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ArtsFund’s 30th Annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon
Tuesday, May 8
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Seattle Westin

This year’s luncheon will focus on the role of arts in our cities and communities, and feature keynote speaker Jane Chu, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to awarding more than $409 million in grants as chairman of the NEA, she has issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation’s gross domestic product; has traveled nationally and internationally to communities to see first-hand how the arts are impacting people and places; and launched the United States of Arts project that demonstrates the importance of the arts in our communities and our lives.

Jamie Ford, the Northwest author most widely known for his bestselling Seattle-based novels, will be awarded for his outstanding contributions to our arts and cultural community. His debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list. His third novel set in Seattle, Love and Other Consolations Prizes, was published last fall and Library Journal named it one of the Best Historical Fiction Novels of 2017.

ArtsFund Trustee Emory Thomas (Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal) will emcee the event.


Photo Credits
Banner image: Seattle Theatre Group, STG AileyCamp, photo by Christopher Nelson; Burke Museum, Dino Weekend, photo by Burke Museum; Frye Art Museum, Small Frye: Storytelling + Art, photo: Olli Tumelius; Seattle Opera, Frost Fest community event at Cornish Playhouse, photo courtesy of Philip Newton; Seattle Opera, Summer Fest community event at McCaw Hall, photo courtesy of Seattle Opera;  Bellevue Arts Museum, Kids & Families, photo by Emilie Smith; Seattle Repertory Theatre, Here Lies Love, photo by Navid Baraty; Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus, Seattle Women’s Chorus, Unveiled, photo by Conrado Tapado of eQuality Images; Seattle Art Museum, Remix, photo by Jen Au; Seattle Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, photo by Natali Wiseman; Bellevue Arts Museum, Free Family Day Spring Fever, photo by Emilie Smith; Frye Art Museum, Archipenko: A Modern Legacy, photo by Jonathan Vanderweit. Jane Chu, photo by Steve Peterson, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts. Jamie Ford, photo by Lawrence Kim, courtesy of Jamie Ford.