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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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Pacific Ballroom Dance »Pacific Ballroom Dance is a social development and arts education organization that uses the medium of ballroom dance to teach young people confidence, teamwork, and joy.
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Shunpike »Founded in 2001, Shunpike is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small and mid-sized arts groups better manage the business of art.
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Macha Monkey Productions »Founded in 2001, Macha Monkey Productions is a dynamic theater company based in Seattle, creating and producing fearless, funny, female theatre.
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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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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.
Over 14,000 people are employed by arts and cultural organizations in King County.
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Arts Education Partnership State Policy Database
The Arts Education State Policy Database is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts.
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.
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.
Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefits Student Achievement
Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success?
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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