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Funding cycle for individual artists postponed

Our office’s director, Vincent Kitch, sent this message out earlier today regarding applications for the 2012 CityArtist Projects funding cycle:

Dear colleagues,

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