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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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Town Hall Association »Formed collaboratively in 1998 as a shared venue, Town Hall Seattle is both an arts organization and a community resource, with a season collectively programmed by the community itself.
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Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras »Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) is the largest youth symphony organization in the U.S., directly serving over 1,100 students each year. SYSO offers a variety of programming to meet the music education needs of students at every level.
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Museum of History and Industry »Since opening in 1952, MOHAI has established itself as the preeminent institution in the region for engaging people in the exploration and understanding of the history, character and development of our community.
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Norman Rice addresses Cultural Congress
President/CEO Norman Rice gave the opening keynote address at the 2010 Cultural Congress, a two-day meeting of arts leaders and cultural professionals from across Washington and Oregon.
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Youth Music and Arts Center Fosters a Participatory Creative Culture
The Vera Project (Vera) is a music and arts center run by and for youth. It engages participants in all levels of music production and community organizing to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages. Vera recently completed a $1.8 million capital campaign and moved into a new space at Seattle Center. With a capacity for 400 people, the space includes a performance space, art gallery, recording studio and screen printing studio.
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Puget Sound Arts Economic Impact Study
This ArtsFund study reports on the economic impacts of 357 nonprofit arts, cultural, and scientific organizations located in the Central Puget Sound region.
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?
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.
K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year
This report examines the quality of public education in Washington state and the educational preparation of the next generation of Washington citizens.
Creating Public Value in State Arts Organizations
This 2005 book is a presentation of a general analytic frame­work that has proven useful to managers in many public agencies in helping them develop their own ideas (in consultation with others) of what constitutes a forward-looking, value-creating strategy to guide the operations of their organizations.

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