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SUBJECT: City of Seattle's cultural grants top $50 million with latest investment in neighborhood and community arts

1/6/2014  10:00:00 AM

City of Seattle's cultural grants top $50 million with latest investment in neighborhood and community arts
Funding will support a broad range of festivals and events throughout the city in 2014

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces funding awards to over 40 neighborhood arts festivals and events through its Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) program. This $50,000 investment places the Office's total investment in artists and cultural organizations since its 1971 inception at over $50 million. The NCA program will invest $1,200 per organization in events taking place in 18 neighborhoods throughout the city. 82 applications were received for the program; of the 42 funded projects, 14 represent first-time applicants to the program and 22 specifically serve immigrants and communities of color.

"I'm very proud of our support of local artists and organizations over the last four decades," said Randy Engstrom, director of the Office of Arts & Culture. "It's a great accomplishment to have supported Seattle's cultural community to the tune of fifty million dollars, though the artistic productions garnered from Seattle's artists are the true achievement."

In an effort to better serve the community, the Office is transitioning the NCA program to a two-year support program starting in 2014. The top 20 panel-ranked grantees this year will be offered two years of funding (2014 and 2015) without re-applying. All others will be funded for one year, and offered the opportunity to apply, along with other groups, for two-year funding next year.

The varied slate of community events includes the APRIL Festival, a small press and independent literature festival; the Chinese Arts & Culture Festival, providing a comprehensive look at Chinese culture through performing arts, music, visual arts displays and crafts; the Georgetown Carnival, a showcase of the diverse communities in the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor; the NEPO 5K Don't Run, an annual art walk spread across a 5km route from the International District to Beacon Hill; the Social Justice Film Festival, which features short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films; and the Women Who Rock unconference, honoring women involved in Seattle music scenes.

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 for 2014 events, go here:

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

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We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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