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ArtsFund Helps Arts Groups Throughout Pierce and King counties

One of the highlights of the Neary year is sitting in on the Pierce County allocations committee of ArtsFund, the local corporate council for the arts. Comcast donates to the arts in both Pierce and King counties through this organization where our Senior Vice President Len Rozek serves on the board of directors. Because my focus includes Tacoma and Pierce County, I thought I’d brag on what they’re doing here; but the list below also includes King County, of course. You can find the King County news release here. The following news release comes direct from ArtsFund:

ArtsFund Grants to Pierce County Arts Groups Up Thirty Percent Over 2010

ArtsFund, the region’s central fundraising organization and a strong advocate on cultural issues, announced today that it will make grants to eight  Pierce County arts groups totaling $182,575, an impressive 31 percent increase over last year’s Pierce County grants.

These Pierce County grants were part of ArtsFund’s overall $2.374 million in grants to 63 Pierce and King County arts groups.* This $2.3 million grant total for 2011 is 13 percent higher than ArtsFund’s 2010 grant total.

In making the announcement, Jim Tune, President  & CEO, said, “ArtsFund is delighted it was able to increase grant amounts this year. Even though the economy in general is pulling out of the Great Recession, that recovery is slow to reach the arts. Overall, arts groups are managing extraordinarily well. They are effectively concentrating resources on the artistic product, but many continue to have furloughs and many other cutbacks particularly on the administrative side. Since ArtsFund grants are general operating support, organizations can use the money where it’s needed most.”

Jim Duncan, Chairman and Principal of Sparling and Chair of the ArtsFund Board of Trustees, commented, “On behalf of all the arts, we are deeply grateful to the 300 businesses and foundations and 2,000 individuals who contributed to this year’s campaign and to our Board and members of our volunteer Associates program for their tireless fundraising efforts.”

The campaign was led by ArtsFund trustees Stellman Keehnel, Partner, DLA Piper and Sandy McDade, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Weyerhaeuser.

In addition to support from annual contributions, this year’s grants were funded with an exceptional allocation of earnings from the ArtsFund Foundation. The current balance of funds in the ArtsFund Foundation is $14.4 million.

Since it was founded in 1969, ArtsFund has made grants of more than $63 million to King and Pierce County arts groups. In addition to raising and distributing funds, ArtsFund also supports the cultural life of this region through such research as its recently released economic impact study of cultural organizations and their patrons, through extensive advocacy on important arts issues and through capacity building work such as its Board Leadership Training Program.

2011 ArtsFund Grants                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Charter Members                                                                                         

King County

5th Avenue Theatre……………………………………………………………………………………….. $82,868

ACT Theatre………………………………………………………………………………………………… $118,772

Henry Art Gallery………………………………………………………………………………………….. $102,508

Pacific Northwest Ballet…………………………………………………………………………………. $211,005

Seattle Art Museum……………………………………………………………………………………… $261,117

Seattle Children’s Theatre………………………………………………………………………………. $137,820

Seattle Opera………………………………………………………………………………………………. $270,311

Seattle Repertory Theatre……………………………………………………………………………… $157,418

Seattle Symphony………………………………………………………………………………………… $178,416

Village Theatre…………………………………………………………………………………………….. $108,143

King County Subtotal………………………………………………………………………………….. $1,628,379

Pierce County

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts…………………………………………………………… $63,324

Northest Sinfonietta………………………………………………………………………………………… $9,557

Tacoma Art Museum………………………………………………………………………………………. $54,735

Tacoma Opera……………………………………………………………………………………………….. $10,631

Tacoma Symphony…………………………………………………………………………………………. $19,470

Tacoma Youth Symphony………………………………………………………………………………….. $8,875

Pierce County Subtotal………………………………………………………………………………….. $166,592

Total Charter Members Grants……………………………………………………………………… $1,794,971

 

Continuing Members & Members

King County

Artist Trust……………………………………………………………………………………………………. $18,553

ArtsWest……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $3,123

Auburn Symphony Orchestra…………………………………………………………………………….. $2,250

Bellevue Arts Museum……………………………………………………………………………………… $3,820

Book-It Repertory Theatre……………………………………………………………………………….. $35,440

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas…………………………………………………………………. $5,040

Early Music Guild of Seattle………………………………………………………………………………. $13,720

Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle……………………………………………………………………………. $5,967

The Esoterics…………………………………………………………………………………………………… $2,096

Experience Music Project………………………………………………………………………………….. $7,255

Federal Way Symphony…………………………………………………………………………………….. $1,340

Frye Art Museum…………………………………………………………………………………………….. $1,820

Giant Magnet………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $7,235

Jack Straw Productions……………………………………………………………………………………… $8,162

Kirkland Performance Center…………………………………………………………………………….. $1,720

Nordic Heritage Museum…………………………………………………………………………………. $18,605

Northwest African American Museum…………………………………………………………………. $3,355

Northwest Film Forum…………………………………………………………………………………….. $10,225

Northwest Puppet Center…………………………………………………………………………………. $9,383

On the Boards……………………………………………………………………………………………….. $31,628

Pratt Fine Arts Center……………………………………………………………………………………….. $5,405

Richard Hugo House…………………………………………………………………………………………. $8,625

Seattle Arts & Lectures……………………………………………………………………………………. $17,144

Seattle Chamber Music Society…………………………………………………………………………. $21,181

Seattle Choral Company……………………………………………………………………………………. $2,470

Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus…………………………………………………….. $9,531

Seattle Pro Musica………………………………………………………………………………………….. $11,095

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra………………………………………………………………………… $8,003

Seattle Shakespeare Company…………………………………………………………………………. $37,224

Seattle Theatre Group…………………………………………………………………………………….. $22,033

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras……………………………………………………………………. $6,955

SIFF……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $12,088

Spectrum Dance Theater…………………………………………………………………………………… $7,235

Taproot Theatre Company……………………………………………………………………………….. $15,259

Three Dollar Bill Cinema…………………………………………………………………………………….. $4,255

Town Hall Association……………………………………………………………………………………… $23,631

UW World Series at Meany Hall………………………………………………………………………….. $9,555

Vashon Allied Arts……………………………………………………………………………………………. $3,655

Velocity Dance Center………………………………………………………………………………………. $4,215

The Vera Project……………………………………………………………………………………………… $2,555

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience………………………………… $35,469

Wing-It Productions…………………………………………………………………………………………. $3,835

King County Subtotal…………………………………………………………………………………….. $462,156

Pierce County

Museum of Glass…………………………………………………………………………………………….. $5,360

Tacoma Musical Playhouse………………………………………………………………………………. $10,623

Pierce County Subtotal……………………………………………………………………………………. $15,983

Total Continuing Members & Members Grants………………………………………………….. $478,139

 

Special Grants

 

ArtsFund Plestcheef Design and Decorative Arts Grants:

Bellevue Arts Museum……………………………………………………………………………………. $10,000

Henry Art Gallery…………………………………………………………………………………………….. $5,000

Museum of Glass…………………………………………………………………………………………… $10,000

Tacoma Art Museum………………………………………………………………………………………… $5,000

Subtotal……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $30,000

 

Kreielsheimer Remainder Foundation Grants……………………………………………………… $66,157

 

Designated Workplace Giving Funds to Non-beneficiaries……………………………………… $5,046

Grand Total 2011 ArtsFund Grants…………………………………………………………………. $2,374,313

*Note that of this amount, $72,326 was from individuals directly designating to specific arts organizations.          

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