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Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Announces 2024 CityArtist Grant Awardees

Cherdonna Shinatra’s DITCH performance. Photo courtesy of Jenny Peterson.

SEATTLE, October 24 — The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture is proud to announce recipients of $180,000 for the 2024 CityArtist grants. This annual grant supports Seattle-based individual creatives, cultural-makers, and curators in various stages of their careers, providing essential funding for the research, development, and presentation of new works.

For the 2024 cycle, 24 creatives working in Literary, Media/Digital/Film (including Screenwriting), and Visual Arts will receive $5,000 and $8,000 awards with two-year contracts. Awardees may use funding for various purposes, including research, salaries, supplies, equipment, publicity, and transportation. Each individual will offer a public presentation in Seattle, contributing to the city’s vibrant cultural sector throughout 2024-25.

“The CityArtist grant program plays a crucial role in sustaining and advancing the careers of individual artists and curators who are the heart of our cultural sector,” said Gülgün Kayim, Interim Director of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. “This initiative not only supports artistic endeavors but also enriches the quality of life for communities throughout the city.”

The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture is committed to supporting a diverse range of artistic and cultural expressions that reflect Seattle’s diversity of cultures, voices, and experiences.

For more information on the CityArtist grant program, please visit the CityArtist webpage.

A SAMPLE OF WHAT TO EXPECT

Karen Finneyfrock’s artistic life is punctuated by personal loss where work leaped from poetry to fiction and then resurfaced in poetry as a forum for healing, including climate change and the menopause mid-life transition that all inform the development and production of a poetry manuscript.

Filmmaker, storyteller, and musician Mindie Lind’s artwork will seek to change perceptions about adaptation, ableism, or “crip life” that is its own source of creativity.

Artist and independent curator Rafael Soldi will present a photo-media-installation exploring bilingualism, inquiry to unravel systems of power and violence that address immigration, memory, masculinity, queerness, and language in Latin America.

2024 AWARDEES

iole alessandrini, Visual

Janeé Baugher, Literary

Flora Carlile-Kovacs, Visual

Jo Cosme, Visual

Rachel Edelman, Literary

Karen Finneyfrock, Literary

Wes Hurley, Media/Film

Satpreet Kahlon, Visual

Sarah Kavage, Visual

Mischa Jakupcak, Media/Film

Britta Johnson, Media/Film

Fulgencio Lazo, Visual

Mindie Lind, Media/Film

Margie Livingston, Visual

Holly Martz, Visual

Katie Miller, Visual

Hanako O’Leary, Visual

Katherine Rhoads, Visual

Rafael Soldi, Visual

W. Scott Trimble, Visual

Brenetta Ward, Visual

Stewart Wong, Visual

Laura Wright, Visual

Chandra Wu, Visual