Hugo House has received a Building for the Arts grant of $1.032 million from Washington state—a significant portion of the funds needed to purchase our new space and turn it into a home for writers.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators and advocated to secure this funding, which will not only fund our new home but also supports many other arts and cultural organizations across the state. Everything we’re most proud of in our city has been realized because of community action, and that includes Hugo House. And thank you to our legislators for investing in the cultural vitality of Seattle.
Seattle needs writers and writers need Hugo House. With UNESCO’s recent designation of Seattle as a City of Literature, it’s fitting that our city will have a new literary destination — a place where people can come any night of the week to hear readers, get feedback on works-in-progress, exchange ideas, and come together over a shared belief in careful attention to language.
With this significant funding from the state, we can now move ahead with final construction bids and bring our project to completion this summer.
Look back on past posts in Making Certain It Goes On, a series from our Executive Director, Tree Swenson, that chronicles the planning and building of our new and permanent home.