Northwest NEWS

September 2, 2002

Local News

Arts, cultural programs receive funding boost

The Metropolitan King County Council approved over $1.5 million in grants that will go to 71 arts and cultural projects throughout the county.
   The primary souce of the funding for the grants comes from hotel-motel taxes that are required by state law to be directed towards cultural activities.
   The King County Arts Commission awarded grants to 14 projects. An additional 57 projects will receive grants through the county's Landmarks and Heritage Commission.
   Grant applications 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 quality, feasibility and the projected impact of each project.
   In District 3, the programs receiving grants are:
   •King County Library System: $1500 for storytelling programs at Woodinville and Carnation libraries.
   •Upper Bear Creek Community Council: $2,000 for Music in the Park Program, a series of free outdoor summer concert performances.
   • Old Fire House Teen Center - Redmond Parks and Recreation Department: $16,000 for creation of a Music Media Lab and the purchase of audio/video equipment to teach youth music, production and recording skills.