Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Twenty arts and culture jobs supported through city of Seattle investments
11/27/2012 11:00:00 PM
Twenty arts and culture jobs supported through city of Seattle investments
Program allows arts organizations to fund the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies
SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has just announced recipients of the Arts Mean Business program created this year to fund jobs crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies for Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations. The program will provide over $260,000 in one-time funds for positions that can generate extra revenue to carry out the mission of the organization. Organizations were eligible for varying levels of funding based on their annual budget; all 20 positions are funded at their full requested amounts (see attachment for the full list).
"We are hopeful that by funding these projects in the short term, organizations will be able to develop long-term revenue solutions," said Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs interim director Randy Engstrom. "I'm encouraged by the diversity in the funded partners – from established organizations to up-and-coming groups – there's a real range that showcases Seattle's cultural vibrancy."
"This is a life-changer for me. This means that I get to be our first paid employee and actually make a living at this organization instead of volunteering my time 30 to 40 hours per week," said Betty Jean Williamson, who will become the new director for ROCKiT Community Arts, an organizationdedicated to providing opportunities to create and experience art and music in the Beacon Hill area.
Funded positions range in focus and strategic level. Arts Corp will receive $10,000 to create a position for a program and social justice training coordinator to institute a development series focused on the arts and social justice, while Gage Academy of Art will receive $24,950 to develop art curricula for students of all ages and a summer educator workshop program through a new education specialist position. Sanctuary Art Center (a first-time funded partner) will receive $10,000 to manage their print shop and retail space through a new print manager position, and Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra will develop and implement a new jazz composition contest with their grant of $4,600.
Realizing that their current programs are not at capacity, a number of organizations are funding outreach and marketing positions to promote existing programs to greater audiences. These groups include Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Theatre Off Jackson, Ripple Productions, and Center on Contemporary Art.
Organizations were selected based on their application's mission-based impact, organizational soundness and feasibility, innovation and entrepreneurship. There are a total of 20 grant recipients including five that are first-time funded partners. The organizations are dispersed across the city. For a complete list of funded organizations, visit the Arts Mean Business web page at: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/arts_mean_business_partners.asp
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues affecting the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
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