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Engagement in the Arts 

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The arts flourish best when they connect to their communities—whether in small neighborhood theatres, summertime cultural festivals or the larger organizations of the downtown core.

 

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Tactics
for giving to broaden engagement in the arts
 
  • Contribute to programs that build diverse audiences and encourage participation in the arts
  • Fund grassroots initiatives operating outside of the traditional nonprofit structure
  • Fund organizations that provide support for artists and smaller arts groups
The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
Nearly three-quarters of King County arts patrons say they were first exposed to art in elementary school.
Success Story
Outreach to Diverse Communities by Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum (SAM) reaches out to diverse communities by inviting a wide variety of musicians and DJs to perform at After Hours on select Thursday and Friday nights. SAM also hosts salons, classes and gallery talks for diverse groups at all three museum locations.
Stay Informed:

Seattle Music Commission Unveiled
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially announced the Seattle Music Commission, formed as part of the Seattle City of Music Initiative.
State Spotlight: Engaging Washington Communities through the Arts
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies spotlights the work done to reach underserved communities by the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) through the Arts Participation Initiative.
Gifts of the Muse
This 2004 study addresses the widely perceived need to articulate the private and public benefits of involvement in the arts.
Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest
This report commissioned by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation describes the five characteristics shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to today's changing conditions.
Creative Vitality in Washington State
Across Washington State, creative economy is in evidence in a variety of cities and neighborhoods, and is a factor in the job growth, retail sales, recreational choices, and community aesthetics.
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