Folk and Traditional Arts Program

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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s mission involves both a commitment to care for the state’s most treasured lands, waters and historic places and a desire to connect all Washingtonians to their natural, cultural, and artistic heritage through memorable experiences in the parks.

Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with events in state parks by musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers who represent a wide variety of old and new Washington traditions. From tribal canoe family journeys to Cinco de Mayo festivities, from fisher poetry to Ecuadorian song, from Hawaiian hula to old-time square dances, the program brings people together — some to celebrate a common heritage and some to learn about the traditions of others.

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The remaining 2020 Folk & Traditional Arts Program season is under review based on the evolving COVID-19 situation. 

If you are a traditional artist or culture keeper, please review the following emergency funding resources. If you need help applying, please get in touch.

Please make your voice heard by filling out the Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector survey from Americans for the Arts.  

King County Specific:

4Culture Cultural Relief Fund One time assistance of up to $2,000 for individuals and up to $5,000 for arts and heritage organizations located in King County. Funding deadline is May 15.

For Washington Artists, Musicians, and Creatives: 

Artist Relief $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies. Applications due by April 23, 2020.

Artist Trust Relief Fund Rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists of up to $5,000 including lost wages, medical expenses, and living assistance.

Sweet Relief Limited funds available to be used by musicians for medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants One time grants of up to $5,000 for artists experiencing emergency medical expenses. 

MusiCares Relief Fund Basic living assistance for music industry professionals of up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work.

CERF+ Emergency funding available to established artists working in a craft discipline.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund Fund for US-based BIPOC  artists and administrators.

The Creator Fund Assistance with medical needs, groceries, childcare, and mortgage/rent for active creators.

For additional resources, please check here

Folk & Traditional Arts Program Funders

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Learn more about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program: View a video

For more information about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program, send an email or call (360) 902-8635.