M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Preserving history, creating beauty and inspiring change

From museums to performance companies to artistic incubators, organizations serving the Arts and Culture sector seek to breathe life into our communities. These groups create joy for individuals and families through entertainment and inspiration while simultaneously helping preserve and share the history and heritage of communities and cultures both present and from our history.

A few of the areas in Arts and Culture we fund include:

Dance · Music · Theater · Visual Arts · Literary Arts · Performing Arts Centers · Art & Culture Centers · Arts supporting organizations

Grants Awarded

Arts & Culture Grantee Stories

The Performing Arts in Washington State

Art is a vital component of a healthy society. The performing arts in particular have the power to create a shared sense of community. The benefits of performing arts programs are many, with ripple effects that start from the individual and cascade outward into all facets of our society. We are privileged to have a robust collection of performing arts venues in Washington State, which the Murdock Trust is proud to support.

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The Arts: A Vital Part of Community and Democracy

Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and Southwest Washington is a two-year teaching and mentorship initiative that supports 16 arts and culture nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest.

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Public Radio

Where do you turn to get your news? Broadcast or cable television, newspaper, the local morning radio show? For many people in the Pacific Northwest, public radio is the source they trust for not only news, but for arts, culture, educational and regional programming.

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Arts and culture organizations play a vital role in the health of our local communities and in preserving and celebrating the heritage of the Pacific Northwest.

Martha Richards, Executive Director, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

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