Partner Agencies


ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission. A state agency, formed by the Washington State Legislature in 1961, its mission is to nurture and support the role of the arts in the lives of all Washingtonians.

Contact ArtsWA: 711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600, Olympia, WA 98501

With a focus on racial equity, 4Culture funds, supports, and advocates for culture to enhance the quality of life in King County. It envisions a vibrant county where culture is essential and accessible to all.

Contact 4Culture: 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104
206-296-7580  |


The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture  (ARTS)  manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. 

Contact ARTS: 303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor, Seattle, WA 98104
206-684-7171  |

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Heather Dwyer looking to th sid with her hands covering parts of her face in front of a green background

Heather dwyer (she/her)

4Culture  |  |  206-263-1597

Heather manages 4Culture’s Art Projects for individuals, a competitive funding program for projects in all artistic disciplines; Storefront Media Gallery; Arc Artist Fellowship; and created Open 4Culture, an entry-level funding resource for art, heritage and preservation projects in King County, Washington. Prior to joining 4Culture in 2003, Heather worked for Jack Straw Productions, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Artist Trust, Bank of America Art Programs, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA from California Institute of Arts (CalArts).

Irene Gómez smiling


Seattle Office of Arts & Culture  |  |  206-684-7310

Irene administers CityArtists Projects and Civic Poet funding programs in addition to related technical support. She’s an active member of the city’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Change Team and volunteers on several boards and committees of a community foundation, artist collectives, and heritage organizations. Film, travel, friends and being the parent of an emerging media artist balance her interests outside of work.

Miguel Guillén smiling in front of a black background


ArtsWA  |  |   360-586-0424

Miguel is the Grants to Organizations Program Manager for the Washington State Arts Commission. Miguel has several years of experience managing arts programs for the private, non-profit sector and providing support to community-based arts organizations, small arts groups, community-based projects, and individual artists across Washington State. He holds an Arts Management Certificate from Seattle Central Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts.


Ben Gale-Schreck (he/him)

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture  |  |  206-615-1742

Ben Gale-Schreck is an interdisciplinary artist, residing in Seattle, whose practice resonates with familial relationships and generational departures. Through object-based performance and collaboration, the work weaves the present and the past.

Born in Carlock, Illinois he later moved to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a BFA in Sculpture, as well as a BA in Art History. Ben received his MFA in 3d4m from the University of Washington, Seattle. Learning through the reciprocal exchange of teaching, Gale-Schreck has worked as an educator, fine art fabricator, preparator, and artist, as well as being selected as a 2017 Emerging Artist in Residence with the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, WA.  In addition to national tours showcasing performance with the Flinching Eye Collective-recipients of The Idea Fund funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014-Gale-Schreck's work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, with exhibitions in Valdivia, Chile; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Bethlehem, Palestine; Houston, Texas; Brooklyn, New York; Seattle, WA, among other venues.