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doubleXposure Presents underXposed: What the Heck is ARPA?

In this episode of underXposed, co-host Vivian Phillips dives into the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the mid-2021 bill that U.S. Congress approved to funnel direct grants to arts and cultural groups. When Covid hit, arts and cultural organizations around the world were among the first venues to shut their doors. Millions of people lost jobs, and the organizations are struggling to weather the crisis. Guest Brian Carter, head of King County, Washington cultural agency 4Culture shares what ARPA means for local organizations and artists.

"The pandemic has created incredible financial hardship and a lot of losses within the cultural sector. And the cultural sector was not truly and sufficiently capitalized before the pandemic." -- Brian Carter

Brian Carter with his sons in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Photo courtesy Brian Carter


As Executive Director of 4Culture, in Seattle, WA, Brian J. Carter serves as Chief Executive Officer, creating and maintaining a clear vision for this cultural funding organization. He oversees the development and implementation of all services, programs, and projects that support and advance the organization’s vision, mission, and values. Brian acts as the primary liaison to elected officials, community partners, constituents, and stakeholders, building effective relationships that promote, support and nurture a culturally healthy King County. Prior to this position, Brian served as Director of Interpretation at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, in Seattle, WA; Museum Director at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon; and was a founding staff member of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, where he served as Deputy Director/Head Curator. Carter graduated with high honors from Stanford University, where he majored in American history with a minor in African and African American studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Washington Master of Arts in Museology. He is the Immediate Past President of the Board of the Association of African American Museums, a member of the American Alliance of Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Task Force, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington’s Museum Studies Certificate Program.

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