Art in the Parks and other Seattle Park District Funding

Apply now for Seattle Park District funded programs for community activities in 2017

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is now accepting applications for three Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2017.

Arts in Parks

– This program funds outdoor arts and cultural events in parks throughout the city.

– Funded projects include new and established festivals, events, and temporary public art that bring life to Seattle’s parks, especially in underserved areas of the city.

– Individual artists, neighborhood arts councils, and local community-based groups are eligible to apply.

– Applications are available online at www.seattle.gov/arts/arts-in-parks, in multiple languages. Applications are due by October 19, 2016 at 11 p.m.

– For more information, please call Jenny Crooks at 206-684-7084 or email her at jenny.crooks@seattle.gov.

Get Moving/Recreation for All

– These programs fund culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under resourced communities and in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent.

– The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between SPR and Seattle communities through innovative and sustainable programs.

– Nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups are eligible to apply.

– Applications are available online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/special-initiatives-and-programs/get-moving in multiple languages. Applications are due by October 24, 2016 at 5 p.m.

– For more information, please contact Lakema Bell and Jeron Gates at SPRfunds4all@seattle.gov

Learn what makes a strong application by attending a workshop. This interactive question-and-answer session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. We can make interpreters available with 72 hours advance notice. First time applicants are encouraged to attend.

October 1, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St.

October 4, 2016, 5:30-7 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way

October 11, 2016, 6:30-8 p.m.
Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.

 

 

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces investment in arts and cultural festivals for 2016

Organizations funded for two years through the 2016-17
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant

SEATTLE, (February 9, 2016) —The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces $48,000 invested in 40 neighborhood arts festivals and events through the two year Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) grant program. The program provides each organization with $1,200 per year for events taking place in 20 neighborhoods throughout the city.

Each of events speaks to the character of their neighborhood and invites the city to celebrate the heritage that makes Seattle unique. Highlights include the Alki Art Fair; a premier summer arts showcase featuring food, crafts and music on one of Seattle’s most scenic beaches (July 23-24); the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, an annual and year-round international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish and Israeli life, culture, identity, complexity, diversity, and history (April 2-10); Indigenous Showcase, a partnership between Northwest Film Forum and Longhouse Media to present an ongoing series showcasing emerging talents in indigenous communities (ongoing); the Beacon Hill Festival, an all-ages event featuring local entertainment, food and children’s activities celebrating the life and communities of Beacon Hill (June 17-18); and the Thai Festival, an annual outdoor festival in Northgate that showcases various aspects of Thai culture while bringing the city’s Thai community together with a variety of traditional activities, arts and crafts, music and dance performances and lots and lots of delicious, authentic Thai food. (September).

The Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA) Program supports, affirms and encourages the work of Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community stewardship groups, investing in the vibrant work being done in and by communities throughout Seattle. Grants support recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community relations and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods using arts and culture.

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

2016 Neighborhood & Community Arts and Put the Arts in Parks grants open

This fall the Office of Arts & Culture is opening the 2016 Neighborhood & Community Arts program in conjunction with a new pilot program created in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Put the Arts in Parks. Both grant programs support and encourage the vibrant cultural work being done in and by communities throughout Seattle.

Neighborhood & Community Arts grant 2016 (NCA) NCA supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that have established a track record for producing recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrates our diversity, builds community connections, and enhances the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture.

Put the Arts in Parks grant 2016 (PAP) This pilot program supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that are seeking to activate Seattle Parks with new and established festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate our diversity and build community connections through arts and culture while connecting with underserved communities. The funds for this program are contingent on the passing of the Parks District budget.

Deadline The deadline for both NCA and PAP grant programs is 11 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015.

Application and guidelines Find the guidelines for NCA here, PAP here and the application for both here. Guidelines for PAP have been translated into Mandarin, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Free Information Session Learn what makes a strong application, including information about other funding programs. This interactive question-and-answer session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. First time applicants are encouraged to attend. Please register for the session by contacting Jenny Crooks at (206) 684-7084 or e-mail at jenny.crooks@seattle.gov.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m. 2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Lake City Branch Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125

Info Jenny Crooks at (206) 684-7084 or e-mail at jenny.crooks@seattle.gov.

Image by Jenny Crooks.

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.