Pacific NW Programs
Arts & Culture

With the belief that the arts are critical ingredients for a healthy community, we support programs that nurture creative expression, promote critical thinking, and amplify local culture.

The arts are critical ingredients for a healthy community. Exposure to the arts can lead to increased civic engagement and social collaboration. Through the arts, individuals can express their viewpoints and articulate values, beliefs and culture to others—and that contributes to a more diverse, progressive environment. What’s more, by encouraging local spending and creating jobs, the arts can have a significant economic impact on towns and cities.

The Foundation supports programs that nurture creative expression, promote critical thinking, and amplify local culture—like ensuring the continuation of contemporary art exhibitions in Missoula, Montana and giving Native American authors a platform on public radio. We have a strong interest in funding contemporary works that address social, political, and cultural issues and giving rural communities greater access to professional arts programming.

Arts institutions that are proactive, nimble, and open to new ways of working are in the best position to thrive in today’s challenging climate. That is why we invest in the long-term viability of cultural organizations by helping them improve their financial performance. We look for projects that strengthen an organization's infrastructure, develop new lines of revenue, create more efficient operations and reach new constituents. 

Key Initiatives & Grantees

Bright Spots Leadership

The Foundation commissioned a study of cultural groups in the Pacific Northwest to identify “bright spots” – organizations that are successfully adapting to changing circumstances without exceptional resources.