City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Neighborhood arts and cultural events supported through City investment
12/19/2012  10:00:00 PM

Neighborhood arts and cultural events supported through City investment
Funding will support a broad range of festivals and events throughout the city in 2013

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces funding awards to 40 neighborhood arts festivals and events through its Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) program. The program will invest $48,000 ($1,200 per organization) in events taking place throughout the city over the next year. 71 applications were received for the program; of the 40 funded projects, 14 represent organizations that have never before been funded by the office and 23 specifically serve immigrants and communities of color.

"Seattle's neighborhoods are home to a wealth of cultural events that forge connections and create community," said Randy Engstrom, interim director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "We're pleased to support creativity at a grassroots level and help build community through arts and cultural participation."

The varied slate of neighborhood events includes the 9th Anniversary of 206 Zulu, a national hip hop/urban arts summit celebrating Latino, Asian and African American visual arts, musicians and dancers; Wordplay, a LGBT-targeted spoken word poetry festival; Beacon Rocks!, a half day celebration with concerts, dance performances, haiku competition and more; and the Filipino American History Month Celebration, featuring new chorale music and a traditional Filipino string orchestra.

A number of the supported programs are Festals which take place at Seattle Center including the Tet Festival, Pagdiriwang Phillippine Festival, Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest, Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, Hmong New Year, 7th Annual Evening of Sevdah, Spirit of West Africa, and the Piestas Patrias Community Celebration.

NCA supports neighborhood groups that produce recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture.

For a complete listing of events and festivals funded in 2012, go here:

For more information on all the funding programs offered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, go here:

About the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
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 artists in our community, and advocating for issues that affect 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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