Artists Up LogoThe current ARTISTS UP team who oversees this initiative are staff from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and ArtsWA We share responsibilities and leadership and we pull from local expertise, including artists, to assist us in aligning our equity goals. Founding members include: Miguel GuillénIrene GómezMarcia Iwasaki and Heather Dwyer.

 Artist Trust

Special thanks to our past partner, Artist Trust, and specifically staff member Katy Hannigan, who helped us move the important work of Artists Up forward. We’d also like to thank Noah Lumbantobing for our logo design!


Heather Dwyer, 4Culture

Heather Dwyer manages 4Culture’s Art Projects for individuals, a competitive funding program for projects in all artistic disciplines; Storefront Media Gallery; Arc Artist Fellowship; and created Open 4Culture, an entry level funding resource for art, heritage and preservation projects in King County, Washington. Prior to joining 4Culture in 2003, Heather worked for Jack Straw Productions, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Artist Trust, Bank of America Art Programs, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and a MFA from California Institute of Arts (CalArts).

Irene Gómez, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture     

Irene administers Youth Arts and CityArtists Projects funding programs in addition to related technical support. She’s an active member of the city’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Change Team and volunteers on several boards and committees of a community foundation, artist collectives and heritage organizations. Film, travel, friends and being parent of an emerging media artist balance interests outside of work.

Miguel Guillén, ArtsWA      

Miguel Guillén is the Grants to Organizations Program Manager for the Washington State Arts Commission. Miguel has several years of experience managing arts programs for the private non-profit sector and providing support to community-based arts organizations, small arts groups, community-based projects and individual artists across Washington State. He holds an Arts Management Certificate from Seattle Central Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornish College of the Arts.

Marcia Iwasaki, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture 

Marcia enjoys helping artists and communities realize their artistic vision and projects. She is the only staff member who has worked on both Public Art and Cultural Partnerships teams, working with artists in public art as well as music, dance, theater, film and literary arts. Her projects range from modest, ephemeral events to hefty-scaled, permanent public art, like the Joint Fire Fighter and Seattle Public Utility training campus. Marcia’s enthusiasm for the arts is infectious, with more than 20 years with the office, preceded by teaching art at a small Native American school in Montana, working at the Boston Children’s Museum, and co-founding the Boston Dragon Boat Festival (now in its 34th year!). She was raised on a family farm in Oregon and enjoys travel, gardening and new recipes.


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