This week, 33 artists around Seattle that work in literary, media/film and visual arts received over $160,000 collectively in awards through the CityArtist Projects annual funding program.
The awards support new works, works-in-progress, or works taken to the next stage, and is anticipated to stage project presentations within a year. A peer-review panel evaluated proposals based on criteria such as artistic merit or potential, public access or impact and feasibility.
Out of the 142 applications received, fifty-five percent of the awards will go to first-time recipients. Fifty-eight percent of the applications were from women and an equal percentage of women received funding.
A broad range of projects and artists were selected, including:
$7,040 to Margot Quan Knight to generate and exhibit a new body of photography-based work on the theme of photography’s struggle to document the unseen;
$3,960 to Eroyn Franklin to complete the first three chapters of of a graphic novel-memoir exploring a year spent living in European squats;
$5,720 to Jen Marlowe to complete and screen a feature-length documentary film providing an in-depth look at the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain;
$5,200 to Sean Gallagher to curate and document an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary and traditional event for Native American-Alaskan cultures;
$7,040 to Kay Ray to complete and screen a documentary film based on interviews of American women instrumentalists in jazz from 1920’s to the 1970’s;
$3,200 to Yuri Kinoshita to create an illuminated, floating teahouse for open-air, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in public places;
and $3,900 to David Williams to finish a manuscript for a book exploring how and why Seattle shaped its physical landscape.
For a complete list of 2014 CityArtist Projects, visit the Office of Arts & Culture website: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/individual_partners.asp
Congratulations to all the 2014 winners!