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The Office of Arts & Culture invests more than $160,000 in individual artists’ work

 32 artist projects funded through CityArtist Projects grant for 2018

The Office of Arts & Culture is supporting 32 artists through the CityArtist Projects grant, a funding program that has invested more than $1.7 M in individual artists over the last 10 years. Funding for 2018 goes to support artists’ work in Literary (except Playwriting), Media/Film, and Visual Arts. This year 57% awards went to first time applicants.

“Art can’t happen without artists. It is vital that we invest in the people who are creating and making work in our city,” says Randy Engstrom, director the Office of Arts & Culture. “They are the creative spirit that move us and reflect back the world we live in.”

Several funded works tackle issues facing our society today including the LGBTQ movement, childhood abuse, intergenerational and mixed race exchanges, mental illness, and Native American and Black depictions in society. In addition, immersive installations, bilingual performances and new musical compositions are some of the artworks funded in this cycle of CityArtist Projects.

2017 CityArtist Projects highlights:

  • Leah L. Piepzna-Samarasinha will curate and produce a literary event with 12 queer artists with disabilities exploring the theme of disability resistance.
  • Amy Jean Enser will complete a feature documentary combining film and live stage performance based on ‘Buckaroo,’ a male revue that follows the visionaries behind the Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret club.
  • Rafael Soldi will create a new photographic installation and sculptural objects that share the artists story of immigration. There will be a public exhibit/lecture and an international online platform.

CityArtist Projects 2018 funded artists:

Ivan Arteaga, Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou, Anna Maria Campoy, Terry Crane, Alex Crozier-Jackson, Jade Solomon Curtis, Hilary Field, Robert Flor, Sarah Foster, Alice Gosti, Stephen Griggs, Kimberly Holloway, David Ingram, Leslie Law, Veronica Lee-Baik, Jill Marissa, Ricki Mason, KT Niehoff, Serene Petersen, Peggy Piacenza, Elspeth Savani, Che Sehyun, Michael Shantz, Jessie Smith, Timothy Smith-Stewart, Ilvs Strauss, John Teske, Carol Thomson, Storme Webber, Amontaine Aurore Woods.

CityArtists Projects grant funds artists to develop and present new works, supporting artists and their artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle’s diversity. Awards range from $2,000 to $8,000.

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