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
206.684.7084

 

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
206.733.9926
CityArtist Projects 2019 Scheduled to open May 2018  

Irene Gómez
206.684.7310

 

Cultural Facilities Fund 2018 More information available April 2018  

Matthew Richter
206.733.9955

 

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Facilities Grant Ongoing, no changes Amanda Licorish
206.684.4758
Neighborhood &

Community Arts

 

Scheduled to open August 2018 Jenny Crooks
206.684.7084
Youth Arts 2018 – 2019 More information available April 2018 Kristi Woo
206.727.8671
smART Ventures 2018 Ongoing, no changes  

Jenny Crooks
206.684.7084

 

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

Mayor Murray Announces $1.8 million investment in Seattle art organizations

 

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release
Contact:                Erika Lindsay, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, (206) 684-4337
Calandra Childers, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, (206) 684-7306

                                

Mayor Murray Announces $1.8 million investment in Seattle art organizations
Civic Partners is the City’s largest investment in arts, heritage and cultural organizations

 SEATTLE (Feb. 23, 2016) – Today Mayor Ed Murray announced a $1.8 million investment in Seattle-based arts and cultural organizations through the Office of Arts & Culture’s Civic Partners program – the largest award ever under the program. The City will invest in 160 arts and cultural organizations to create broad public access to a rich array of quality arts opportunities, while fostering a healthy and diverse cultural community.

“The City knows that arts and culture thrive when you have a diverse and multicultural array of arts organizations,” said Mayor Murray. “Today’s announcement is a significant investment in our support of diversity in the arts. A healthy, equitable arts ecology is one where many organizations, such as the Seattle Symphony, Northwest African Art Museum, Seattle Repertory Theater, Path with Art, Spectrum Dance Theatre, The Wing Luke Memorial Foundation and Youth in Focus thrive and provide a wide variety of resources for our community.”

The Civic Partners Program makes community investments every two years in the broad cultural community, helping emerging and established organizations produce a rich variety of arts, heritage and cultural opportunities for Seattle residents and visitors. This year’s Civic Partners awardees completed a Racial Equity Assessment for the program, which is aimed at evaluating and supporting efforts to address racial and cultural barriers to success.

“Investing in the arts is one of the most important ways we foster a vibrant city,” said Randy Engstrom, director Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. “The arts help create community, provide inspiration and creativity, and promote cross-culture understanding. These organizations confront challenging issues and create meaningful dialogue that helps move our city forward.”

Funded groups for the 2016-2017 Civic Partners program represent the wealth of Seattle’s arts and cultural organizations large and small, across multiple disciplines: ArtsWest, Burke Museum Association, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Copper Canyon West, Seattle JazzED, Seattle Opera, SEEDArts and The Vera Project.

In addition, eight organizations are designated community partners – arts service organizations that enhance the capacity of artists and arts groups: Artist Trust, Teen Tix and Theatre Puget Sound.

In the last funding cycle in 2014, the Civic Partners program awarded $1.7 million to 158 Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations, plus nine arts service organizations. These funded programs engaged more than 15,855 volunteer and paid artists serving an audience of almost 1.4 million people, including 168,272 students and youth, and provided 272,390 free admissions. Nearly 43 percent of the funded projects either involved artists of color or served communities of color at some level.

For a complete list of organizations through the 2016-2017 grants, visit the website: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/civic-partners

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Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle The Office of Arts & Culture envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at seattle.gov/arts

 

Civic Partner Highlight and Workshops for 2015-16 application

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture’s Civic Partner funding program invests in arts and cultural organizations to foster broad public access to a rich array of quality arts opportunities while promoting a healthy and diverse cultural community. On May 19th the 2015-16 two-year funding program will begin accepting applications and will award approximately $1.7M to arts and cultural organizations in the city.

photo credit: Colleen Cooke

One of our current Civic Partners is Khambatta Dance Company (KDC). Khambatta Dance Company is a six member dance group led by Cyrus Khambatta celebrating 25 years of making dance in 2015. It has consistently fulfilled its mission to bring communities together and to offer dance to the broadest possible audience by performing both regionally/internationally – in places such as Brazil, Mexico, India, Montana, Oregon and Eastern Washington in the last year alone- AND presenting hundreds of local, national and international artists to Seattle audiences of nearly 5,000 annually through The Seattle International Dance Festival.

The festival provides free outdoor programming open to all, partnering this year with The Mobile Food Rodeo, as well as more intimate theatrical performances in partnership with Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle Theater Group at Raisbeck Hall and The Moore Theater. For more information on the festival visit www.SeattleIDF.org.

You can see Khambatta Dance Company perform its latest piece Fear and Vulnerability at the Seattle International Dance Festival on June 12-13. According to Cyrus Khambatta, at KDC being a Civic Partner means: “The Office of Arts & Culture is not only a funding body, it is a support network. In my experience, everyone at ARTS is a passionate, dedicated advocate for the arts, making sure that the arts and audiences connect, that citizens recognize the value of having the arts in their communities and continually focusing on the enrichment, diversity, creativity and depth of relations that the arts espouse within our community. It is an invaluable entity that is intrinsic to the healthy cultural sustenance of this community and its overall vibrancy within the region and the nation.”

Eligible Seattle arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations of all sizes and disciplines need to have a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. Applicants should also be not-for-profit (does not have to have 501(c) (301) tax-exempt status). The application closes on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Online application and guidelines are available at http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/organizations.asp. Organizations are reviewed by a peer panel on public impact, artistic merit, and organizational strength.

Workshops: Get insider tips on how to submit a strong application. The Civic Partner Application has been updated significantly. We encourage ALL applicants to attend a workshop. With increasing numbers of applicants yet level funding, this program will be more competitive than ever before. These interactive question-and-answer sessions will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply plus special focus on what’s new. The 3-hour sessions go in deeper depth about the new elements of the application process including an even deeper focus on racial equity. Please register by contacting Kathy Hsieh at kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9926. Workshops will be held:

Tuesday, May 12 – 6 – 9 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, Room 106
2524 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 on Seattle’s Beacon Hill

Tuesday, May 19 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Seattle City Hall, Room 370
600 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle

Thursday, May 21 – 2 – 5 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Room 370
600 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle

Wednesday, June 3 – 6 – 8 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, Room 106
2524 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 on Seattle’s Beacon Hill

In 2014, the Civic Partners program awarded $1.7 million to 158 Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations plus nine arts service organizations designated as Community Partners. These funded programs engaged more than 15,855 volunteer and paid artists serving an audience of almost 1.4 million people, including 168,272 students and youth, and provided 272,390 free admissions. Nearly 43 percent of the funded projects either involved artists of color or served communities of color at some level.

Civic Partner Highlight: The Wing

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

This May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – in other words, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. The Wing is a longtime Civic Partner of the Office of Arts and Culture and is a glittering gem in the cultural landscape of Seattle.

Founded in 1966, the museum was named after Wing Luke (1925-1965), the first Asian American to hold public office in the Pacific Northwest.  The Wing explores the culture, art and history of the pan-Asian Pacific American experience and is the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Pacific Northwest as well as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Their mission is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences. Their community rich exhibitions offer authentic perspectives on a unique version of the American story.

The Wing exhibitions have explored Seattle’s Japanese community incarceration during World War II, community portrait galleries featuring Filipino, Vietnamese and South Asian portraits, a history of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and temporary exhibitions featuring popular culture and icons. The museum also offers guided neighborhood walking tours that provide an insider look at the historic and culturally-rich Chinatown-International District. Tours include Historic Hotel tour, Bruce Lee’s Chinatown tour, Songs of Willow Frost tour, and dumpling tours (yes, please).

What does being a Civic Partner mean to The Wing? “Support from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture enables The Wing to give voice to those who are underrepresented and underresourced to share their art, culture, history, passions and perspectives. Being a Civic Partner demonstrates our joint effort in providing opportunities to bridge communities and connect with the general public overall.”

Don’t miss the following exhibitions and events at The Wing during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

Immigration in Context
Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm
Join us for a lively discussion about how immigration and the U.S’s response to new migrants have changed over the last 50 years. Panelists from Changelab, UW, Washington DREAM Act of Coalition, and more will attend. Moderated by Cynthia Brothers. In conjunction with the Belonging exhibit with support from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. RSVP through the website. Free.

Baseball Saved Us
Saturday, May 9, 11am-12pm
Come see Baseball Saved Us, the award-winning children’s book, presented by 5th Avenue Theatre! Follow the journey of young Shiro, who, along with his family, is imprisoned in a “camp” unlike any other, and his struggles learning how to play baseball and survive. Free.

Constructs: Installations by Asian Pacific American Women Artists
May 15, 2015 – October 18, 2015
Explore history & memory, traditional arts & new technology, identity & belonging, and more – all through immersive and interactive environments that have transformed space at The Wing.

Bruce Lee’s Chinatown Tour
Retrace Bruce’s footsteps through the Chinatown-ID, his old stomping ground. His first martial arts studio and his hangouts – see how he became a part of the local community. For more details, go to wingluke.org/bruceleetickets/ or call 206.623.5124 ext.133

Interesting Fact: The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Wing personifies the type of organization that the Civic Partners program funds. The Civic Partner program awards funding to arts and cultural and heritage organizations in all disciplines with a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. The City’s investment is aimed at creating broad public access to a rich array of quality arts opportunities while promoting a healthy and diverse cultural community. The 2016/17 Civic Partner program funding opens May 5 so mark your calendars now.

 

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture announces $2.45 M in grants available

The Office of Arts & Culture announced that $2.4M in cultural program grants are available to expand public access to arts and cultural organizations, develop and renovate arts spaces, support community festivals, individual artists, and youth programs and foster innovative projects. The office’s goal is to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for people of all cultural backgrounds to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences.

“Investing in the arts makes our community more vibrant, spurs economic growth and can also help further our ongoing pursuits of social and economic justice,” says Mayor Ed Murray. “These grants will make a meaningful impact in our communities by expanding access to the arts for residents throughout our city.”

The office’s cultural partnerships programs support performances, events, exhibitions and permanent and temporary artworks, from neighborhood festivals to mainstage performances to arts training for youth. In 2014, the city invested $2.45 million to support more than 360 individuals and institutions, representing a major investment in Seattle’s cultural and artistic community, and in the city’s greater civic life.

Cultural Partnerships grant programs provide funding for arts and cultural groups, individual artists, and youth service and community-based organizations. Below are applications opening dates for the following programs in 2015:

 

Grant Program Application Dates Amount
Work Readiness Arts Program 2015 February 17 – April 1 (open now!) $100,718
Civic Partners 2016 and 2017 May 5 – June 30 $1,700,000*
CityArtist Projects 2016 May 27 – July22 $160,000
Cultural Facilities 2015-16 June 22 – September 4 $175,000
Neighborhood & Community Arts 2016 August 18 – October 21 $48,000
Youth Arts 2016 December (exact date tbd) $175,000
smART Ventures 2015 Ongoing $50,000

 

* This amount is based on current year budget. The City’s 2016 budget process will determine the total funding available through this program for that year. Those awarded in 2016 will also receive funding in 2017.

In addition, $50,000 will be distributed through all of our funding programs for projects benefitting Seattle youth through the arts.

For more information on funding opportunities and the Office of Arts & Culture, go here: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/default.asp.