ArtsFund’s Associates program engages 150 volunteers annually, developing their leadership skills, fundraising prowess and interest in the arts. The Board Leadership Training program has placed scores of veteran Associates on nonprofit arts boards and has trained hundreds of current members of arts boards.
ArtsFund also conducts research valuable to cultural organizations, elected officials and other policy makers and the media. Conducted every five years (the most recent study was published in January 2011), ArtsFund’s economic impact study of cultural activity measures the significance of cultural organizations and their patrons to our economy and tracks the growth of cultural activity over the decades.
ArtsFund is an effective advocate for cultural activities in the public policy arena. Since 1991, when it founded the Building for the Arts program with The Boeing Company, that program has secured $71 million in State of Washington funds for 182 arts capital projects across the state.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2011, in a still-challenging economy, ArtsFund made grants of $2.4 million to 63 King and Pierce County arts groups, a more than 13% increase over 2010. ArtsFund also welcomed new President & CEO Mari Horita in January 2012.
ArtsFund strives to support the overall health of the region's arts and cultural community by coordinating significant volunteer efforts, facilitating partnerships among arts groups, and participating in policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of the arts. ArtsFund's goal is to look back on this difficult economic period and see that our efforts helped ensure that our arts community not only survived but became even more vibrant.