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Thank you to everyone who attended ArtsFund's May 19th Celebration of the Arts luncheon. Many thanks to the participants and the volunteers who contributed time and energy to make the luncheon a wonderful experience for all!
ArtsFund helps the arts thrive with financial help and management skills
NOT all the magic happens on stage, in the orchestra pit, on screen or the dance floor. Before the curtain rises or the baton drops, ArtsFund has been directing financial support and rehearsing strategic plans. To read the full Seattle Times Editorial, please click here
ArtsFund Announces 2012 Grants
This year's 2012 ArtsFund Grant recipients have been announced! Thanks to the continued, generous support of Puget Sound businesses and individuals, ArtsFund announced today that it has made grants to 60 King and Pierce County arts groups totaling $2.36 million. For more information, please click below.
ArtsFund Announces Spring Training: Board Leadership!
ArtsFund keeps an eye to the future by helping to train a new generation of leaders for arts organizations. Through Board Leadership Training, ArtsFund provides future and current board members with skill to help arts organizations be successful financially and artistically. This program is generously sponsored by The Boeing Company. For more information, please click here.
ARTSFUND’s 25th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS LUNCHEON
ArtsFund welcomed more than 1000 arts supporters to the 25th Celebration of the Arts Luncheon, sponsored by the Boeing Company, on May 14, 2013. Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Managing Director Ben Moore was presented ArtsFund’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, James and Sherry Raisbeck were honored for Lifetime Dedication to the Arts, and PONCHO was recognized for enriching the community through support of the arts for half a century. Keynote speaker Ben Cameron inspired and challenged the crowd in his insightful remarks. Click here for a pdf of Ben Cameron's complete keynote remarks.
KCTS9 interview with Enrique Cerna
Jim Tune, ArtsFund’s President & CEO, sits down with KCTS9’s Enrique Cerna to discuss the current economic situation of our arts community and the Take Part In Art Festival (www.takepartinart.org). Click to watch the KCTS9 interview.
Board Leadership Training – Thank You to The Boeing Company!
This fall’s Board Leadership Training program kicked off in September with nearly 20 veteran Associates and a number of arts board members in attendance. This five-session program provides in-depth information to equip committed volunteers to be highly effective board members. Our thanks to The Boeing Company for its generous sponsorship of this program.
Jim Tune on Comcast Newsmakers
As part of ArtsFund’s effort to publicize the Take Part In Art Festival from February 20 – March 1, 2009, Jim Tune, President & CEO, taped a Newsmakers spot for Comcast. Click here to watch Comcast Newsmakers.
National Endowments Cut as Congress Reaches Appropriations Deal
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for FY2012, which includes $146.2 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is identical to President Obama's proposed budget, and represents a cut of nearly $9 million less than FY 2011. To read more click here.
Microsoft is Newest Spotlight Corporate Supporter
ArtsFund is proud to count Microsoft amongst its long-term supporters. Whether it’s via employee time, money or talent, or via corporate contributions, giving back to the community is ingrained in the company’s culture. With the majority of Microsoft employees and their families calling this region home, Microsoft believes that a thriving arts and culture scene is critical to the continued vitality of our community. Working together with partners like Microsoft, we strive to create an environment where the arts will thrive and be enjoyed for generations to come. Thank you, Microsoft!
New Spotlight Organizations: Seattle Pro Musica & Wing Luke Museum
ArtsFund kicks off the holiday season by recognizing two fantastic organizations serving our local community: Seattle Pro Musica and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. To learn more about these organizations and their upcoming events and exhibits, please visit our About ArtsFund and Support ArtsFund pages.
New Spotlight Organizations: Richard Hugo House and The Vera Project
Whether you're looking to rock out at this year's Capitol Hill Block Party, or work on that novel you've been meaning to get to, The Vera Project and Richard Hugo House are here to help you out. To learn more about these organizations, visit our About ArtsFund and Support ArtsFund pages, and then check out their websites!
Non-Profit Arts Generate $447.6 Million Annually For Seattle's Economy
A new study done by Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a project of Americans for the Arts, indicates that non-profit arts and culture organizations generate about $447.6 million annually for Seattle's economy. For a summary of the findings, please click here. For the full report, please click here.
Now is the Perfect Time to Give to ArtsFund!
It's not too late to give to Campiagn 2012! ArtsFund is keeping the books open for another couple of weeks as final gifts come in. So be sure to give now! Thank you for supporting King and Pierce County arts through ArtsFund. Click the "Donate Now" button at the top right of this page to make a donation today.
Pierce County Arts Spotlight
Spring is just around the corner, but the Puget Sound arts are already in full bloom! From Happy Days: A New Musical
at Tacoma Musical Playhouse
, to Maestro Gerard Schwarz guest-conducting at Northwest Sinfonietta
in June, Pierce County has something for every arts enthusiast.
To learn more about Northwest Sinfonietta, please click here
To learn more about Tacoma Musical Playhouse, please click here
ArtsFund's 2011 Annual Report Is Here!
ArtsFund is proud to present its 2011 Annual Report. Thanks to fantastic design by EXLAIM LLC, this year’s report celebrates the businesses and individuals that helped make possible the incredible art done by ArtsFund grant recipients. To view an electronic version of the report, please click here.
ArtsFund Receives Major Grant to Connect More People to Art
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $570,000 grant to ArtsFund to fund the development of an online resource to collect, manage, and publish arts and cultural information. ArtsFund will administer the grant on behalf of Project Audience, a consortium of arts and cultural service organizations, which launches a 12-month pilot project this month. For more info click here.
ArtsFund Welcomes New President & CEO Mari Horita
ArtsFund Chair Jim Duncan announced today that the Board of Trustees has chosen business and community leader Mari Horita as ArtsFund’s next President & CEO. She follows Jim Tune, who will retire at the end of the year. She will assume her new position on January 2, 2012. See full story here:
Jim Duncan and Sparling Newest Leadership Spotlight Organization
ArtsFund proudly recognizes Board Chair Jim Duncan and Sparling as the newest Spotlight Leadership organization. Their longstanding dedication to the local arts community sets an inspiring example of civic stewardship, and we are grateful to have their tireless support. To learn more about their particpation in the arts community, click here.
New Features on the ArtsFund Website!
ArtsFund has made a couple of changes to its website that will make it easier for you to take part in art the way you want to! Our new Donate Now page enables you to choose whether you would like to make a pledge and pay later, or make a one-time donation and pay in full now. Also, there are new badges at the top right of our website that will link you to ArtsFund’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts so you can be in the know about what’s going on now. Learn more about current arts events by member organizations, upcoming Associates events, video interviews with leaders in the community, and other ArtsFund programming. Check it out!
Seattle Cultural Community 2013 Mayoral Forum
Save the date for the Seattle Cultural Community 2013 Mayoral Forum at Town Hall Seattle on Monday, June 3 from 7:30-9:30 p.m, presented by the Seattle Cultural Community and Town Hall as part of the Town Hall Civics series, and supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation. To reserve your free ticket and find more information, click here.
Spotlight Corporate Donor
ArtsFund is proud to spotlight its partnership with PACCAR for their longtime support. Since its initial involvement in 1970, PACCAR has generously donated over $3.8 million to local arts groups through the ArtsFund allocation process. We are grateful to have this longstanding collaboration. Thank you PACCAR!
Thank You to Safeco Insurance!
ArtsFund President & CEO Mari Horita accepts Safeco Insurance Foundation's $100,000 gift from Matt Nickerson, President, Safeco Insurance, at Safeco Field. ArtsFund is proud to partner with Safeco to support the arts and strengthen our community. Thank you, Safeco!
Welcome Associates Class of 2012!
Join ArtsFund in welcoming over 140 volunteers, including over 70 new volunteers, to the ArtsFund Associates program for Campaign 2012! Since 1989, the Associates program has provided over 1,000 volunteers with exclusive access to the arts, unique networking opportunities, and myriad other tools necessary to become community leaders and arts advocates. Click here to learn more about the program!
Please Join Us for the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon
A Celebration of the Arts Luncheon
Thursday, May 19, 2011
1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Doors open at 11:30am
Luncheon begins promptly at 12:00 noon
Adjournment promptly at 1:30pm
Accomplished author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie
will be the keynote speaker at ArtsFund’s 23rd
Annual Celebration of the Arts
ArtsFund will present its Lifetime Dedication to the Arts award to Ann P. Wyckoff and its Outstanding Achievement in the Arts award to Clarence Acox.
The luncheon will feature a performance by members of the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble.
ArtsFund CEO Jim Tune Announces Plans to Step Down
ArtsFund President & CEO Jim Tune has announced he will step down once a successor is found to lead the region's preeminent fundraising and advocacy group for the arts. For full story, click here. ArtsFund Board Chair Jim Duncan praised Tune's accomplishments at ArtsFund and said that the board will immediately form a committee to conduct a national search. Tune joined ArtsFund as CEO in 2005. Click here for the Seattle Times article. For the Puget Sound Business Journal article, click here.
ArtsFund 2010 Annual Report
ArtsFund's 2010 Annual Report is available here! In 2010, ArtsFund provided $2.1 million in grants to more than 60 arts groups. We thank all of the businesses and individuals whose gifts made this work possible. Our Annual Report, with a beautiful design from EXCLAIM, provides more information on the work ArtsFund accomplished in 2010.
2011 Economic Impact Study Released
ArtsFund has recently released the findings from the 2011 Economic Impact Study. A year in the making, this study analyzes the impacts of arts and cultural organizations and their patrons during the 2009-2010 timeframe. For more information, please click here.
ArtsFund Annual Meeting Held November 8, 2010
ArtsFund members came together to thank outgoing trustees and welcome new ones. A new slate of officers was elected—welcome new Board Chair Jim Duncan of Sparling! Read Jim’s speech here.
ArtsFund Grants Come within Five Percent of Previous-Year Grants
ArtsFund announces that it has made grants of $2,100,226 to 62 King and Pierce County nonprofit arts organizations for 2010. Click here for full story:
Thank you Campaign 2010 Donors!
On behalf of the King and Pierce County cultural organizations we support that contribute so much to the quality of life in our region, thank you! If you haven’t already made a tax-deductible gift to ArtsFund, please consider doing so today by clicking here, or you may call 206.281.9050 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to all who attended the May 12 Celebration of the Arts luncheon, and a special thanks to the participants and volunteers. You may read Michael Kaiser’s keynote speech here:
A video of the speech will be posted soon; please check back, or if you would like us to notify you when it’s available, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, please consider making a gift to ArtsFund’s 2010 Campaign today!
Check out Jim Tune's blog
ArtsFund invites you to check out Jim Tune's seattlepi.com blog. It's another way that ArtsFund hopes to share knowledge and commentary about the arts and our culture. Commentary is always welcome.
Save the Date: Celebration of the Arts Luncheon May 12, 2010
ArtsFund announces our 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Westin Seattle. Keynote speaker: Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Registration will open mid-February 2010. Mark your calendar!
Demand for access to cultural organizations is up while funding is down
Arts organizations across Washington state recognize the current recession requires new thinking and leadership, planning, and adaptability. To better understand the impact of the recession, the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) and ArtsFund conducted parallel studies which together measured the effects of the recession on cultural organizations across Washington state. ArtsFund's final report is below. Please visit www.arts.wa.gov/projects/economic-survey.shtml for WSAC's full report.
Help Shape the News and Win Arts Tickets
Your ideas are critical in helping ArtsFund determine how best to re-design its newsletter. This survey should take one-minute and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to three exciting arts events. Deadline is September 30. Thank you for your input!
(Please click on this link or – if that doesn’t work – copy and paste it into the address line of your web browser)
Click below for ArtsFund’s fall newsletter.
Recruitment for ArtsFund’s Campaign 2010 Associates Program is Underway!
If you are interested in supporting the arts, networking with fantastic people, acquiring new skills, and attending great arts events, the ArtsFund Associate Program is a perfect fit!
ArtsFund Associates raised over $600,000 in Campaign 2009. This major accomplishment is attributed entirely to the talented, energized and dedicated group of volunteers who take part in the program. Recruitment for Campaign 2010’s volunteers is underway.
In exchange for volunteering approximately five to seven hours a month, ArtsFund Associates receive a multitude of benefits, including:
- Involvement with a highly regarded community organization
- Learning more about the arts in this community
- Valuable training and experience in fundraising and boardsmanship
- Development of new professional contacts and friendships
- Identification and visibility within company as a community representative
For more information about the Associates Program please review the brochure below or contact Annemarie Scalzo at email@example.com
To sign up, please fill out the form below and return to ArtsFund by October 16th
SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BOEING EMPLOYEES:
- If you are currently a Boeing Employee who was not an Associate last Campaign, you will need to go through an application process specialized for new Boeing applicants. This application is available below and must be returned to Annemaries@artsfund.org by October 16th. Your application will be reviewed by a committee and admittance to the program will be determined by qualifications and space available. ArtsFund will notify you as to the status of your application by the end of October. If you are not accepted to Campaign 2010, you will be put on a waitlist in case space becomes available prior to the official kick off of the campaign, and are also welcome to apply again in future years.
- If you are currently a Boeing Employee and participated in the Campaign 2009 Associates Program please fill out the Standard Sign Up Form (NOT the Boeing Application for New Associates Form) to continue participation in Campaign 2010.
Despite Tough Economy, ArtsFund Fulfills Base Grant Commitments to Nonprofit Arts Groups
Despite the worst economic climate in decades, ArtsFund announced it met base-level funding commitments to 61 King and Pierce County nonprofit arts groups and awarded grants to an additional 20 groups on a discretionary basis. The amount of grants totaled $2,227,027 for 2009.
ArtsFund Study Recommends Improvements on Arts Education
With generous support from The Clowes Fund, Inc. ArtsFund has completed a study that evaluates how funders, nonprofit arts groups and public schools can collaborate to improve arts education. Beyond concrete and achievable recommendations, the study also made clear that ArtsFund can play an important role in building that collaboration. This fall, we will work with Philanthropy Northwest and arts education professionals to discuss the study and develop plans for implementing key initiatives. Puget Sound Business Journal's Clay Holtzman follows this discussion on his blog.
Campaign 2009 in the Home Stretch
On June 25th, the ArtsFund Board will review and vote on 2009 grant recommendations submitted by our King and Pierce County Allocations Committees, the final step in committee members’ roughly 80 hours of application review and interviews. Between then and now, ArtsFund’s Board, staff, and Associates are focused on reminding people of the value of the arts and encouraging them to put ArtsFund’s experienced leadership and proven system to work investing in the arts that add so much to our quality of life here. Click to see 2008 grant recipients and how our allocations process works by reading our grant process. Already convinced? Donate Now!
Peter F. Donnelly (1938 – 2009)
ArtsFund President Emeritus Peter F. Donnelly died Saturday, March 28th from complications of pancreatic cancer. He served as ArtsFund President and CEO from 1989 through 2005. He will be missed terribly by the arts and by this community. A celebration of his life was held Monday, April 20, 6pm at the Bagley Wright Theatre, home of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
To read more, please visit KUOW, The Seattle Times, Crosscut, King5.com, Frye Art Museum, Puget Sound Business Journal, The Gathering Note, The Seattle Times- Tribute, The Seattle Times- Letters to Editor and Seattlepi.com. Peter was awarded the 2005 Mayor's Arts Award.
Please click here to see KCTS9's tribute to Peter and Seatte Channel's tribute created for Peter's memorial.
Click here to see a of Peter's career.
ArtsFund's Celebration of the Arts Luncheon
ArtsFund celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 21 at the annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon. Chap and Eve Alvord and Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Linda Hartzell were honored. David Horsey gave a cartoon-supported keynote address. Click here to view his cartoon recongizing ArtsFund's 40th anniversary.
Please visit Clay Holtzman's Puget Sound Business Journal blog
for his words on the luncheon.
Thank You for Taking Part in Art!
More than 60 King and Pierce County arts organizations participated in the first-ever Take Part In Art Festival! These organizations banded together to offer their communities incredible discounts and pay-what-you-will offers from February 20 – March 1.
ArtsFund collaborated with Market the Arts Taskforce and the ArtsFund Board Communications Committee to launch this year’s Festival. Thanks to generous Take Part In Art Festival supporters POP, KING 5, KONG 6/16 & Northwest Cable News, Comcast, APCO Worldwide, Victory Studios, Starbucks Coffee Company, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
Thank you for taking part in art this spring! Puget Sound arts look forward to seeing you throughout 2009!
Click here to see what The Seattle Times said about the Take Part In Art Festival.
State of the Arts in Our Economic Crisis
What’s the reaction of nonprofit arts in this region to the current economic crisis? Focus. Through its recent survey of 81 King and Pierce County nonprofit arts groups, ArtsFund found that groups are focused on protecting core services to the community as they cut expenses and redouble fundraising efforts. Click here to read the full report.
You can also view articles by The Seattle Times
, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
and Puget Sound Business Journal
Safeco Insurance Foundation Awards ArtsFund $500k
One of our most active and generous partners throughout our history, The Safeco Insurance Foundation, awarded $500,000 to be paid in equal installments over the next five years. Safeco has contributed more than $3.5 million to the arts through ArtsFund, starting at our 1969 founding. The grant stipulates $20,000 a year be directed to the Mary Helen Moore Diversity Fund.
Celebration of the Arts Luncheon in Tacoma
ArtsFund held its 5th Annual Pierce County Celebration of the Arts luncheon on November 11 at Tacoma’s Hotel Murano. We honored award recipients Dick and Marcia Moe and Tacoma Opera’s Kathryn Smith. Follow the link to read the inspiring keynote address by Daniel Fulton, President & CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company.
ArtsFund Makes Record Grants to Arts Groups in 2008
ArtsFund, the region’s umbrella funding organization for the arts, announced today that it has made grants of $2.977 million to 70 King and Pierce County arts groups. The total of $2.977 million is the highest dollar amount ever distributed by ArtsFund in its 39 years of making distributions.
Celebration of the Arts Luncheon
Thank you to all who attended our Celebration of the Arts luncheon! Click here to read the keynote address given by Ben Cameron, Program Director, Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.