Seattle Parks receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

$10,000 to support downtown Busker Program

Seattle Parks busker in Westlake Park.


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Seattle Parks and Recreation is one of 917 organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Seattle Parks will receive $10,000 to support the Seattle Busker Program. The busker program began in 2007. Each spring Seattle Parks auditions and pays a variety of artists to perform in downtown parks in order to make the parks livelier and more welcoming throughout the spring and summer months. This grant will be used to enhance this program with support for the City of Seattle Office of Film and Music’s The City of Music™ initiative by increasing duo and trio program participation as well as creating a jazz program in the park series.

NEA Chairman Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to Seattle Parks and Recreation. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 917 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.