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Case Study

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Charlie Rathbun; Heather Dwyer; Jordan Howland; Jim Kelly


Susan Kunimatsu


The King County Arts Commission was established in 1965 to support arts and culture in King County. Over nearly four decades, the county expanded its mission and activities to include public art, landmarks and heritage, consolidated in an Office of Cultural Resources. In 2003, the office was chartered as an autonomous public development authority. Renamed 4Culture, the agency remains accountable and dedicated to serving the citizens of King County, a population rapidly growing in size and diversity. Founded on a strong set of organizational values centered on the right to express and experience one’s own culture, the organization has had to remain focused on its mission, while flexible and responsive in the design and execution of its programs. Gallery 4Culture, its exhibition program, is representative of the agency’s values of equity and inclusivity.

Organization or Event

4Culture; King County Arts Commission

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Area of Activity

Philanthropy/Funding, Community Development, Services to Arts Organizations

Artistic Discipline