About the Handbook

The COVID-19 Handbook for the Creative Sector is a website created by King County Creative in order to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date online resource page and handbook with public health news, information, tips and resources as local landscape changes through the weeks and months of the COVID-19 crisis.  

The Handbook is intended to consolidate and/or coordinate with other information resources for the creative sectors, including resource efforts by other government agencies, nonprofit service providers and grassroots collectives who have formed during this time at the local and statewide levels to ensure mutual aid and universal access to resources.

About King County Creative

King County Creative is an initiative of Executive Dow Constantine’s Office focused on film, music and the creative industries for the region. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year, King County Creative and its key leader Kate Becker have become primary liaison for Public Health and other COVID-19 response issues to all large gatherings and the creative industries broadly in the region.

King County Creative strives to disseminate clear up-to-date public health, resources and relief information to the cultural and creative sectors throughout the county and advise county officials on the needs within the community. King County Creative is developing this handbook, key communications, and partnerships to help ensure distribution of the most important information throughout the community during this time.

View a message from Dow Constantine from our Health and Medical Area Command.

About Our Team

Kate Becker has been championing creative industries in our region for her entire career and joined the King County Executive’s Office in 2019. Recently, King County Creative’s team has expanded temporarily to handle COVID-19 crisis response. 

The Handbook was developed by a team of communications and arts policy professionals that has included the following:

  • Andy Fife, Cultural Policy Specialist
  • Leigh Sims, Public Relations Specialist
  • Caroline Dodge, Outreach and Community Relations Specialist
  • Aaron Starkey, Web Design and Development
  • Jaeeun Kim, Research Specialist (Seattle ARTS)
  • Sandy Esene, Research Specialist (Seattle ARTS)

King County COVID-19 Creative Industries Coalition

King County Creative is working with a strong coalition of regional partners who will serve to amplify and distribute vital public health and relief information into the various corners of the creative community. This includes key government agencies, funders and industry associations and service organizations:

  • 4Culture (king county arts, culture, heritage and history agency)
  • Artist Trust (statewide individual artist org)
  • Artists Up
  • ArtsFund (regional arts foundation)
  • ArtsWA (WA State Arts Commission)
  • ASSET (Seattle Festivals & Events Coalition)
  • Folklife (Festival & Cultural Arts Network)
  • Inspire WA (statewide arts & culture advocacy)
  • King County Creative (king county film and music agency)
  • Seattle Arts Commission
  • Seattle Film Advisory Taskforce
  • Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Effort
  • Seattle Music Commission
  • Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
  • Seattle Office of Film, Music & Special Events
  • Seattle Public Libraries
  • Shunpike (statewide small arts group org)
  • Washington Festivals & Events Association
  • Washington Filmworks (statewide film office)
  • Whipsmart (statewide creative sector agency)
Executive Dow Constantine
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