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University of Washington History Department
Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History
2005 Heritage Special Projects project

Would you like to work with 4Culture to help shape and support local culture in King County? 4Culture staff and intern positions are posted here, as they become available. We also invite King County residents to get involved as a volunteer, by serving on a 4Culture panel or committee. More information can be found in the tabs below.

Committees =  Volunteer on a regular basis


A 15-member Board of Directors governs 4Culture, with individuals representing the broad cultural, geographic and ethnic diversity of King County, as well as backgrounds in arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art, finance, tourism, education, real estate and government relations. Board members serve up to two three-year terms, are appointed by the King County Executive and approved by the King County Council.

For more information, or to submit a letter of interest for future openings, please contact Jim Kelly.

Advisory Committees

The four 4Culture program areas - Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation and Public Art - are managed by staff working closely with Advisory Committees. These Advisory Committees bring together a maximum of nine specialists who provide expert professional input, guidance and advice from the field. Members are nominated by 4Culture staff/current advisory committee members and approved by the 4Culture Board of Directors. Members are required to attend at least one monthly meeting.

For more information, or to submit a letter of interest via email for future openings, please contact:
Arts: Charlie Rathbun | Heritage: Brian Carter | Preservation: Dana Phelan | Public Art: Cath Brunner

Local Arts Agency Network

Local Arts Agencies (LAA'S) are non-profit or government agencies in suburban and unincorporated areas of King County that provide arts and cultural programs and services for a municipality or geographically defined community. 4Culture facilitates a regional network and bi-monthly meetings of more than 25 LAA's including both well-established and developing agencies. These meetings provide an opportunity for participating agencies to share resources, knowledge, expertise, and innovative avenues for collaboration. The meetings are open to the public and take place in various communities throughout King County. The public is welcome to attend.

Any new or existing cultural commission or agency in King County is welcome to join. For more information, or to submit a letter of interest to join the LAA Network, contact Charlie Rathbun at 206 263.1607

Panelists =  Volunteer one day

Each year, 4Culture also receives valuable help from hundreds of volunteers serving on selection panels. Applications to 4Culture funding programs and public art opportunities undergo a peer-panel review process with recommendations based on published eligibility and review criteria. Funding panel recommendations are submitted to the related 4Culture Advisory Committee(s) and the Board of Directors for final approval.

If you are interested in serving on a panel, please contact:
Arts, Heritage, & Preservation: Deb Twersky | Public Art: Brennan Jernigan

On-Site Review Program =  Become a reviewer

Henry Art Gallery Open House. 2010 © Jon Manning

4Culture administers a number of funding programs available to King County artists, arts organizations, and heritage organizations on a competitive basis, including Sustained Support, Special Projects, and Cultural Facilities. Among the criteria used to evaluate applications for funding is the quality and community engagement of the applicants' programs.

The goal of the On-Site Review Program is to acquire detailed, qualitative assessments of the programming of organizations funded by 4Culture. Reviews are conducted for more than 350 arts and heritage organizations that have been awarded 2017-18 Arts or Heritage Sustained Support funding. Organizations to be reviewed may include producing and presenting groups in theatre, dance, music, media, literary and visual arts; arts service and arts education groups; and heritage and preservation organizations.

Reviewers attend a scheduled event and provide written comments for use by grant review panels during their deliberations. Events may include, but are not limited to, performances, festivals, exhibits, classes, meetings, workshops, or open hours.

4Culture is currently seeking On-Site Reviewers for the 2017-2018 Sustained Support biennium. For more information about the program, you can read the 'Call for On-Site Reviewers', available to the right. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday, April 3, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Bret Fetzer at 206 263.1599.

Internships =  Learn on the job

In order to help nurture the next generation of cultural leaders, and in recognition of the benefit of including fresh perspectives in our programming, we invite those interested in pursuing careers in cultural administration to gain valuable on-the-job training and professional connections through our internship program. Positions include volunteer and paid internships, as well as work-study positions as available.


The 4Culture Preservation program is offering a paid 10-week internship for the summer of 2017. This internship will provide research experience related to historic preservation practice in the region, with the goal of identifying properties with high social and cultural significance and finding ways to strengthen processes to protect them.

The complete application is due by Monday, March 20, 2017, at 5 pm.

See the full description for additional requirements and preferred qualifications. Questions? Email

Public Art

The Public Art Internship focuses on maintaining the program's widely-used online resources, managing the community resource area in the front of our office, acquiring knowledge of the region's public art collection and best practices in the field, and assisting with projects and events as needed. This internship generally has two annual openings: Winter/Spring (mid-January - mid-June), and Summer/Fall (mid-June - mid-December).

To apply, visit our online opportunities page. Detailed opportunity descriptions and application requirements will be posted approximately 6 - 8 weeks prior to the start of each internship.