The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

By Diana Zimmerman
Wah. Co. Eagle 

Foundation supports artists across the state


KC Madsen, a southwest Washington artist who works with paper, came to Cathlamet on Saturday to give a presentation at the Pioneer Church about Artist Trust, a foundation that supports artists in Washington state. Twenty-one creative people from Wahkiakum and Pacific counties attended the meeting.

Artist Trust is a non-profit 501(c) organization based in Seattle. According to their website, they “provide Washington State artists of all creative disciplines the necessary support to launch and sustain successful careers, through financial grants, career training and professional resources.”

Madsen discussed the many resources provided by Artist Trust. Along with the website, there is an office and resource room in Seattle. Their library includes an extensive collection of articles on topics relevant to artist’s concerns.

Artist Trust works to connect patrons with artists and to inform artists of opportunities available to them, paid and unpaid. Artist Trust also provides links for the artist with the legal community.

The artist can learn about liability insurance, healthcare options and safety issues as well as attend workshops and classes. Moreover, it’s another way for artists to connect with other artists.

“In 2011, $284,000 was awarded to 85 artists in Washington,” said Madsen.

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