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

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2018


Seattle, WA – ArtsFund is pleased to announce the recent awarding of $32,500 in grants as part of ArtsFund’s Multicultural Arts Project, supporting ethnically and culturally diverse arts and cultural groups throughout the Central Puget Sound Region.

The funds were distributed as matching incentive grants with the objective of empowering recipients to leverage these grants to raise greater support for their organizations. To date, $92,500 in grants have been awarded through the Multicultural Arts Project.

In 2017, grant recipients utilized funds to stage large and small scale performances, enable platforms for cross cultural dialogue, bring non-local artists to Seattle, support heritage events, provide teaching artists for underserved youth, and more. Recipients also leveraged their ArtsFund grants to attract new donors and matching funds to their organizations. 2018 grant recipients will continue to use funds for programs connecting communities, creating access to the arts for underserved populations, enhancing cross cultural understanding, and serving youth.

Mari Horita, ArtsFund President & CEO, stated, “The Multicultural Arts Project aligns with ArtsFund’s value of fostering equitable and inclusive communities and ensuring the arts sector reflects, represents, and engages the entire community.  ArtsFund is proud to support the recipients of the MAP grants, who are doing inspiring work – using art as a tool to enhance understanding across cultural, generational, and even geographic boundaries.  ArtsFund is grateful to the donors to this fund whose generosity helps broaden the range of arts and cultural organizations that we serve, including those that have historically been excluded from traditional funding streams.”

Recipients of the 2018 Multicultural Arts Project grants include:

  • Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
  • Chinese Arts and Music Association
  • Latino Theatre Projects
  • Longhouse Media
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Pratidhwani
  • Seattle Latino Film Festival
  • Tasveer

ArtsFund is honored to be the beneficiary of the Hong Kong Greater China Business Association of Washington’s 2018 Lunar New Year Gala on February 24, 2018. Proceeds from the event will benefit Asian arts and cultural organizations in 2019 through year three of the Multicultural Arts Project.

Donors interested in contributing to the Multicultural Arts Project, and helping sustain the organizations funded through it, contact Annemarie Scalzo at

All grant recipients join ArtsFund’s network of over 115 cultural partners. For more information about ArtsFund’s cultural partners, visit:

For more information about last year’s grant recipients, visit:

For more information about ArtsFund, visit:

Photo credits: (L-R): Northwest African American Museum, Everyday Black with work by photographers Jessica Rycheal and Zorn B. Taylor, photo by Michael Maine; Latino Theatre Projects, photo still from Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias, pictured are Angela Maestas (Mariela) and Esteban Ortiz (Carlos), photo by Michael Brunk /; Pratidhwani, scene from Pratidhwani’s production “Kingdom of Cards,” photo by Siddhartha Saha Photography; Tasveer, TasVR Virtual Reality, photo by Abhishek Kulkarni.

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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.