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Each year, the City of Issaquah invests in arts and culture through a grants program that supports quality arts programming, arts education, cultural events and festivals in the community.

2016 Arts Grants
In 2016, the Arts Commission awarded more than $185,000 to 27 projects ranging from the downtown Issaquah ArtWalk and local concerts to arts programs for local schools and at-risk youth. Here's the complete list: 

artEAST: 2016 Exhibitions and Lectures and Family and Youth Programming
Challenger Elementary School PTSA: Volunteer Art Docent Program
Clark Elementary School: Volunteer Art Docent Program
Cougar Mountain Zoo: Bronze Sculpture for World of Wolves Exhibit
Downtown Issaquah Association: 2016 Issaquah ArtWalks, Gas Station Blues Music Program and Fantastic Fly In Arts Programming
Freehold Theatre: Engaged Theatre Tour and Artist Residency at Echo Glen Children's Center
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park: Summer Children's Fair and Concert and Artistic Elements in the New Playground
Highlands Council: 2016 Highlands Day Festival
Influence the Choice/Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth: 2016 Influence the Choice Video Contest
Issaquah History Museums: Paint Your Own History Program
Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra: Community Orchestra Program
Issaquah Salmon Days: Music on the Hatchery Stage
Issaquah Singers: Free Concerts at Senior Living Centers
Issaquah Valley Elementary School: Help Us Shine Theatre Program Improvements
Issaquah Youth Advisory Board: Youth Poetry Slam
Maple Hills Elementary PTA: Volunteer Art Docent Program
Master Chorus Eastside: All American Independence Celebration         
Sammamish Symphony Association: Free Community Ensemble Concerts 
Seattle Shakespeare Company: Free Wooden O Summer Shakespeare on the Green Performances 
Village Theatre: Issaquah Mainstage Season, KIDSTAGE and Village Originals

The following Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department programs also received support:
  • 2016 Concerts on the Green
  • 2016 Issaquah Farmers Market entertainment
  • Art class series for teens
artEAST Art Exhibitions and Lecture Programs
artEAST Art Festivals and Family Activities
artEAST Youth Programming
Downtown Issaquah Association ArtWalk
Downtown Issaquah Association Kids Art Camp Marketing Campaign
Downtown Issaquah Association Music Programing
Eastside Writes Talking Pages Reading Series
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio Engaged Theatre Tour and Residency
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park Summer Teen Concert
Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Sister Cities - Moroccan Artist Exchange for Salmon Days
Highlands Council Highlands Day Festival 2015
Issaquah History Museums Hobo Signs Exhibit
Issaquah Parks & Recreation Issaquah Concerts on the Green
Issaquah Parks & Recreation Issaquah Farmers Market
Issaquah Parks and Recreation  Teen Art Club
Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra The Issaquah Philharmonic Community Orchestra
Issaquah Singers Free concerts at Senior Living Centers in Issaquah
Master Chorus Eastside All American Independence Celebration
Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Community Ensemble Program
Seattle Shakespeare Company Wooden O Free Shakespeare in the Park
Village Theatre Village Theatre Program Support
Apollo Elementary PTA Art Docent Program
ISD for Beaver Lake Middle School Art Installation at Beaver Lake Middle School
Challenger Elementary Providing Clay Experiences for Challenger Students
ISD for Clark Elementary Volunteer Art Docent Program
ISD for Echo Glen Children's Center Art Docent Program
ISD for Issaquah High School Bringing Shakespeare Alive
ISD for Issaquah Middle School Procession of the Species
ISD for Tiger Mountain Community High School Second Annual Vicki Hoffman Memorial Art Day