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City of Seattle
Mike McGinn (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: City to invest in upgrades to cultural facilities

10/23/2013  9:30:00 AM

City to invest in upgrades to cultural facilities
13 organizations to receive funds for urgently needed projects

SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn announced new investments in cultural facilities for Seattle organizations. A total of $250,000 will be distributed to 13 cultural and arts organizations to support projects such as elevator upgrades, seating risers, new stages and electrical systems. An additional $155,000 will be used for upgrades to the historic Moore and Egyptian Theaters.

"These investments will help our cultural institutions remain a vital part of our neighborhoods," said Mayor McGinn. "Upgrading aging facilities can help these institutions focus on maintaining their programs and bringing arts and culture to the people."

Councilmember Nick Licata added, "read "I'm pleased to see the Office of Arts and Culture join the County and the State in addressing these capital needs. By investing in arts-related bricks and mortar, we create sustainable jobs and increase economic activity in Seattle that benefits our entire region."

The cultural facilities program, piloted in 2012, supports Seattle-based arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with one-time funding for facility renovations or the completion of the final phase of new facilities. After a successful pilot year in 2012 in which $150,000 was distributed, Mayor McGinn and the City Council increased the allocation to $250,000.

Mayor McGinn also included the Moore Theatre and Egyptian Theatre in a one-time general fund allocation for historic theatres, in the amounts of $80,000 and $75,000 respectively, for seat replacements, HVAC and electrical system upgrades and ADA access improvements. This expansion resulted in larger, more substantial grants for organizations through the Cultural Facilities funding program.

Projects range in size and scope. The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center will create a new library and resource center in a new facility with their $35,000 award. El Centro de la Raza will receive $35,000 for an elevator upgrade for safety and ADA compliance. Three theatres, including Seattle Public Theatre, Theatre Schmeater and New City Theatre will use their awards for staging and riser upgrades with their respective $4,000, $10,000 and $6,900 grants. Projects will take place and be completed between November 2013 and December 2014.

A total of 15 partners received funding ranging from $4,000 to $80,000. For a complete list of funded organizations, visit the Cultural Facilities web page at:

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