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.