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Design in Public to Receive $20,000 Grant from the NEA
Photo: Trevor Dykstra

SEATTLE, February 19, 2018—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Design in Public for the ninth annual Seattle Design Festival: TRUST. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Design in Public, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for continuing to support Design in Public and the Seattle Design Festival. Our programs and events are intended to inspire a diverse public to boldly imagine a vibrant urban environment where citizens leaders embrace architecture and design as an essential element for addressing community challenges and enhancing future livability for all.” –Debra Webb, Public Programs Manager, Design in Public

Each September, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, and city officials to explore and celebrate how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. Every year the Festival grows, and it is now the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit