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.
“Investing in and supporting our neighborhoods through our local arts and culture organizations is key to continuing support for a revitalized and activated Seattle. Shared arts and culture enhance the lives of the diverse people who live, work, and play here.”royal alley-barnes, Interim Director, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
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 Africatown Community Land Trust, Beacon Arts, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, Downtown Seattle Association, Friends of Waterfront Seattle, Gay City Health Project, Historic South Downtown, Lake City Collective, Museum of History & Industry, Na’ah Illahee Fund, South End Seattle Art Center (ReVision Arts), U District Partnership, Watershed Community Development (formerly Georgetown CDA), and West Seattle Junction.
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
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