by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair
Like Charles Payton and Eric Taylor, his predecessors at 4Culture, Brian Carter understands profoundly the challenges facing historical societies in our community. He brings patience, compassion and a sharp mind to the job. As shown in his Carter’s efforts spearheading the King County Heritage Report: Understanding the Field in 2017, he recognizes how professionally gathered and interpreted data supports moving the heritage field forward.
The report identifies areas of opportunity within the heritage field and lays out a roadmap for how 4Culture heritage staff can strengthen, diversify, and better target the resources it provides to heritage organizations and practitioners through the county. Academic partners, heritage practitioners, umbrella organizations, and civic partners all helped process and shape the data into eight key findings: diversity, equity, and inclusion; economic impact; volunteer support; visibility; employment pipeline; collection staff; financial stability; and audience evaluation. (more…)