Allied Arts Foundation
3518 Fremont Ave N #521
Seattle, WA 98104-8814
Mission Vision & Values
Allied Arts Foundation supports all forms of healthy artistic endeavors and strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive artistic community.
Our mission is to support artists, art projects, and arts-related organizations by providing 501(c)(3) non-profit fiscal sponsorship, artist awards, and arts advocacy, and other support as determined by the Board of Directors.
- Encouragement — providing members of our artistic community with support and recognition for their talents
- Integrity — operating with high ethical standards, including honesty and transparency, as well as consistency and accountability with our word, actions, and intentions
- Creativity — celebrating artistic endeavors of all kinds
- Inclusivity — embracing and promoting diversity across all levels of our organization and the opportunities we provide
- Excellence — striving for, recognizing, and rewarding outstanding achievement Advocacy — promoting and fighting for causes we believe in
Founded in 1967, AAF began as the funding arm of Allied Arts of Seattle, a venerable citizen advocacy organization which had, since the mid-’50s, worked to enliven the cultural vitality of the city through urban design planning, historic preservation, and arts funding.
Robert Jackson Block dedicated a substantial amount of personal investment income toward the creation of an Allied Arts Foundation investment fund to prevent Seattle from being relegated to what English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham referred to as a “Cultural Dustbin.”
With Jerry Thonn, an attorney who had worked tirelessly with Friends of the Market to preserve Pike Place Market as Seattle’s first designated historic district, and with Peggy Golberg, Mr. Block formed the nucleus of a group determined to put money where Allied Arts’ voice was.
In supporting advocacy and education programs through their annual gala auctions, Allied Arts Foundation took root providing the necessary heft that allowed the influential advocacy group to help pass important historical initiatives. These included creating the city’s and state’s first arts commissions, mandating better arts funding through the one percent of county revenues for the arts and King County’s hotel/motel tax, placing restrictions on billboards, and helping to preserve Seattle’s historic buildings and create both the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square historic districts to protect the city’s unique flavor and character, as well as its colorful past.
Allied Arts was on the forefront of a sustained and comprehensive effort to push Seattle out of its comfortable sleep as a cultural backwater toward its rich future as a vital urban magnet.
The complete story of Allied Arts is told in Stirring Up Seattle: Allied Arts in the Civic Landscape by R. M. Campbell. It’s a compelling read about the dynamic visionaries who helped shape the Seattle arts scene we know today.
Order online through University of Washington Press.
Oral History Project
Creating Stirring Up Seattle involved recording the oral histories of our founders. These videos have been preserved at MOHAI, HistoryLink.Org and on our AAF Youtube Channel.
We invite you to enjoy the rich histories and delightful anecdotes from these luminaries, many of whom are no longer with us.
Founded in 1967, Allied Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Seattle.
IRS EIN: 91-0829974
IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter (Designation March 1, 1968)
SAM Unique Entity Identifier (UEI): R3WAK8N7UQX3
Board of Directors
- Llewelyn G. Pritchard , PresidentAttorney, Helsell Fetterman, Emeritus
- Lydia Aldredge , Vice President & Interim Secretary/TreasurerIndependent Artist: Archetype
- David Cruse BealVice President, Starbucks – Global Loyalty & Digital Development
- Kenan BlockKenan Block Media & Communications
- John Bowen, Jr.Independent Artist
- Gene BrandzelAttorney, Gene Brandzel PLLC, Retired
- Mary B. ConeyLiterature Professor, Univ. of WA, Retired
- Glenda DownsOwner, Sky River Meadery
- Leonard GarfieldExecutive Director, Museum of History and Industry
- Effie GleasonManager, Canvas Event Space
- Abby HaganDocumentary Filmmaker, Moxie Media
- Gerald HansmireFounder, Makers Architecture and Urban Design, Retired
- Jane HastingsTechnical Architect, Retired
- Sally HaymanArt Critic, Retired
- Virginia Hungate-HawkArtist, Instructor, Stadium High in Tacoma & Pratt Fine Arts Center
- Karen KanePresident, Madison Park Community Council
- Brooks KolbLandscape Architect, Brooks Kolb LLC
- Lara LaviOwner, Dreaming in Color Entertainment
- Cheryl LeeAssociate, Helsell Fetterman
- Matt MarshallDirector of Development, Northwest African American Museum
- Carey PageGraphic Designer, Carey Page Designs
- Margaret PagelerSeattle City Council, Retired
- Bill PritchardAmazon – Legal World Wide Operations
- Olga SaganOwner, Piroshky Piroshky
- Cherie SeymoreLeasing Agent, Phillips Real Estate Services
- Michele SoderstromArt Instructor, Port Townsend High School
- Peter SteinbrueckArchitect, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies
- Tree SwensonCo-founder, Copper Canyon Press
- Judy TalleyEngineer/Owner, The Talley Group
- Boyka ThayerInterior Designer/Owner, Tattersall Design
- Jerry ThonnAttorney, Helsell Fetterman, Retired
- Jessica ThonnInstructor, Centro Linguistico di Ateneo
- Janet TrueMember, Swedish Foundation Board
- Kate WadeIndependent Artist
- Lish WhitsonAttorney, Lish Whitson PLLC
- Virginia WymanTrustee, Wyman Youth Trust