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.

Arts Invests $300,000 in Seattle Youth

The Office of Arts & Culture is investing nearly $300,000 in more than 40 youth arts programs around the city through two unique funding programs, Youth Arts and Work Readiness Arts Program (WRAP).

“Every investment in our youth is an investment in our future,” says Randy Engstrom, director of the Office of Arts & Culture. “Fostering connections between our creative industries, the artistic community and our youth is what makes our city and community vibrant, vital and successful.”

Youth Arts is a funding program designed to make a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city. These programs give young people a chance to shine, express themselves and develop positive goals for the future. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Starting this year the program will reward two-year funding for selected award recipients.

Work Readiness Art Program (WRAP) in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations providing programming that links arts learning and paid work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.

Two highlights of this year’s award winners are:

  • Somali Community Services of Seattle works for the success of refugees to undergo a smooth transitional process, and attain self-sustainable status in their new country. They do that by focusing on community-based efforts including education, awareness, and safety. The program funded by Youth Arts will offer 50 teens multi-disciplinary art classes taught by artists to showcase traditional Somali art forms. The artwork will be based on Somali films and family interviews.

 

  • Sawhorse Revolution fosters confident, community-oriented youth through the power of carpentry and craft. They work with high school students of diverse backgrounds from Seattle and surrounding areas. Under the tutelage of mentors, professional builders, architects and cross-disciplinary educators they offer students a widely applicable skill set, opportunities for character development and confidence in their abilities to engage and improve their communities. The WRAP funded program will pair youth with professional artists/contractors to work as an independent contracting company tasked with creating a beautiful, mobile home for the Nickelsville community.

 

 

It’s estimated the Youth Arts 2016 funded projects will engage more than 8,000 youth in over 2,000 hours of arts training throughout the school year. WRAP projects will take place during the summer and fall of this year and serve youth in the central and south neighborhoods of Seattle who have been recruited through the SYVPI program. They will link arts learning in the areas of design, media arts, visual and public art, storytelling and traditional crafts with the development of interpersonal, leadership and 21st century skills to boost academic, vocational and workplace success.

For a complete list of funded organizations and artists, visit:

http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/default.asp

Photo credit: Somali Community Services of Seattle; Sawhorse Revolution photo 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.