About Us

Proudly supporting the arts for over 50 years!

501(c)(3) Information:

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

Vision, Mission & Values:

Our Vision: 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.

Our Values: Allied Arts Foundation values

  • 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

We support the arts by providing yearly artist grants, high school artist awards, a poetry award, music scholarships and fiscal sponsorship for artists and arts organizations. We also support arts advocacy and historic preservation.


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.” 

Read about us!

Stirring Up SeattleThe 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.

View our 7-minute History Project trailer:

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There are many opportunities to volunteer at Allied Arts Foundation. If you have time to help the arts, just click here to find out more!

Board of Directors


Llewelyn G. Pritchard
Attorney, Helsell Fetterman, Emeritus

Lydia Aldredge
Independent Artist: Archetype

David Cruse Beal
Vice President, Starbucks – Global Loyalty & Digital Development

Karen Kane
President, Madison Park Community Council

Maria Kolby-Wolfe
President & CEO, Washington Women’s Foundation

Lara Lavi
Owner, Dreaming in Color Entertainment

Matt Marshall
Director of Development, Northwest African American Museum

Carey Page
Graphic Designer, Carey Page Designs

Bill Pritchard
Amazon – Legal World Wide Operations

Peter Steinbrueck
Architect, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies

Jerry Thonn
Attorney, Helsell Fetterman, Retired

Kate Wade
Independent Artist

Lish Whitson
Attorney, Lish Whitson PLLC


Kenan Block
Kenan Block Media & Communications

John Bowen, Jr.
Independent Artist

Gene Brandzel
Attorney, Gene Brandzel PLLC, Retired

Michael Breeden
Capital Campaign Manager, Town Hall

Mary B. Coney
Literature Professor, Univ. of WA, Retired

Glenda Downs
Owner, Sky River Meadery

Leonard Garfield
Executive Director, Museum of History and Industry

Effie Gleason
Manager, Canvas Event Space

Abby Hagan
Documentary Filmmaker, Moxie Media

Jane Hastings
Technical Architect, Retired

Gerald Hansmire
Founder, Makers Architecture and Urban Design, Retired

Sally Hayman
Art Critic, Retired

Virginia Hungate-Hawk
Artist;  Instructor, Stadium High in Tacoma & Pratt Fine Arts Center

Brooks Kolb
Landscape Architect, Brooks Kolb LLC

Cheryl Lee
Associate, Helsell Fetterman

Margaret Pageler
Seattle City Council, Retired

Olga Sagan
Owner, Piroshky Piroshky

Cherie Seymore
Leasing Agent, Phillips Real Estate Services

Michele Soderstrom
Art Instructor, Port Townsend High School

Tree Swenson
Co-founder, Copper Canyon Press

Judy Talley
Engineer/Owner, The Talley Group

Boyka Thayer
Interior Designer/Owner, Tattersall Design

Jessica Thonn
Instructor, Centro Linguistico di Ateneo

Janet True
Member, Swedish Foundation Board

Virginia Wyman
Trustee, Wyman Youth Trust


Jeff Rinedahl
Executive Director
jeff (at) alliedarts-foundation.org
206-353-9148 (Mobile)