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Launch event for 2009 4Culture programs, Georgetown Ballroom, Jennifer Stanton

Launch event for 2009 4Culture programs, Georgetown Ballroom © Jennifer Stanton

4Culture nurtures infrastructure for culture in King County by supporting exchange, collaboration and resource sharing among cultural leaders. Under the networking tab are some groups involved with 4Culture that we strongly recommend to cultural colleagues looking for support and networking opportunities. Over time, 4Culture staff have also created or collected information about "best practices" in cultural development, which are cataloged and available for free in the Best Practices tab below.

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Local Umbrella Organizations


Founded in 1977, the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) was established to encourage cooperation among historical organizations and to promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County. Today, 73 member organizations and 74 individual members meet monthly to support preservation efforts, and promote public awareness and understanding of legislative issues. 4Culture participates in meetings, contributes content for the AKCHO Heritage Advisor newsletter. In 2008, editorial control of Heritage Advisor was transferred from Heritage 4Culture to AKCHO, providing financial support for its production and publication. Heritage 4Culture also supports AKCHO's Annual Awards Ceremony.

Eastside Arts Coalition

Founded in 1998, the Eastside Arts Coalition is comprised of more than 60 Eastside arts groups and individual artists who have joined forces to promote performing, visual, literary and media arts and heritage in communities in East King County. 4Culture attends monthly meetings, and in 2008, provided annual assistance in updating the Coalition website and supported the annual Arts Education Fair.

The Ethnic Arts Connection

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a biennial conference introducing Northwest artists working in culturally specific traditions to presenters from around the NW region in a day of performances, workshops and conversations. 4Culture partners with the City of Seattle, Washington State, NW Folklife, Arts NW and the Ethnic Heritage Council to produce this highly dynamic and multidisciplinary event.

Heritage Caucus

Organized in 1990, the Heritage Caucus is a bi-partisan gathering of state legislators and other elected officials; staff from state heritage, arts, and cultural agencies, and nonprofit organizations; and citizens who meet regularly while the Washington State Legislature is in session to discuss heritage, arts and other cultural issues. Several 4Culture Staff regularly participate in these meetings to keep abreast of legislative issues impacting our constituents.

LAA - Local Arts Agencies

Local Arts Agencies (LAA'S) are non-profit or government agencies in suburban and unincorporated areas of King County providing cultural programs and services for a municipality or geographically defined community. 4Culture facilitates a regional network and bi-monthly meetings of more than 22 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.

Market the Arts Task Force

For the last 15 years, King County marketers have convened monthly to share the latest tips and ideas in arts marketing. The taskforce addresses current trends and techniques related to promoting the arts in our region. 4Culture regularly attends meetings and serves as a fiscal umbrella for the membership organization. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month and currently convene at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Contact Kristina Murti for details.

Northwest Public Art PAC

Beginning in 2010 Public Art administrators throughout the region have met to discuss emerging trends in public art and share information about commissioning artwork and maintaining public collections. Participants share best practices and online resources and representatives report to the Public Art Network governing body with Americans for the Arts. For more information contact Tina Hoggatt at 206 263.1594


The South King County Cultural Coalition was born over a community luncheon hosted by King County Councilmember Julia Patterson in March 2004 to discuss the artistic and cultural vitality of South King County. SoCoCulture is comprised of more than 60 organizations, which have joined forces to promote and preserve arts and heritage in the vibrant communities south of Seattle. 4Culture provides annual support to maintain the coalition website and in 2008 committed to help fund a part-time staff position for the growing organization.

Washington Museum Association

Representing and serving all types and sizes of museums statewide, the Washington Museum Association encourages and facilitates the use and development of the highest professional standards; endorses museums as community partners in education; and acts as a clearing house and communication network for information relevant to the museum field. 4Culture is represented on the organization's board.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide nonprofit, founded in 1976 to safeguard Washington's historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. 4Culture staff participate in WTHP events and conferences, and attend the National Preservation Advocacy Day in Washington DC.

Preservation Resources

NPS/Technical Preservation Services

The National Park Service provides a wealth of online technical information about responsible methods of caring for historic buildings through their Technical Preservation Services (TPS). If you are looking for resources on project planning, repairing/replacing historic materials, weatherization, or other types of projects, the TPS website provides up-to-date, cutting-edge resources. The collection consists of Preservation Briefs, Preservation Tech Notes, Technical Reports, Program/Training Information, and Co-Published Books.

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Some helpful Preservation Briefs for property owners in King County, WA:

Repair of Historic Wooden Windows
Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs
Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta
Preservation of Historic Barns

National Trust for Historic Preservation/Online Resources

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides useful online resources for owners of older and historic homes, including tips on weatherizing your home, lead safe practices, and locating a window contractor.

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Public Art Resources

Guidelines for artists building a practice in public art and for public art administrators can be found on Threads. How to scope a project, manage submittal and selection process, and general contract language are helpful guides for administrators. Artists may find tips on writing a resume and formatting digital images.

More Information in Threads

Artist Resources