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For Immediate Release
June 27, 2022

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


Seattle, WA – 63 arts and cultural nonprofits in King and Pierce counties will receive operating support grants totaling $2,112,900 thanks to ArtsFund’s generous annual campaign donors. With this allocation, ArtsFund surpasses a $100 million granting milestone – since its founding in 1969, ArtsFund has awarded $102,254,229 to over 650 arts and cultural nonprofits.

ArtsFund, a Seattle-based nonprofit and the nation’s fifth-largest united arts fund, supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington. Annual grantmaking, powered by corporate and individual donations, has been central to the organization’s mission since its inception. ArtsFund’s annual allocations grants are distributed as general operating support enabling grant recipients to invest the funds where needed most to advance their missions.

Revenues from ArtsFund’s 51st fundraising drive, which ends on June 30, 2022, support the 2022 grant allocations as well as additional programs and services reaching nearly 150 cultural organizations throughout the Central Puget Sound region.

ArtsFund President & CEO Michael Greer stated, “Our 2022 allocations awards represent a milestone in our grantmaking efforts with over $100 million granted and the addition of five, key new grantees. These achievements speak to the impact of our history and the promise of our future. We are proud to support this vital community and do our part to improve the quality of life for all through the arts.”

Spotlights on the five groups new to the allocations pool this year are below:

Deaf Spotlight supports, engages, and showcases artists and audiences in cinema, theatre, art, and design inspired by Deaf Culture and the expressive power of Sign Languages through the arts.

LANGSTON is a community-conceived and designed non-profit arts organization with a mission to strengthen and advance the community through Black arts and culture.

Path with Art fosters the restoration of individuals, groups, and society from the effects of trauma through arts engagement and community-building.

Red Eagle Soaring exists to empower Native/First Nations/Indigenous youth in Seattle and King County to express themselves with confidence and clarity through traditional and contemporary performing arts.

Totem Star envisions a more inclusive society where all young people have access to arts education, meaningful relationships, mental health tools, and creative careers.

ArtsFund’s allocations are awarded by a panel of public, private, and corporate grantmaking experts who engage with ArtsFund in a thorough vetting process, evaluating application materials and interviewing the leadership of arts groups. Groups are evaluated based on their mission, community impact, organizational health, and commitment to equity. The 2022 Allocations Committee Co-chairs are Ellen Ferguson, Trustee of The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Erika Nesholm, Executive Director of the Nesholm Family Foundation.

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For a list of ArtsFund’s cultural partners, click here.

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2022 ArtsFund Grants

5th Avenue Theatre | $93,700

ACT Theatre | $85,935

Artist Trust | $25,900

ArtsWest | $18,650

Auburn Symphony Orchestra | $2,625

Bellevue Arts Museum | $4,000

Book-It Repertory Theatre | $13,500

Burke Museum | $19,900

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas | $9,655

Deaf Spotlight | $9,135

Early Music Seattle | $7,105

Earshot Jazz Society | $17,530

Flying House Productions (dba Seattle Choruses) | $12,000

Frye Art Museum | $21,260

Henry Art Gallery | $71,870

Hugo House | $14,000

Intiman Theatre | $9,400

Jack Straw Productions | $11,155

LANGSTON  | $13,100

Meany Center for the Performing Arts | $11,300

MoPOP | $22,300

Museum of Glass | $9,150

National Nordic Museum | $22,100

Northwest African American Museum | $11,000

Northwest Film Forum | $26,585

Northwest Sinfonietta | $4,105

On the Boards | $46,860

Pacific Northwest Ballet | $169,540

Path with Art | $14,400

Red Eagle Soaring | $14,545

Seattle Art Museum | $175,740

Seattle Arts & Lectures | $10,650

Seattle Chamber Music Society | $25,800

Seattle Children’s Theatre | $66,800

Seattle Opera | $159,740

Seattle Pro Musica | $5,305

Seattle Public Theater | $2,705

Seattle Rep | $118,000

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra | $15,240

Seattle Shakespeare Company | $35,025

Seattle Symphony | $170,540

Seattle Theatre Group | $66,975

SIFF | $17,200

Spectrum Dance Theater | $20,000

Symphony Tacoma | $15,600

Tacoma Art Museum | $37,400

Tacoma Arts Live | $63,440

Tacoma Musical Playhouse | $9,750

Tacoma Opera | $3,570

Taproot Theatre Company | $15,400

Three Dollar Bill Cinema | $6,225

Totem Star | $23,570

Town Hall Seattle | $28,850

Vashon Center for the Arts | $4,500

Velocity Dance Center | $9,520

Vera Project | $10,755

Village Theatre | $86,675

Whim W’Him | $2,300

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience | $60,520

Kreielsheimer Remainder Foundation Grants* $65,900

Total 2022 ArtsFund Allocations Grants** $2,112,900

*Dollar amounts for allocations recipients of Kreielsheimer Remainder Foundation Grants are included in above totals.

**ArtsFund Plestcheeff Design and Decorative Arts Grants and Youth Arts Opportunity Fund Grants will be awarded later in 2022.


2022 Allocations Committee 

Ellen Ferguson, Co-chair  
The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation 

Erika Nesholm, Co-chair 
Executive Director 
Nesholm Family Foundation 

Jane Broom
Sr. Director, Microsoft Philanthropies
Microsoft Corporation 

Brian Carter 
Executive Director 

Mark Dederer 
Director, Philanthropic Services 
Hohimer Wealth Management 

Dwight Gee 
Retired Executive Vice President 
World Justice Project 

Michael Greer 
President & CEO 

Asia Tail 
Program Officer 
Seattle Foundation 

Jeremey Williams 
Senior Vice President 
SVP | Seattle Market Executive 
Local Markets Organization 
Bank of America 

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About ArtsFund:

ArtsFund supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington. Founded in 1969, the Seattle-based nonprofit has been building community through the arts for over 52 years. ArtsFund was originally founded to bring corporate and civic leaders together to help establish and sustain our region’s arts and cultural institutions. ArtsFund has supported 650 arts and cultural nonprofits with over $100 million in grants and provided valuable leadership and advocacy. Learn more at

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

ArtsFund’s 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.