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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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King County arts, heritage groups get $400,000

Seattle Times music critic

Good news for beleaguered arts and heritage groups struggling in a tight economy: two rounds of grants from the King County Cultural Development Authority (formerly the county's Department of Cultural Resources, now a separate public development authority).

The CDA has announced its Arts Special Projects grants, with awards totaling $217,000 for 84 projects in music, theater, dance, film and visual arts in communities across the county.

A second round of Heritage grants also will distribute $187,603 to 57 nonprofit heritage organizations and community projects.

CDA board President Melissa Hines said the county's grants will provide "seed money" that leverages further support. Included in those arts special projects: $2,000 to the Kirkland Performance Center to present the performance-art group Mizuto Abura; and $1,000 to Pat Graney Company, for a public workshop in the final development phase of Graney's new dance work, "Vivian Girls."

The Heritage grants are twofold. In one category, Heritage Sustained Support, the CDA will dispense $110,123 to 31 county organizations, such as Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats ($6,000) and Snoqualmie's Northwest Railway Museum ($7,000). In the second, the Heritage Special Projects Program, 26 projects throughout King County will receive a total of $77,480; recipients include the Ballard Historical Society ($3,520) and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center ($5,000).

Details of all the grants are at www.culturaldevelopment.org.

Melinda Bargreen: mbargreen@seattletimes.com

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