Northwest NEWS

July 3, 2000

Local News

King County Council boosts funding for cultural facilities

   The Metropolitan King County Council recently awarded $3.2 million in grants for the upkeep and expansion of arts and heritage facilities countywide. The money comes from hotel-motel taxes and is specifically earmarked for cultural activities.

   The grants included four big projects in northeast King County:

   The Duvall Arts Commission won a grant for $21,750 to purchase a dance floor, sound equipment, and projection equipment to be used for performances by local and regional arts groups performing in Duvall.

   The city of Duvall received $15,000 toward the restoration of the Dougherty Farmstead.

   The Bothell Historical Museum was awarded $15,300 to replace the foundation on the historic Beckstrom Cabin.

   "This support from King County is crucial to large and small arts and heritage organizations," said Councilmember Louise Miller. "As a musician, I know how important a good venue is for both the performers and audience. By creating and maintaining quality facilities, we can broaden the impact or our arts and heritage professionals."

   Overall, 65 grants were awarded ranging from $500,000 for the new Bellevue Art Musuem to the Skykomish Historical Society's grant. Recipients include both major performing arts organizations and much smaller heritage groups.

   Applications for grants were submitted to the King County Arts Commission and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission for review. Those two commissions made funding recommendations to the council based on qaulity, feasibility, and the projected impact of each project.