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Party Like it’s 5834

4Culture, Advocate 4Culture and Seattle Theatre Group are throwing a HUGE party (FREE) on June 28, 2011 at the Paramount Theatre to celebrate the signing of ESSB 5834, the bill that secures permanent funding for 4Culture. Thanks to all the elected officials and citizens who worked to make this happen! Details here.

Screenshot from Blog 4Culture

Historic Preservation Work Honored at 11th Annual John D. Spellman Awards – June 17, 2011

From a news release issued by King County Dept of Natural Resources and Parks about the 11th annual John D. Spellman Awards:

King County Executive Dow Constantine will recognize recipients of the 2011 John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation on June 17 at the historic Delta Masonic Hall, 13034 41st Ave. S. in Tukwila.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and refreshments; the ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.  The Awards are named in honor of Governor John Spellman (King County Executive 1969-1981) who established the County’s Historic Preservation Program more than 30 years ago.

The recipients of this year’s awards range from an incoming 9th grader at Blanchet High School, who will receive the Spellman Youth Award for his advocacy to draw attention to two of the region’s most threatened historic properties, to the City of Kent for its strong commitment to building a preservation program; and from a landmark property owner who has taken stewardship of a rare archaeological site to heart (and then some), to a remarkable team of partners whose work to preserve and restore the Duwamish Hill Preserve, part of an important cultural landscape in the Duwamish River Valley, has been extraordinary.

For more details, go to the Natural Resources and Parks website.

Last Day to Support 4Culture

Yesterday, May 24, the State Senate passed SSB 5834 which permits counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing. This is a big step! Today, this bill is in the House and we need all of you to email all representatives and ask them to support this bill.

Go to Advocate4Culture’s website for details on the message to send and email addresses. Thank you! Your voices have been heard. Let them hear it again!

Historic Seattle 3rd Annual Preservation Awards, May 10, 2011

May is National Historic Preservation Month and Historic Seattle is hosting a very special event to acknowledge and celebrate the 2011 3rd Annual Preservation Awards recipients and their outstanding achievements in preservation. This year, we acknowledge the stewardship that has preserved an elegant campus of Northwest Modern buildings–integrated pavilions by Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson (NBBJ) set into a harmonious landscaped park designed by Richard Haag Associates for the Battelle Memorial Institute during the years 1966 to 1970.

The awards ceremony takes place from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Talaris Conference Center. For details, go to Historic Seattle’s website. Tickets may still be purchased at the door; online registration is closed.

KeyBank is Lead Sponsor of the Third Annual Preservation Awards, with additional support from 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Here are the 2011 Award Recipients. Congratulations!

Best Rehabilitation Projects

Fire Stations 2, 17 and 41

Lake Wilderness Lodge, Maple Valley

Best Preservation Practice

University Heights Community Center Window Restoration

Living Landmark

Ronald F. Murphy, AIA, SMR Architects

Community Advocacy

Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District

Preserving Neighborhood Character

Melrose Market

Community Partnership for Historic Preservation

Hat ‘n’ Boots

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