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ARTSFUND MISSION

ArtsFund supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington.

ARTSFUND Vision

A community with a dynamic, equitable, and robust cultural sector where the arts are accessible to all and valued as central and critical to a healthy society.

ARTSFUND’S VALUES

• We believe that arts and culture are a tool for social change.

• We believe in arts and culture as an economic driver that creates jobs and revitalizes communities through its interconnectedness with the entire Washington economy.

• We believe in promoting equity by centering those most impacted by systemic oppression, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.

• We believe that communities benefit when youth and families are engaged in the arts.

• We believe that strong data, both quantitative and qualitative, can drive meaningful advocacy and change narratives.

• We believe that the arts bring people together with different experiences and that convening is essential for healthy communities.

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

In fall 2020, the ArtsFund Board of Trustees approved a new Theory of Change.

GRANT ALLOCATIONS

For over four decades, ArtsFund has strengthened the community by raising funds from individuals and businesses to support the region’s nonprofit arts sector through grants and other organizational assistance. Through its widely respected allocations process, ArtsFund has distributed more than $89 million in grants to a broad range of more than 240 arts groups in a wide variety of disciplines and scales throughout King and Pierce Counties. Thanks to the gifts from companies and individuals, in 2020 ArtsFund awarded grants totaling more than $5.3 million. ArtsFund’s grants provide general operating support—typically the most difficult yet critical funding for arts groups to access.

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Programs and Initiatives

ArtsFund is a respected voice and central advocate for the arts on the local, regional, state and national levels, and serves as the fiscal agent for several sector wide initiatives. ArtsFund is committed to helping develop the next generation of community and civic leaders and offers a nonprofit board leadership training course as well as ongoing convenings for the cultural sector.  ArtsFund’s cash grants, capacity building, and other services make arts groups stronger so they can serve this region and make it a great place to live, work, raise a family and run a business.

 

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ArtsFund is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, federal tax ID# 91-0839644

ARTSFUND 2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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A FUTURE FOR THE ARTS

ARTSFUND TURNS 50 IN 2019, AND AS WE CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF IMPACT WE ARE FOCUSING ON ARTSFUND’S UNIQUE POTENTIAL TO SHAPE A FUTURE FOR THE ARTS IN OUR REGION. A FUTURE FOR THE ARTS IS A FUTURE FOR COMMUNITY. AS BOTH THE REGION AND THE ARTS AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY HAVE GROWN AND EVOVLED, ARTSFUND HAS BEEN THERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. LEARN MORE ABOUT ARTSFUND’S IMPACT AND JOIN US IN LOOKING TO THE FUTURE. CELEBRATING 50 YEARS >>

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