Mayor Greg Nickels and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs announced last week that the city will award $250,000 in federal stimulus awards to help preserve dozens of jobs at 22 Seattle arts and cultural organizations.
The federal funds will help organizations retain or restore salaried and contract jobs. The dollars will support jobs at a range of organizations, including Maureen Whiting Dance, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Center for Wooden Boats, Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Young Shakespeare Workshop. Click here to view a complete list of funded Seattle organizations.
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs received the $250,000 award in July from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to re-grant to Seattle organizations to preserve arts jobs threatened by the economic downturn. The NEA had $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to distribute nationwide.
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs selected recipients for the stimulus dollars through a competitive application process. A peer panel reviewed more than 80 eligible Seattle arts and cultural organizations for one-time awards of either $5,000 or $15,000 to support staff salaries or contract fees incurred between fall 2009 and summer 2010.
Read more about other stimulus funds at work in the city.