The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting project applications for our Youth Arts program. The program supports arts training opportunities for Seattle’s middle and high school youth outside of school hours in a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual and literary arts, theater, music, dance and film.
Individual teaching artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are eligible to apply. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Funding awards may range up to $10,000 for projects that will take place between September 2012 and September 2013.
“Arts training provides positive outlets, encourages creative expression and helps our young people succeed in learning and in life,” said Vincent Kitch, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education and play an important role in developing the next generation of engaged leaders.”
The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. For more information and to access the online application, click here.
Applicants can learn more about the Youth Arts program at an upcoming informational workshop, Monday, Jan. 9. Staff will also offer feedback on draft applications at two review sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 30.
CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. The 2012 funding cycle will award grants to individual artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. Priority will be given to quality art projects that focus on public benefit defined as community impact and access.
Artists can apply for set award amounts of either $2,000 or $4,000. Public presentation of projects must take place between May and December 2012.
Our director Vincent Kitch talks about art adventures and budget. The 2012 CityArtist Projects funding program for individual artists is now open. Learn about our Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) funding program. We’re seeking two artists to create semi-permanent, site-specific installations for Seattle City Light’s North and South Service Centers. Stokley Towles’ does a free, one-man performance, Stormwater: Life in the Gutter.
Read these stories and more in the October eNews.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting applications from Seattle-based individual artists working in the visual, literary and media arts for the 2012 CityArtist Projects program.
CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years.
Priority will be given to quality art projects that focus on public benefit defined as community impact and access. Projects will be rated on their ability to address at least one of these four elements: engage new audiences, develop partnerships, create access through education and public awareness opportunities and/or present in non-traditional venues.
Artists can apply for set awards of either $2,000 or $4,000. Projects must be presented between May and December 2012 and include a public presentation.
Link to the online application here. The application deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1. Staff will host a series of drop-in draft review sessions in October. For more information, contact Irene Gómez, (206) 684-7310.
Seattle is flush with festivals and offers an extraordinary array of arts and cultural events throughout its diverse neighborhoods.
Community groups planning a neighborhood arts or cultural event in 2012 can apply for funding through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Neighborhood & Community Arts program. Funded organizations receive $1,200 each to support annual public festivals and events. Link to the online application here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Pick up some pointers on putting together a successful application at an information session, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way. RSVP to Paul Rucker, (206) 684-7084, by Friday, Sept. 30.
In 2011, the funding program provided $1,200 each to 40 organizations to support annual public festivals and events, including the Moisture Festival, World Rhythm Festival concert and the Hmong New Year.
Our office’s director, Vincent Kitch, sent this message out earlier today regarding applications for the 2012 CityArtist Projects funding cycle:
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs had intended to open applications for the 2012 CityArtist Projects program this week. However, due to uncertainty regarding the city of Seattle’s 2012 budget, we have decided to postpone opening applications for the program, which provides funding for individual Seattle-based artists to develop and present their work.
CityArtists invests in different disciplines in alternating years. The 2012 cycle would award grants to artists working in the visual, literary and media arts.
We expect to know more this fall when the city’s 2012 budget is approved. As you know, these are challenging economic times for artists, arts and cultural organizations and for city government as well.
Being sensitive to the amount of time, energy, and resources an application for funding can take, we felt it best to not have artists submit formal applications until we have a better understanding of the size and scope of the funding that may be available for this program.
In the meantime, we plan to present a free workshop tailored to individual artists with information on other funding opportunities and tips for presenting and promoting your work. Stay tuned for details. I also encourage you to sign up for our monthly eNews to receive timely updates and information about our funding programs. For information about the CityArtist Projects program, contact Project Manager Irene Gómez, 684-7310.
Individual artists are the heartbeat of a creative community, and we remain committed to nourishing your work. Thank you for your patience and all you do to contribute to Seattle’s creative spirit.
Vincent E. Kitch
Forty immigrant teens will produce a film, write poetry and create comic books based on their lives, thanks in part to a $3,000 award to the Filipino Community Center. With a $5,000 award, Jack Straw Foundation will engage teens with chronic and critical health needs in the creation of new audio works using accessible technology. Three Dollar Bill Cinema will receive $5,000 to lead LGBTQ youth in the production of short films expressing their identity. And 10 Rainier Beach teens will create a mosaic art installation for the Lake Washington Apartment Community Garden, the result of a $4,500 award to SouthEast Effective Development.
It’s estimated the projects will engage more than 7,200 young people in about 30,000 hours of arts training throughout the city from September 2011 to September 2012. The funded projects were chosen by a peer-review panel from a pool of 75 eligible applicants. The average award is $3,676.
“The Youth Arts program creates pathways for young people in Seattle to succeed,” said Vincent Kitch, director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “Arts training gives young people a chance to become creative critical thinkers, to express themselves and to develop positive goals for the future while connecting with their communities and other cultures in a creative way.”
An annual funding program, Youth Arts offers awards of up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead training in all arts disciplines, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced $695,000 in grants to 22 Seattle arts groups for fiscal year 2011.
Among the local recipients: The 5th Avenue Theatre ($60,000 to support a production of Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!); Artist Trust ($30,000 to support career training and resources to artists throughout Washington state); Arts Corps ($55,000 to support the Teen Artist Program, which provides Seattle-area youth afterschool advanced arts classes); Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas ($20,000 to support a performing arts series featuring African American artists); 4Culture ($35,000 for the Site-Specific program, which supports the creation and presentation of visual and performance art in non-traditional settings throughout King County); Freehold Theatre ($20,000 to support a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles that will tour to culturally underserved communities); Seattle Symphony Orchestra ($50,000 to support ACCESS, an outreach performance and education program for underserved communities).
See the full list of funded Washington state arts organizations on the NEA’s website. In all, the NEA invested more than $88 million awarded through 1,145 grants to not-for-profit, national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide. The Washington State Arts Commission received $891,200 through the NEA’s partnership grants, which supports state and regional arts organizations.
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.”
We’re accepting applications for the city’s Civic Partners funding program for 2012-2013. Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations and arts-service organizations of all sizes and disciplines with a not-for-profit business structure (does not have to have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status) and a minimum three-year history of continuous programming serving Seattle residents and visitors are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Wednesday, June 8.
Click here to preview the guidelines and for a link to the online application.
The two-year funding program promotes a healthy and diverse arts and cultural community and supports organizations’ core program goals. Funding awards underwrite public access to a rich variety of arts and cultural opportunities and help recipients attract other supporters.
Organizations interested in applying may attend an information session, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12 at the Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch. Free hands-on computer labs to help familiarize applicants with the online grant application will be held 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Seattle Municipal Tower. We especially encourage first-time applicants to attend the information session and a computer lab. Please register in advance for the computer lab. No advance registration is needed for the information session.