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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Nurtures Neighborhood Recovery with $1.1M Activation Fund

14 organizations awarded funding to support collaboration and resiliency 

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is allocating $1.1 Million to 14 organizations across the city to support arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic and increase citywide recovery efforts. These lead organizations will sub-contract with neighborhood-based organizations and small businesses to carry out inclusive and creative activation projects and events that further the neighborhoods’ and city’s pandemic recovery process. Selected lead organizations and sub-recipients will support Mayor Harrell’s vision for One Seattle by promoting equity, safety, activated spaces, collaboration, resiliency, and belonging. 

The Neighborhood Recovery program is one-time funding from Payroll Expense Tax approved by the Mayor and Seattle City Council. The 14 funded organizations are now in their Request for Proposal (RFP) processes to select neighborhood-based groups. The lead organizations are:

What Awardees Are Saying

“ReVision Arts is delighted to have been chosen as one of the lead organizations participating in Arts and Culture Neighborhood Recovery Program. The events and activations that this grant will fund in Rainier Valley will support BIPOC, disabled, and those most impacted by COVID and will enhance and delight hundreds of participants this spring and summer.”

Barbara Oswald, Executive Director, South End Seattle Art Center (ReVision Arts)

“The South Downtown neighborhoods of Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square have felt the weight of the pandemic, public safety issues, and ongoing anti-Asian hate. The ARTS grant is truly an opportunity to demonstrate that we are still here, resilient, and filled with joy. We are excited to see what ideas our community will present to celebrate that joy and resilience, to reconnect within and between the neighborhoods and to strengthen those ties as we recover together.”

Kathleen Johnson, Executive Director, Historic South Downtown