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City invests in neighborhood arts and cultural events

We’re pleased to announce funding awards to 40 neighborhood events through our Neighborhood & Community Arts program.

The Neighborhood & Community Arts program will provide $48,000 ($1,200 per organization) to public festivals and events taking place throughout the city this year. Fifteen of the 40 funded projects are first-time recipients, representing 37 percent of the awards.
The varied slate of events includes BeatWalk, Columbia City’s monthly music festival; a national film festival for youth; Honk! Fest West, roving street bands performing across the city; The Edible Book Festival; Sounds Outside, a creative music festival at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill; and dozens of neighborhood festivals celebrating various cultures, including Hawaiian, Asian, African American and Latin art forms.

The program 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.

Image: Mairi Rankin of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, dazzles the audience with Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle tunes at the Mastery of Scottish Arts Concert. Photo by Dr. Gary Brown.