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May 2016 is Arts Education Month

May 2016 is Arts Education Month

At its May 16 meeting the King County Council issued a proclamation designating May 2016 as Arts Education Month in King County, extolling the benefits of a complete arts education and recognizing the efforts of arts educators and advocates throughout the county for their commitment to providing a comprehensive arts education for all students. Thank...
Guest Post: Bookmarks and Landmarks in South King County

Guest Post: Bookmarks and Landmarks in South King County

SoCoCulture is a coalition of arts, heritage and botanical organizations throughout South King County, all working together to connect King County residents to the cultural vitality of the area. In this guest post, Barbara McMichael shares details on a brand new program created by a group of South King County historical organizations: Ask the executive director of any...
Guest Post: Highline Historical Society Expands its Reach

Guest Post: Highline Historical Society Expands its Reach

Nancy Salguero McKay is the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Highline Historical Society, soon to be the Highline Heritage Museum. As the organization grows and changes, Nancy shares some insight into how she approaches her work, and into how she and her colleagues work to reflect and engage their communities: We tell the stories of...
Guest Post: Greg Ruby Rediscovers a Jazz Pioneer

Guest Post: Greg Ruby Rediscovers a Jazz Pioneer

In 2015, I received funding from both 4Culture Heritage Projects and 4Culture Arts Projects to preserve, interpret, and promote musical compositions created by Seattle jazz pioneer Frank D. Waldron, one of the most important figures in early Seattle jazz. Born in 1890, Waldron settled in Seattle in 1907, and by 1912 was performing throughout the...
Stephanie Guerra: Stories Unlocked

Stephanie Guerra: Stories Unlocked

Rob Ellis, 1/365 I think I’ve got too much time on my hands?, Digital Photograph. (cc) 2011   Stephanie Guerra was awarded an Art Projects grant for her project, Stories Unlocked, an ongoing publication of writing by students incarcerated in King County Juvenile Detention Center and at-risk teens in our region. Here Stephanie shares why she does this work and why these...
This is What It's All About

This is What It’s All About

Creative Justice is 4Culture’s arts-based alternative to incarceration for King County youth. Spoken-word artist, teaching artist and anti-racist organizer, Nikkita Oliver led the final  project session of our inaugural year of programming. Oliver believes that the power of the arts is in the power of our voices, and works alongside young people, helping them develop creative skills and tell their...
Flo Lentz Leaves a Legacy of Preservation and Advocacy

Flo Lentz Leaves a Legacy of Preservation and Advocacy

The close of 2015 will mark the end of an era at 4Culture. Flo Lentz, who has headed our preservation program since its inception in 2003, will retire. She leaves behind a formidable list of accomplishments. Flo essentially invented the 4Culture preservation program and for years was its only staff. When the King County Office...
Local Arts Agencies: A Time of Opportunity

Local Arts Agencies: A Time of Opportunity

4Culture supports a growing network of more than twenty local arts agencies (LAAs)—volunteer arts commissions located in many of King County’s cities. LAAs advocate for arts programs within municipal governments, which are often the primary cultural service providers for residents in suburban and rural King County. LAAs regularly put on free performances, concerts, exhibitions, and...
Toasting a Year of Poetry at Dia de Muertos

Toasting a Year of Poetry at Dia de Muertos

Poetry on Buses at Dia de Muertos Saturday, October 31, 12:30 – 4:30 pm  Poets begin reading at 3:20 pm  Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison Street It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of Poetry on Buses: Writing Home. The past year has seen writing workshops, road shows, filled-to-capacity celebrations, and...
Caring for Our Shared Heritage: 2015 Collections Care Grant Recipients

Caring for Our Shared Heritage: 2015 Collections Care Grant Recipients

Collections Care is about important stuff – the “stuff” that teaches us about where we come from and where we can go. All over King County, archivists, librarians, and historians help preserve the real, tangible objects that make up history so that future generations can continue to learn from them. Our annual Collections Care grant program supports...
Creative Justice Mentor Artist Daemond Arrindell Embraces Challenge

Creative Justice Mentor Artist Daemond Arrindell Embraces Challenge

With the pilot year of Creative Justice—4Culture’s arts-based alternative to youth incarceration in King County—almost complete, we are reflecting on lessons learned and looking towards the future. We asked Session 3 Mentor Artist, Daemond Arrindell to provide some insight into his experience working with participants and helping to shape this ground-breaking new program. The call...