The activist group Advocate4Culture has been working tirelessly to preserve funding sources for the
4Culture Agency. The 4Culture group funds cultural and historic projects and agencies in our region.
(Locally, 4Culture has brought many grant dollars to our local agencies. The Shoreline Historical Museum, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Arts Council and our schools have all received funding from 4Culture)
The groups and individuals they help provide an enormous amount of economic value for our region.
A recent study published by the University of Washington showed that cultural and historic assets and providers here help create over 30,000 jobs in the Puget Sound Region. That is real value!
King County Executive Dow Constantine had also worked hard to promote somes bills in Olympia that would provide financial support for our cultural heritage projects by continuing the Lodging Tax (left over from the King Dome) and some other proposals that would bring new venues to the region
(expansion of the Convention Center). SHB 1997 and SB 5834
In Olympia last week, the issue came before the House and Senate. Several bills to save 4Culture and promote tourism came very close to passage, but were stopped in committee. But, there is still some hope according to the group Advocate4Culture.
An update on the 4Culture blog from Director Jim Kelly says the following:
So, it looks like some other ideas are still being worked by the Advocates. Here's hoping there are some really good heads there to find solutions. There is just too much at stake in King County to give up.There’s an old saying in Olympia that “nothing is dead until the legislature adjourns.” There are three weeks left until the end of the regular session in Olympia. Over the last few days, we’ve heard renewed support from King County leadership and members of the legislature to work to find a solution to pass legislation that would continue arts and heritage funding through 4Culture. Many understand the impact of our industry on economic development in King County, which will benefit the entire state.My message to 4Culture constituents is don’t lose heart. As Yogi Berra said “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Here's the story from the Advocate4Culture Blog.
|Historic Street Clock in Pioneer Square|