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

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture 2016 grant schedule

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is investing over $1M in cultural program grants in 2016. These grants 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. For more information about our grants visit http://www.seattle.gov/arts/grants

Grant and application opening dates for 2016

Work Readiness Arts Program 2016, application dates February 16 – March 31
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.

CityArtist Projects 2017, application dates May 25 – July 20
Provides funding for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The 2017 cycle will award grants to artists working in dance/choreography, music/composition and theater/performance/scriptwriting.

Cultural Facilities 2016-17, application dates June 20 – September 1
Supports Seattle-based arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation or new facility projects.

Neighborhood & Community Arts 2016, application dates August 16 – October 19
Supports Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.

smART Ventures 2016, application dates ongoing
Provides support ranging from $500 to $1,000, to individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs.

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.