Cultural Facilities Fund
Now for the fourth year in a row, the Office of Arts & Culture is proud to offer capital funding for major projects through its Cultural Facilities Fund.
Cultural facilities, including performing arts centers, museums, cinemas, galleries, music venues, and workshop and rehearsal spaces, create visibility for the arts and function as community gathering places. They provide cultural opportunities for residents and visitors, economic vitality to neighborhoods and surrounding businesses, and homes for artists and arts groups. They are the anchors for our creative neighborhoods, the portals through which our neighbors engage with the arts.
Cultural Space Liaison
The Cultural Facilities Fund is designed to support Seattle-based organizations with facilities-based capital projects. The program awards funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility projects, including ADA compliance, facility renovations, or new facility projects. See our Guidelines document, linked above, for more information about eligible projects.
Eligible organizations must have at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle. A significant amount of funding for the facility's project beyond this grant must be in place before applying. Projects must be able to take place and be completed between November 2015 and December 2016.
What am I eligible for?
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Want to get the word out about your arts or cultural event or exhibit? Here are some tips on sending out information to the public and local media.
Step 1. Gather all the details: who, what, where, when and why.
Step 2. Gather graphics for publicity. Gather photos, create a logo if necessary, work with a designer on the look and any printed materials.
Step 3. Write a press release and/or prepare a press kit and send to the media.
The Press Release
Press releases inform the media about your event and can inspire the media to publish a calendar listing or even cover the event. Click here for a description and example of the anatomy of a press release.
- Try to let the media know what makes your event unique or relevant.
- Be genuine. Exaggeration or inaccuracy will only hurt your chances of being a reliable media source. The more a press release reads like an actual news article, the better. Many smaller publications love releases they can print verbatim.
- Press releases should look professional and be easy to read. Type double-spaced.
- Make sure the organization's name, address, website and contact information is visible.
- Include the media contact's name, direct phone line and e-mail address near the top of the first page.
- Include a "pull date" (the last date of the event) near the top of the first page.
- Include a headline that summarizes the event and invites people to read the details.
- All the most pertinent information should be included in the first paragraph - the five W's. Who is presenting what, where and when? Why should people attend? Include information on how people can attend or buy tickets, locations of ticket venues or website, e-mail and/or box office phone-line information.
- Additional paragraphs can provide more descriptive information about the event, artists involved and quotes.
- Use your mission statement or general description of the organization at the end of the press release.
- If the press release is longer than one page, write "-More-" at the bottom of each page. At the end of the last page, include "# # #" to indicate the end of the release.
The Press Kit
Press kits provide useful background information for members of the press writing previews or reviews of your arts or cultural event. A press kit should be organized in a folder and generally includes:
1) Organization Information (front to back on the left side of the folder)
- Mission statement
- Brief organizational history
- Organizational brochure
- Feature articles on the organization or lead staff
- Board list
- Business card for media contact
2) Specific Event Information (front to back on the right side of the folder)
- Press release for the event
- Photos or artwork related to the event
- Event postcard or flyer
- Event program
- Artists' bios, if not in the program
- Preview articles about the event
Note: Do not include reviews of the event or previous events in the press packet. Most reviewers do not want to be influenced by the opinions of others.
There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:
- City of Seattle
- Craig's List
You must be an individual or organizational member of Theatre Puget Sound to post listings.
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Daily and weekly papers
Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.
- International Examiner - Contact
- Northwest Asian Weekly - Contact
- Pacific Publishing's papers serve the University District, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wedgewood, Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park, Broadmoor, Washington Park, Madrona, Madison Valley, Leschi, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, South Hill, International District and Kirkland. Contact
- Robinson News publishes Ballard News Tribune, West Seattle Herald, White Center News, The Highline Times
Most radio stations accept a written public service announcement (PSA). Some will take a pre-recorded PSA. Check the website of the radio station you think best matches your audience. Many stations belong to the Puget Sound Broadcasters Association or Washington State Association of Broadcasters . Both organizations list links to their members.
Local television stations are:
2014 Cultural Facilities Partners
Repairing and restoring the space to its original condition after a recent flood.
Addition of motion-sensor lights and cameras with a new DVR recorder added to capture footage from new and existing cameras.
Improvements and a redesign for their current Community Center kitchen, and the creation of an adjacent outdoor area as a community gathering space
Providing full fire protection for the Seattle Landmark Washington Hall building.
Installing a new HVAC system
Finishing the installation of a theater in 109 Main St, creating the permanent home of Ripple Productions and the Cafe Nordo shows.
Purchasing and installing security lighting & cameras to SEEDArts Studios, which will house 22 artist studios/office spaces for creative enterprises in Hillman City.
Building out an office space, film library, and screening room in their new location at 12th Avenue Arts
Revitalizing the physical infrastructure at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, including a window replacement project and classroom upgrades.
2013 Cultural Facilities Partners
Upgrades to bathrooms and kitchen for students, installation of new drinking fountain
Creation of two theaters in the 12th Avenue Arts development
Seating risers for the conversion of rehearsal room to black box theater in the old Intiman Playhouse
Improvements to wood and metal shops (ventilation, heat, and safety)
Elevator upgrades for safety and ADA compliance
Creation of new storefront access for new facility at Seattle Center, and new "in-studio" performance space
Installation of new audience risers to expand capacity by 39%
Replacement of decking on the lightship Swiftsure
Replacement of stage floor and lobby carpet
Replacement of dangerously outdated electrical system for theatrical lighting
Installation of new stage in new theater space
Installation of exterior security lighting
Creation of new library and resource center in new facility
2012 Cultural Facilities Partners
Dance Studio Upgrades (floor/blinds)
ADA Access Entryway
Roof & Furnace Replacement
HVAC & Electrical Wiring
Theatre Chair Replacement
Exterior Security Lighting/Gates
Elevator, Access & Seismic Upgrades
Lighting, Fencing and Signage
ADA Lift and Railings
Assistive Listening System
Electrical System Upgrade
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