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Information: Sarah Sidman | 206-788-3051 |
ArtsFund, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Communications

For Immediate Release
May 30, 2019


Seattle, WA – ArtsFund announced today that on April 28, 2019 with the passage of the 2019-2021 biennium state capital budget, the Building for the Arts program was awarded $12 million, a receipt of the full funding requested for 14 capital projects across the state.

The Building for the Arts capital grant program was created in 1991 by ArtsFund and The Boeing Company to support Washington State arts and cultural organizations with facility improvements and expansion. Since then, this highly successful program has been awarded over $113 million to support 241 projects across the state.

ArtsFund interim CEO, Sandy McDade said, “We are thankful to the legislators who saw the importance of this program as well as all of the advocates, including the participating arts groups, their constituents, and arts supporters. Each of these important projects contribute to the economic health, culture, and vibrancy of the region, serving unique community needs. The new facilities and renovations made possible by Building for the Arts grants will have a broad and sustained positive economic and social impact for Washington State.”

ArtsFund thanks and recognizes the coalition of organizations with Building for the Arts projects, past and present, for their ongoing support of the program, as well the budget writers for their inclusion of full funding in the capital budget.


2019–2021 Building for the Arts Grant Recipients

Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network | $1,057,000

Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap | $964,000

Fort Worden Foundation | $712,000

Imagine Children’s Museum | $2,000,000

KidsQuest Children’s Museum | $816,000

Music Center of the Northwest | $300,000

Nordic Heritage Museum Foundation | $2,000,000

Port Angeles Waterfront Center | $1,112,000

Roxy Bremerton Foundation | $51,000

Sea Mar Community Health Centers | $654,000

Seattle Opera | $526,000

Seattle Symphony Orchestra | $912,000

Seattle Theatre Group | $310,000

Tacoma Arts Live | $586,000


For more information about the Building for the Arts program, click here.


About ArtsFund:

ArtsFund’s Mission: ArtsFund strengthens the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making.


ArtsFund’s Vision: A community with a dynamic and world-class arts and cultural sector where the arts are accessible to all and valued as central and critical to a healthy society.