2018 Grant Updates

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture grant program, which has been investing in the arts and cultural community for over 40 years, will see significant changes in 2018 and 2019 as the City transitions to a new online Citywide grant platform. Grant programs will continue to be available including CityArtists Projects, Civic Partners, Arts in Parks, Neighborhood & Community Arts, smART ventures, Youth Arts, and Cultural Facilities Fund.

Investing in a new platform that will produce a better experience for applicants and aligns with race and social justice values by providing more equity in opportunities for artists and communities of color, is a major undertaking for ARTS and the City. 2018 will be a year of transition while this new platform is built and grant program staff continue to research and test innovative ideas based on community feedback from underserved and underrepresented community stakeholders.

While the new grant platform is being built, ARTS’ current grant platform, CultureGrants Online (CGO) will no longer be supported by WESTAF – as of June 30, 2018. This means that:

  • a number of grants will be hosted on interim platforms
  • organizations and individuals who have application material in the CGO system, will need to save application materials. ARTS will offer workshops and webinars to help guide you through this process.

For additional information on each program please see below.

Grant Program Application Dates  

Program Manager


Arts in Parks 2019


Scheduled to open August 2018  

Jenny Crooks


Civic Partners 2019 Currently funded organizations will have their funding extend through 2019. New organizations interested in 2019 funding will be able to apply in early 2019.


Kathy Hsieh
CityArtist Projects 2019 Scheduled to open May 2018  

Irene Gómez


Cultural Facilities Fund 2018 More information available April 2018  

Matthew Richter


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Facilities Grant Ongoing, no changes Amanda Licorish
Neighborhood &

Community Arts


Scheduled to open August 2018 Jenny Crooks
Youth Arts 2018 – 2019 More information available April 2018 Kristi Woo
smART Ventures 2018 Ongoing, no changes  

Jenny Crooks


Please let us know additional ways ARTS can help as we navigate these changes with you. As always we welcome your feedback and input.

Temporary art installations coming to a park near you this summer

The Seattle Park District continues to enliven the region with more art, more events and more fun through the Arts in Parks program.

Arts in Parks is a partnership between the Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, celebrating diversity, building community, and energizing parks while connecting with underserved communities. A feature of the program is temporary art installations in public parks throughout the city.

Beginning in June, seven artists will install temporary artwork in four parks:, Ballard Commons Park, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, Delridge Playfield and Pritchard Island Beach. Check out the full Arts in Parks summer schedule of events here.

June 3 to July 20
Once Upon a Time
Artist: Yeggy Michael
Delridge Playfield
4458 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

This interactive temporary sculpture is made of five standard-sized doors that are connected in the shape of a pentagon. The interior is adorned with a paper collage that speaks to the story of immigrants from the community. The exterior is painted with a US flag where anyone is invited to sign, draw and express themselves using the provided color markers.

June 17 to August 12
Passing By
Artist: Kalina Chung
Delridge Playfield
4458 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

This sculptural installation is comprised of wooden carpentry framing and paint. Kalina Chung, a local Delridge artist, uses a mint paint color that is representative of Cottage Grove Court, an iconic housing complex in the Delridge community. The artwork reflects the effect of Seattle’s growth on its neighborhoods, and encourages conversation about gentrification and its impact on the community’s architecture.

June 20 to July 21
Danisi, Qoob Ka, Movimiento, Sirba
Artist: Devon Midori Hale and Cheryl Delostrinos
Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park
2100 S Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144

An installation of screen-printed flags created in collaboration with local youth of Yesler Terrace serves as a stage for dance performances in the park’s amphitheater. Smaller flags with youth self-portraits and writings stand behind audience seating.

July to August
Portraits in the Park
Artist: Michelle Lassaline

This temporary activation connects audiences to art, wildlife and neighborhood spaces. Artist Michelle Lassaline will wear her handmade animal masks while painting individual portraits for participants as an animal of their choice. These free portraits are quick, whimsical watercolors that inspire imagination in viewers of all ages.

Ballard Commons Park

August 6, Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
August 13, Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
August 20, Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

First Hill Park

July 28, Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Flo Ware Park

July 29, Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

July and August
Artist: Carolina Silva
Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Artist Carolina Silva will install large-scale painted wooden panels in Ballard Commons Park, inspired by fabrics and patterns gathered from the community that reference different cultures. The panels fasten together like a 3D puzzle that overlaps and unfolds in space, suggestive of the need for support amid constant change within communities.

July 7 to August 19
The People’s Throne
Artist: Ari Glass and Rome Esmaili
Pritchard Island Beach
8400 55th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118

This project encourages the community to embrace its unique identity and actualize their power for creating positive change. Park-goers are invited to sit in an elaborate throne, providing them with a sense of empowerment.

September 1 to October 19
Immigration Signs
Artist: Michiko Tanaka
Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Attempting to increase understanding of the immigrant experience, Seattle artist Michiko Tanaka is developing a temporary installation in Ballard Commons Park. This installation will include artist-created icons, inspired by conversations with immigrant and refugee communities, that will be printed on “yield” traffic signs and attached to existing posts in Ballard Commons Park.