Arts & Culture

Investing in the human experience of arts and culture


A vibrant arts sector is critical to community wellbeing and reflects the communities it serves. Our investment in the human experience of art accelerates the power of artistic creation, honors culture and heritage, and brings communities together.

ArtsFund Community Accelerator Grant

Designed, implemented, and administered by ArtsFund and funded through a $10 million grant by the foundation, this program will award grants of $2,500 to $25,000 in unrestricted funding to arts and cultural nonprofit organizations across the state of Washington.
Partners:  ArtsFund

ArtsFund COVID Cultural Impact Study

The Covid Cultural Impact Study was released in ArtsFund in 2021 and was the result of an expansive effort to understand and analyze the pandemic's impact on Washington's cultural institutions and their essential role in the state's communities.
Partners:  ArtsFund

Octave 9: Emerging Artists at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

This grant supports the Octave 9: Emerging Artists creative program dedicated to supporting the career growth of emerging artists with a focus on BIPOC and female creators through community-building experiences. The project provides resources for musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and audiences to learn from and create with one another through multiple events each month.
Partners:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Foundation Student Arts Showcase

The Regional Arts Festivals serve more than 1,500 students in underserved communities in Seattle Public Schools, allowing them to share and celebrate arts learning.
Partners:  Seattle Foundation

Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon offers more than 800 performances of Shakespeare, classics, musicals, and world premieres from late February through October each year.
Partners:  Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association