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The Civic Partner program awards funding to arts and cultural and heritage organizations in all disciplines with a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. The City's investment is aimed at creating broad public access to a rich array of quality arts opportunities while promoting a healthy and diverse cultural community.
Civic Partners include well-established institutions serving the entire region, organizations serving a more specialized artistic or community niche, and many smaller or emerging groups. Our Community Partners are arts service organizations that work to serve and strengthen the broad arts and cultural ecosystem by enhancing the capacity of artists and arts groups.
Organizations are reviewed by a peer panel on public impact, artistic excellence and organizational strength.
In 2013, the Civic Partners program awarded $1.6 million to 126 Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations and nine arts service organizations designated as Community Partners. These funded programs engaged more than 18,263 volunteer and paid artists serving an audience of over 1.3 million people, including 244,303 students and youth, and provided 233,908 free admissions. Nearly 29 percent of these projects either involved artists of color or served communities of color.