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Council will meet to consider more oversight of 4Culture – links to background info here
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A public hearing on a proposed ordinance #2018-0086, which would give the King County Council more oversight over 4Culture, is tentatively scheduled for February 21, 9:30 AM, in a “Committee of the Whole” meeting at the King County Courthouse.

In January, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, was joined by Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Kathy Lambert, Reagan Dunn, Pete von Reichbauer, and Larry Gossett, in introducing an ordinance that would allow councilmembers:

  • To veto the 4Culture budget, which determines funding for arts, heritage, preservation, and public arts;
  • To hire and fire the 4Culture Executive Director; and
  • To nominate and directly appoint the majority of 4Culture board members without consultation



4Culture’s statement on proposed King County ordinance 2018-0086
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The King County Council introduced Ordinance #2018-0086 on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. It states the Council has “determined that public funding for the cultural programs necessitates greater oversight and accountability to the public.” 4Culture is a respected public agency (Public Development Authority, PDA) with an excellent record of accomplishment and proven fiscal responsibility and accountability. The ordinance proposes changes to 4Culture’s charter and its by-laws that would have a significant impact by shifting responsibilities for budgeting, staffing, and board appointments from the 4Culture Board of Directors to the King County Council. (more…)


Upthegrove’s argument for proposed King County ordinance 2018-0086
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by Dave Upthegrove, King County Council

Like many of you, I love arts and culture.

The arts and heritage unite us as human beings. They span borders, cultures, and class. They inspire children. They spark intellectual discourse. They are a weapon in the war against racial and cultural intolerance. And they are a part of the very fabric of what makes our region the best place to live in America.

That’s why I’m proud to support 4Culture, an organization created by the very council I am so proud to serve on each and every day. It’s also why I’m now one of six councilmembers (3 Democrats, 3 Republicans) who have sponsored legislation to strengthen our arts and heritage community as we prepare for an influx of more than $13 million more dollars per year for 4Culture to continue doing a great job for the people of King County. (more…)


AKCHO annual meeting attendees get ‘Beyond the Frame’ preview
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Seventy AKCHO members and friends of AKCHO gathered at the Museum of Flight on January 30 for AKCHO’s annual meeting and were treated to a panel of distinguished guests who gave a preview of the kind of conversations to expect when “Beyond the Frame – To Be Native” officially launches on February 16. (Ed. note: visit the AKCHO calendar for launch details.)

Panelists (pictured above) included Miranda Belarde-Lewis (University of Washington Information School), Lydia Sigo (Suquamish Museum curator), Shannon Kopelva (Beyond the Frame – To Be Native coordinator) and moderator Jodee Fenton (Seattle Public Library). (more…)


Black and White
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Swimwear from the late 19th century

Renton History Museum
Now through 5/19/2018

Trends in black and white clothing, and their associated meanings, differ between communities and throughout times. Co-curated by the Museum’s own Kim Owens and Sarah Samson, this exhibit explores three trendsetters and the lasting effects they had on black and white fashion.Join us to learn about three trendsetters in black and white fashion: the church, Queen Victoria, and Coco Chanel. The black and white fashions featured in the exhibit were worn by Rentonites from the 1870s all the way up to the 1960s. The exhibit will also delve into how black and white photos color our view of history. Black & White features swimsuits, dresses, hats, and accessories, bringing them out of storage and into the limelight.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. Admission: Adults- $5; Students/Children- $2; Children 8 and younger- free



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!




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