Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Community


100 W Harrison StSuite S150Seattle, WA 98119 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

ARTSFUND’S MISSION >> ArtsFund supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington. ARTSFUND’S VALUES>> • We believe that arts and culture are a tool for social change. • We believe in arts and culture as an economic driver that creates jobs and revitalizes communities through its interconnectedness with the entire Washington economy. • We believe in promoting equity by centering those most impacted by systemic oppression, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. • We believe that communities benefit when youth and families are engaged in the arts. • We believe that strong data, both quantitative and qualitative, can drive meaningful advocacy and change narratives. Learn more here:


Founded in 1969, ArtsFund supports a resilient and robust arts sector that contributes to the health and well-being of our communities. More than $100 million has been distributed to more than 650 ArtsFund arts organization grantees since our founding.

For 50 years, ArtsFund has strengthened the arts and cultural sector in the Puget Sound. In 1969, prompted by the 1962 World’s Fair impact on Seattle, corporate and civic leaders recognized the critical role that arts and culture would play in developing and sustaining a creative and thriving region. Through a $25,000 grant from the Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural, and Charitable Organizations, ArtsFund was formed as the United Arts Council of Puget Sound.

Through numerous name changes, the purpose of the organization has been the same: To strengthen the community through supporting the arts. ArtsFund has awarded over $100 million in grants to over 650 arts organizations in the Puget Sound region and become one of the nation’s leading United Arts Funds. ArtsFund has worked to strengthen the region’s creative sector through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking.

Learn more here: About ArtsFund | ArtsFund

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