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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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Vashon Allied Arts »VAA’s goal is to provide cultural enrichment opportunities to community members as well as career and skill advancement opportunities for professional artists.
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The Ethnic Heritage Council (EHC) advances cross-cultural understanding and informs area residents about the ethnic experience in the Northwest through festivals, workshops, meetings and publications.

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Theatre Puget Sound »Theatre Puget Sound was founded by and for the theatre community in 1997. Informal gatherings uncovered a desire for a singular umbrella entity to formerly address the collective needs.
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Recent Foundation Activities
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.
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.
Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10
This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, with comparisons with data from a 1999–2000 arts education study.
Reinvesting in Arts Education
This report is a product of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities, which conducted an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education in the U.S. Based on what was learned about needs and opportunities, the PCAH makes five recommendations for actions to be undertaken by different stakeholders to advance arts education.
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?

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