HISTORIC SITE(S) SPECIFIC is a project of 4Culture, King County’s Cultural Services Agency in Washington State, USA.

With a new focus on King County historic sites, 4Culture invites creative individuals and organizations to collaborate with historic sites in interpreting and enhancing sites through any artistic discipline. Site stewards may post site information to the Roster of Historic Sites and invite inquiries and ideas from King County based artists interested in exploring the unique history or architecture of that location. Artists may contact or explore possibilities with any historic site in King County. A Call for Collaborative Proposals, with a deadline of October 9, 2013, solicits joint project proposals from artists and sites. After panel review of the proposals, the program funds 10–15 projects to take place in 2014. Through Historic Site(s) Specific, the people, the historic architecture, context and landscape of King County will be illuminated for all residents and visitors in new and interesting ways.

To learn more about the unique history of the 4Culture Site Specific Program and view past projects, please visit the archives.

Saar Pioneer Cemetery

Thresholds by Bradly Gunn & Frances Nelson

Collaborative artists Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn will identify grave sites in Saar Pioneer Cemetery with an emblematic series of threshold or doorway markers.

Sammamish Slough

Remembering History: Samammish Slough Boat Races by A. Gaul Culley

Audiences of all ages are invited to celebrate this historic event, listen to stories told by boat racers, look at classic race boats, view archived photos, and talk to local Heritage Society members from the cities of Kenmore, Bothell, and Redmond.

Panama Hotel

Panama Hotel Jazz by Stephen Griggs

Seattle jazz artist Stephen Griggs will reinterpret Seattle’s Jazz history along Jackson Street through a series of music and spoken word performances in the Panama Hotel Tea Room.

Mary Olson Farm

Gentlemen Desperado by Keri Healey
White River Museum, Auburn

Theater artist Keri Healey will reprise her successful 2012 production, Gentleman Desperado, an outdoor environmental theatrical experience based on the legendary hostage-taking event by bank robber Harry Tracy at this family farm.

Cougar Mountain

Black Forest (29,930,000 tons) by Hans Baumann

Snoqualmie Depot

Suitcases by Kogut Butoh - Joan Laage

This Kogut Butoh performance, by renowned performer Joan Laage, will be performed in and around the Snoqualmie Depot. Participants will experience the nostalgia, romance, and excitement of train travel and the working railroad.

In the Land of Rain and Salmon - Jewish Voices of the Northwest: 1880-1920 by Book-It Repertory Theatre
Multiple Site Locations

Book-It Repertory Theatre will portray the stories of Washington State’s Jewish immigrants who came during the nineteenth century through the 1920s.

Inscape Arts - INS Building

left:behind by Morgan Dusatko

left:behind is an audio experience – part walking tour, part audio cinema – that takes you through the complicated history of the old INS building.

Stimson-Green Mansion

Heart Content by CabinFever

Cabinfever will host a “choose your own adventure” evening of performance and installation at the Stimson-Green Mansion this November.

Preston Community Center

Northwest Passages by Living Voices

Living Voices will produce two already successful performances, Northwest Passages and Journey from the Dust, at the Preston Community Center.

City of Enumclaw

10 Decades by Stacie Bernstein

Local video producer Stacie Bernstien and her production company, Hero Labs, will work with the City of Enumclaw to produce a video celebrating Enumclaw’s Centennial.

Renton Mine Hoist Foundation

⌘ - The Infinity Loop Project by Kristin Schimik

Kristin Schmick has developed a two part performance piece to commemorate all the living organisms which have been involved in the Renton Mine Hoist — from the plants that became the coal steam to the people that worked in the mine.

Past Site Specific Projects

Site Specific has been bringing projects to King County since 2005. Visit our archives and learn about our evolution.

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Site-Specific is supported with King County Lodging Tax funds along with additional in-kind and cash support provided by King County cities, presenting partners, and a $35,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn More