Northwest NEWS

July 10, 2000

Local News

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 three big projects in northeast King County:

   "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 Museum 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.