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Arts Capital Funding Meeting

Tonight, arts organizations have an opportunity to learn about the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs (OACA) new arts and cultural facilities capital funding program. The meeting will take place at the Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

OACA staff will be available to discuss the elements of a strong funding application and provide information on arts and culture related capital funding programs outside of OACA. Specifics on eligibility and how to apply to OACA’s pilot program will also be addressed. Space is limited so RSVP now to Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov or call her at (206) 733-9926.

Seattle Art Museum under construction, 1985

After years of receving requests from worthy organizations seeking capital funding directly from the Council for their arts or cultural facilities, I sponsored legislation providing funds to be directed to OACA, which is the appropirate body to decide how to allocate such funds. The Mayor has not yet included in his budgets funding for capital projects related to arts and culture.

Although OACA’s program is currently only a pilot, I hope to see it someday evolve into a fully-funded annual award program, on par with those long-held arts capital funding programs administered by King County and the State.

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