City of Bothell Awarded Grant to Create Implementation Plan
Thanks to a grant from 4Culture, the City of Bothell received funding for support toward implementation planning from the recently adopted community-wide Cultural Plan. This work will be led by the Bothell Arts Commission and city staff to provide a roadmap for the commission as it seeks to serve the community effectively.
The City is receiving this special grant under 4Culture’s Creative Consultancy program for a second year in a row that matches organizations with artists or creative consultants to collaborate on arts and cultural projects.
4Culture is a grant resource for individual artists, artist groups, and arts organizations that provide access to art experiences for King County residents and visitors.
Working with consultant and certified facilitator Una McAlinden, the arts commission carried out a series of stakeholder meetings in 2019 by enlisting a broad cross-section of Bothell community members in asking how they envision arts and culture impacting the quality of life and economic health of their community.
The Cultural Plan was adopt by Bothell City Council in February 2020, and shortly thereafter, the Bothell Arts Commission received confirmation of funding from 4Culture for support to implement the plan.
Una McAlinden returned to facilitate the discussion on implementation of the four Strategic Directions within the Cultural Plan. The four Strategic Directions are:
- Publicly Demonstrating the Importance of Art
- Nurturing and Promoting Our Artist Community
- Regularly Engaging and Responding to our Community
- Developing a Sustainable Arts Infrastructure
Click here to learn more about the Strategic Directions.
Thanks to the support by McAlinden, the Arts Commission can now effectively identify areas of implementation using an online visual collaboration platform called Miro to guide planning and to track progress at each monthly meeting.
Activating three of the four Strategic Directions, the City recently commissioned an artist to lead a class in partnership with Bothell King County Library offering audiences a virtual demonstration of abstract art accompanied by a tour of her studio.
The goal of 4Culture’s Creative Consultancy Program is to encourage local municipalities to engage artists and creative thinkers to collaborate in addressing some of the challenges and opportunities of their communities such as development issues, evolving community identity, welcoming new immigrant populations, homelessness, as well as discovering new opportunities for community expression of art and culture.
If you are interested in learning more or volunteering to assist the Arts Commission implement the four Strategic Directions, please contact DeNae McGee at 425-471-4303.