Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999

Valley Special

Seattle Symphony appearance included in arts projects recommendations

   King County Executive Ron Sims has announced he is proposing $540,000 be allocated for 129 arts projects, as recommended by the County's Arts Commission. The recommendation was made following review of more than 300 applicants by two peer artist panels.

   Included in recommended projects is $7,500 to help support a concert by the Seattle Symphony presented by the Duvall Arts Commission at Cedarcrest High School--the first-ever SSO concert in Duvall.

   Proposed for funding are individual artists and arts organizations--as well as 14 suburban arts agencies that will present performances as part of the 1999-2000 King County Performance Network.

   This Special Arts Projects Program is an annual funding program that supports innovative projects by individual artists, arts organizations, and community groups in King County. The program is administered through the King County Arts Commission. Funded by a portion of hotel/motel tax revenues, the program has helped launch new organizations, literary efforts, and the development of new works of music, literature, media, the performing arts, and the visual arts, Sims said.

   Requests for project support exceeded $2.2 million, and combined project budget requests totaled more than $10 million. About 36 percent of projects recommended for funding are first-time recipients of Special Projects support.

   Since 1990, the fund has helped support more than 1,000 innovative arts and cultural projects, and helped seed new arts organizations throughout the County. Recommendations include projects initiated by, and that serve, youth, seniors, and the disabled population.

   "The recommended programs reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of King County, with unique and innovative projects by non-profit arts organizations, individual artists, and community organizations," said Sims. "Overall, those artists and arts organizations included in the grant recommendations will provide the residents of King County with quality cultural events, artistic works, and programs."

   Applications were reviewed on criteria that included artistic merit, excellence and innovation, access and public benefit, publicity and audience development plans, diversity in geography, ethnic and cultural aspects, budget, and the ability to accomplish the project.