Only in Seattle Newsletter – August 2018

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Invitation to summertime social – Peer Networking at Tai Tung;
  • SODO’s track mural is the longest in the world;
  • Ballard’s Sidewalk Sale is this weekend;
  • Funding opportunities for business districts;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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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.

Wanted: Musician/Composer for Fremont Bridge Residency

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks a practicing composer and/or musician to be an Artist-in Residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected composer and/or musician will undertake an in-depth exploration of the historic bridge’s role and meaning for the city of Seattle and create music in response to this residency.

The project budget is $10,000 USD ($5,000 for residency, $5,000 for sound project, presentation, documentation), inclusive of all residency costs, project, presentation, documentation of the work, and applicable taxes. Payment will be made in installments based on benchmarks established by ARTS in consultation with the artist.


The call is open to established professional musicians/composers living in Seattle or within 100 miles of Seattle. The artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Artists who are well represented or have received City Artist grants may not be prioritized as highly as those who have not. Students are not eligible to apply.


11 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Pacific Standard Time)


Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, contact CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Please email Kristen Ramirez or call 206.615.1095 with any questions about this project.

Photo by Joe Mabel.

The Office of Arts & Culture invests more than $160,000 in individual artists’ work

 32 artist projects funded through CityArtist Projects grant for 2018

The Office of Arts & Culture is supporting 32 artists through the CityArtist Projects grant, a funding program that has invested more than $1.7 M in individual artists over the last 10 years. Funding for 2018 goes to support artists’ work in Literary (except Playwriting), Media/Film, and Visual Arts. This year 57% awards went to first time applicants.

“Art can’t happen without artists. It is vital that we invest in the people who are creating and making work in our city,” says Randy Engstrom, director the Office of Arts & Culture. “They are the creative spirit that move us and reflect back the world we live in.”

Several funded works tackle issues facing our society today including the LGBTQ movement, childhood abuse, intergenerational and mixed race exchanges, mental illness, and Native American and Black depictions in society. In addition, immersive installations, bilingual performances and new musical compositions are some of the artworks funded in this cycle of CityArtist Projects.

2017 CityArtist Projects highlights:

  • Leah L. Piepzna-Samarasinha will curate and produce a literary event with 12 queer artists with disabilities exploring the theme of disability resistance.
  • Amy Jean Enser will complete a feature documentary combining film and live stage performance based on ‘Buckaroo,’ a male revue that follows the visionaries behind the Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret club.
  • Rafael Soldi will create a new photographic installation and sculptural objects that share the artists story of immigration. There will be a public exhibit/lecture and an international online platform.

CityArtist Projects 2018 funded artists:

Ivan Arteaga, Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou, Anna Maria Campoy, Terry Crane, Alex Crozier-Jackson, Jade Solomon Curtis, Hilary Field, Robert Flor, Sarah Foster, Alice Gosti, Stephen Griggs, Kimberly Holloway, David Ingram, Leslie Law, Veronica Lee-Baik, Jill Marissa, Ricki Mason, KT Niehoff, Serene Petersen, Peggy Piacenza, Elspeth Savani, Che Sehyun, Michael Shantz, Jessie Smith, Timothy Smith-Stewart, Ilvs Strauss, John Teske, Carol Thomson, Storme Webber, Amontaine Aurore Woods.

CityArtists Projects grant funds artists to develop and present new works, supporting artists and their artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle’s diversity. Awards range from $2,000 to $8,000.

For more information on public art and the Office of Arts & Culture, go here:

Lara Davis: Racial Equity at the 2017 Grantmakers in the Arts 2017 Conference

This October, Grantmakers in the Arts held their annual conference in Detroit. This year’s conference not only focused on racial equity in grants making it also highlighted the city of Detroit’s legacy of activism; and vibrant arts, music, and design communities. Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager here at the Office of Arts & Culture, covered the conference, sharing her insights, observations, and love for Detroit and the city’s incredible artists.

Oct. 29: Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy

Oct: 30: Counter Narrative is the TRUTH

Oct. 31: What will you risk?

As always, Lara’s thoughtful reflections remind us where we aspire to be and the work we need to do.