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City Promises $1.6 Million to Seattle Arts

Mayor McGinn announces grants for 137 local arts organizations.

By Laura Dannen February 8, 2012

5th Avenue Theatre, now part of a historic theater district in downtown Seattle, will receive a boost in city funding this year.

Seems yesterday was a big money day for Seattle arts. First Intiman Theatre announced that it had secured enough funding to reopen this summer. Then the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs announced a $1.6 million commitment to Seattle-based arts, heritage, and cultural organizations in the coming year. Through the Civic Partners program, the city will provide grants for 137 different arts organizations—up from 130 last year—that are both established and emerging, as long as they’ve been in Seattle for at least three years.

The top grant recipients are:

Seattle Symphony / $166,950
Seattle Opera / $161,705
Pacific Northwest Ballet / $147,870
Seattle Art Museum / $135,945
Seattle Repertory Theatre / $95,400

While these top sums are down slightly from last year, smaller organizations received a boost, and in some cases, funding doubled, notably for 5th Avenue Theatre, Northwest Folklife, One Reel (which puts on Bumbershoot), Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle Theatre Group (which organizes events at the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune theaters), and SIFF.

"In the last five years, more arts organization have qualified for funding, but the dollar amount to invest has remained relatively flat," said Lori Patrick, public relations manager of the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. "This shift it to move to more balance and equity across the portfolio." To make the cut, organizations are rated on several criteria—public impact, artistic excellence, and organizational strength among them—by a peer review panel. The city has the final say.

Here’s the complete list of funded organizations.

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