Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced funding for upgrades to cultural facilities throughout Seattle. The city will award a total of $250,000 to 13 cultural and arts organizations for projects like elevator upgrades, seating risers, and new stages and electrical systems.
Two of these projects are located in the Central District, including $9,000 to Coyote Central for improvements to wood and metal shops (ventilation, heat, and safety) and $6,900 to the New City Theater for the installation of new audience risers to expand capacity by 39 percent.
“These investments will help our cultural institutions remain a vital part of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor McGinn in a press release. “Upgrading aging facilities can help these institutions focus on maintaining their programs and bringing arts and culture to the people.”
More about the funding program from the Office of Arts & Culture:
The cultural facilities program, piloted in 2012, supports Seattle-based arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with one-time funding for facility renovations or the completion of the final phase of new facilities. After a successful pilot year in 2012 in which $150,000 was distributed, Mayor McGinn and the City Council increased the allocation to $250,000 for 2013.
All projects receiving this funding will take place and be completed between now and December 2014. To view a full list of projects that received this funding, click here.