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From florid opera performances to neighborhood ethnic festivals, the arts are essential for feeding the soul and defining the cultural identity of a community. MORE



 

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Broaden community participation and engagement
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Preserve and fully utilize arts space
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Pat Graney Company »The Pat Graney Company serves a wide range of populations; from the 200 incarcerated women we serve each year in the women's prison to the 25 ex-offenders and their families in Seattle, to the dance audiences in Seattle (1500).
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Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory, Inc »Centerstage is Federal Way's resident Theatre Company. It was founded in 1977 and since 1998 has produced shows at the Knutzen Family Theatre on the shores of Puget Sound.
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Seattle Public Theater »Seattle Public Theater (SPT) is a mid-sized professional theater dedicated to building community through the performing arts.
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Recent Foundation Activities
New Partnership with Photo Center NW and The Seattle Foundation
Photo Center NW and The Seattle Foundation are partnering on Elements of a Healthy Community, a photography project documenting the various ways that The Seattle Foundation has supported organizations and quality of life in King County.
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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.
Over 14,000 people are employed by arts and cultural organizations in King County.
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Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation
Fewer American children are getting access to arts education, whether at school or elsewhere, according to this analysis of federal data issued by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the drop is apparently most severe for African-Americans and Hispanics.
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences
This report documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy.
Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce?
Innovation is crucial to competition, and creativity is integral to innovation. U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five skills that will increase in importance over the next five years, and stimulating innovation/creativity and enabling entrepreneurship is among the top 10 challenges of U.S. CEOs. But how to foster creativity in new entrants to the U.S. workforce?
Seattle Music Commission
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially announced the Seattle Music Commission, formed as part of the Seattle City of Music Initiative.
Building Community: Making Space for Art
This Urban Institute report examines the role of the arts in communities; artists working in community development, education, health, or environmental fields; and contemporary art spaces in community planning and revitalization strategies.

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