A Future for the Arts

Over the next year, ArtsFund will celebrate 50 years of strengthening the community by supporting the arts. A future for the arts is a future for community, and ArtsFund is uniquely positioned to help deliver on that promise. Thanks to thousands of supporters and partners across the decades, our leadership, advocacy and grantmaking programs are working to ensure arts are accessible to all, and valued as central and critical to a healthy society. We are proud to have helped build the Puget Sound arts and cultural community since 1969 and invite you to join us in shaping a future for the arts in our region.


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Our Story

Celebrate ArtsFund’s past and look to the future

ArtsFund was founded in 1969 as the United Arts Council of Puget Sound to bring corporate and civic leaders together to grow and sustain our region’s arts and cultural institutions. ArtsFund is one of the nation’s leading United Arts Funds, and has contributed to the vibrancy of the Central Puget Sound region by supporting the health and vitality of arts and cultural organizations and the individuals they serve. As both the region and the arts and cultural community have grown and evolved, ArtsFund has been there every step of the way. In addition to our grantmaking, our research, programs, and advocacy contribute to a sustainable, collaborative, informed and inclusive future for the arts


“ArtsFund is more than just a grant making organization. It represents a community of like-minded organizations and individuals who believe in the power and importance of art.”

Bellevue Art Museum

Our Impact

Thanks to the support of our donors and partners, we are proud to have helped build the Puget Sound arts and cultural community through 50 years of leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking. Join us in looking back at our impact, from last year to 1969!

As we celebrate 50 years of impact, we are grateful to our partners and supporters for being central to our story.

“We are a small and volunteer run organization. Our affiliation with ArtsFund helps our community and donors to see us as legitimate and recognized for the work we do.”

LeiLani Nishime, Seattle Asian American Film Festival

“The arts are critical to our community and ArtsFund provides a leadership role in elevating the awareness of the arts and providing the funds to help the arts thrive.”

ArtsFund Donor

Special Events

50th Anniversary Kickoff–ArtsFund Day

We kick off our 50th Anniversary Year with a proclamation from Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City of Seattle, who has declared October 15, 2019 to be “ArtsFund Day.” To learn more and to read the proclamation, click here.

Digital Celebration of the Arts Event

Join ArtsFund on September 17, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm as we celebrate the resilience of the Puget Sound Region’s cultural community over the past 50 years. We hope you’ll join us for an entertaining and inspirational program. For more information, and to register, click here.

Share your story

Whether you’re a supporter, partner, or an artist or arts leader, you are a member of the ArtsFund family, and your story has shaped ArtsFund’s. We want to hear your story! What’s your connection to ArtsFund? What impact have you made as a result? Share your impact story using #ArtsFund50 at: Facebook: @ArtsFundSeattle | Instagram: @ArtsFundSeattle | Twitter: @ArtsFund. Quotes may be featured on this 50th anniversary website and in additional ArtsFund materials.

“Support from ArtsFund impacts our organization by empowering us to provide deeply accessible arts programming to the community.”

Amanda Winterhalter, Town Hall Seattle

Support a future for the arts

Join us in shaping a future for the arts in our region.

A single gift to ArtsFund supports more than 120 organizations large & small and strengthens the arts sector as a whole. Help us build community through the arts with a gift today!

“I support ArtsFund because I get to support the ecosystem of our arts community with one donation.”

ArtsFund Donor

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