
City of Auburn Arts CommissionAuburn$5,000
Bellevue Arts MuseumBellevue$10,000
City of Bellevue Parks & Community ServicesBellevue$3,000
Music Works NorthwestBellevue$4,000
Attic Theatre, TheBothell$5,000
Northshore Performing Arts CenterBothell$5,000
City of BurienBurien$2,500
Hi-Liners, TheBurien$7,500
City of Des Moines Arts CommissionDes Moines$7,500
Duvall Cultural CommissionDuvall$6,500
Fall City ArtsFall City$5,000
Centerstage TheatreFederal Way$7,500
Federal Way SymphonyFederal Way$6,500
City of KentKent$6,500
City of Kirkland Cultural CouncilKirkland$6,500
Kirkland Arts CenterKirkland$7,500
Kirkland Performance CenterKirkland$5,000
Studio EastKirkland$8,500
SecondStory RepertoryRedmond$7,500
Evergreen City BalletRenton$5,000
Arcade (NW Architectural League)Seattle$7,500
Arts and Visually Impaired AudiencesSeattle$3,500
Degenerate Art EnsembleSeattle$3,000
Early Music GuildSeattle$7,500
Giant Magnet (formerly Seattle Int. Children’s Festival)Seattle$7,500
Langston Hughes PACSeattle$5,000
Northwest Film ForumSeattle$7,500
Seattle International Film FestivalSeattle$5,000
Seattle Music PartnersSeattle$5,000
Seattle Public TheatreSeattle$7,500
Seattle Scenic StudiosSeattle$7,500
Suyama Space (Space.City)Seattle$3,000
Theatre Puget SoundSeattle$7,500
Town HallSeattle$7,500
Washington Lawyers for the ArtsSeattle$7,500
Choir of the SoundShoreline$5,000
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts CouncilShoreline$6,500
Vashon Allied ArtsVashon$7,500
ArtsWestWest Seattle$7,500

Earlier this year, 4Culture applied for and received the maximum award of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to re-grant to King County arts and cultural organizations to support art jobs. The NEA had $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to distribute nationwide.

Cumulatively, over $1.2 Million dollars will help preserve jobs at nearly 100 organizations statewide through the NEA appropriations. The Washington State Arts Commission received ARRA funds to distribute state-wide, and over the summer announced awards totaling $285,000 to 24 arts organizations, including six in Seattle. In early September, the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (SOACA) announced another $250,000 in ARRA funds to 22 Seattle-based arts organizations. SOACA and 4Culture were two of only sixteen local arts agencies nation-wide that received ARRA funds to sub-grant to constituents. The NEA also awarded grants totaling $450,000 directly to 12 Seattle arts organizations.

An arts organization can only receive ARRA-appropriated NEA jobs funding from one source. With all three regional public funding entities receiving ARRA dollars, WSAC, 4Culture and SOACA devised an application process that would ensure that arts organizations wouldn’t have to submit multiple applications if they were eligible to apply to more than one agency. 4Culture was the final agency to undergo a panel process, and received 99 applications from organizations throughout King County. Proposals were evaluated on the significance of the position(s) to the mission and core services of the organization, the potential of the position(s) to have an immediate impact, and the organization’s ability to manage the funds.

According to their website:

4Culture is a unique integration of the arts, heritage, preservation and public art; committed to advancing community through culture. Public exhibitions and performances, public art, preservation of significant sites and interpretation of local history deepen our connections to the places in which we live and work. 4Culture stimulates cultural activity and enhances the assets that distinguish a community as vibrant, unique and authentic.

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2 Responses to “4Culture Awards Grants To Hi-Liners & City Of Burien”
  1. Eric says:

    4Culture does so much for the arts in King County. For example yesterday Burien Little Theatre was notified it received a grant for new sound equipment from 4Culture. This was not federal stimulus funding but part of 4Culture’s ongoing support for the arts in King County.

  2. Yes, 4Culture has awarded the PaRCS Department $2500 to continue its in-school arts education program for students at one of Highline School District’s elementary schools in the Burien. The Department had eliminated the program as part of the mandated 2010 budget reductions, so Cultural Arts Supervisor Gina Kallman applied for this grant shortly thereafter. Funding from 4Culture comes from a portion of the federal stimulus package, which was allocated to King County for the sole purpose of sustaining already-existing programs that would have otherwise been eliminated due to budget cuts. The PaRCS Department partners with Arts Corps to provide curriculum design and instruction for this program that’s conveniently held in one of the local schools.

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