April 27, 1998
Cultural projects receive funding for '98
by Deborah Stone
Sixty-five cultural facilities and projects have been awarded grants for 1998 through the King County Cultural Facilities Program. The grants total over two million dollars, and the funds will be used to help build theaters, museums, interpretive sites and performance centers throughout King County. According to King County Executive Ron Sims, support for these capital projects will help to make the arts and heritage of our area more accessible to residents. Funding is included for major institutions, such as the Seattle Symphony's new Benaroya Hall and the new Bellevue Art Museum. Other regional performance venues like the Kirkland Performance Center and Federal Way's Theatre at Dumas Bay also received facility start-up money.
Closer to home, the City of Duvall was awarded two grants: to create a performing arts center and to restore the historic Dougherty House. In Woodinville, the Woodinville Historical Society is the recipient of a $5,000 grant which will go towards securing and equipping a new collection facility. Phyllis Keller, of the Historical Society, is delighted with the award and says that the money will certainly help the society when it moves into the City Hall building. "We will need shelving, a dehumidifier, copier, typewriter and security system for the space which the City of Woodinville plans to lease to us for our collections," says Keller. "We are just waiting to move in, but first the purchase of the building by the city must be completed."
The recommendations for the awards are based on a competitive process administered by the King County Arts Commission and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. According to Sims, "King County is helping to build a cultural infrastructure second to none in the nation."