As prepares for the beginning of its , grant funds have been pledged to support ECA operations, including education programs, marketing/promotion of ECA and Edmonds and strategic planning for the future of ECA through organizations such as:
- Hazel Miller Foundation: $25,000 to underwrite the educational programming at ECA in the 2012/13 season. This season ECA will be presenting student matinee programs created specifically for students and designed to help teachers meet curriculum requirements, including one week of education outreach in the Edmonds School District at the elementary level.
- WESTAF/NEA: $2,500 to support the education outreach and public performance of taiko group On Ensemble. Western States Arts Federation funding supports those projects that include both components, with the opportunity to make the most impact.
- Hubbard Foundation: $2,500 towards the ECA strategic planning process. After five years of existence, ECA is launching this process to better understand the future of the organization and its position in the community. A consultant has been engaged and feedback from stakeholder groups in the community will be collected as part of the process, which is expected to be completed by December 2012.
- Snohomish County and City of Edmonds Lodging Tax Advisory Committees: $10,000 each towards the marketing and promotion of ECA’s performances. Both advisory committees see the value of ECA’s visibility and its role as a catalyst for tourism and economic activity, especially because the performance season drives tourism to the county and the city during the non-summer months.
“We appreciate the support of these local, regional and national organizations that recognize the value of Edmonds Center for the Arts to the community and our impact on the region at large," said executive director Joe McIalwain. “Their investments will help ECA to continue its growth and maximize our opportunities to be a resource.”
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a nonprofit performing arts facility located in the historic original Edmonds High School building. ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and education outreach programs.