April 13, 2010
City dollars will be used to present art classes to teenagers, outdoor concerts and Village Theatre productions.
City Council members last week awarded $128,825 in municipal arts grants — less money to fewer organizations than the city presented last year. The council approved the grants April 5.
The city generates money for the grants though a 5 percent admissions tax on movie theaters and special events. Additional dollars for the program come through a program to steer one-half of 1 percent of the construction budget for city projects to the arts. The ticket tax raised $151,429 last year.
Village Theatre received the largest amount — $47,000 — for professional productions, children’s theater and the Village Originals program to develop new musicals. The nonprofit theater had requested a $60,000 grant.
Michelle Sanders, theater spokeswoman, said the city arts grant helps fund actors, designers and the dozens of behind-the-scenes workers responsible to put on a show. Sanders said the theater often utilizes local talent.
“That funding is critical,” she said.
The grant serves as a critical source because audiences expect high production values from Village Theatre, she said. Read more
April 6, 2010
- Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is conducting a second call of auditions for male and adolescent parts for its May 22-24 production of “The Sound of Music.” Auditions are from 1-5 p.m. April 10. Call Dorothy Harwood at 246-2850.
- 4Culture offers King County arts organizations the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase or upgrade equipment. Application deadline is April 21. Guidelines and applications, including information about eligibility and review criteria, are available here.
- The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra has openings in all string sections, and is seeking violinists. Other volunteer opportunities with the symphony include board membership, marketing, assisting with concerts, monitoring doors and taking tickets. Rehearsals are from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Thursdays at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish. Call 206-517-7777 or go here.
- The Issaquah Singers, which has been entertaining audiences on the Eastside for 33 years with four-part harmony, is seeking new members. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. No auditions are necessary. Learn more here.
March 9, 2010
The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra is packing it up and leaving the plateau behind for the mainstage of Benaroya Hall for a special one-night performance March 14. Read more