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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Applications available for Youth Arts funding

12/13/2012  10:00:00 PM

Applications available for Youth Arts funding
City program supports out-of-school arts training for middle and high school youth

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting project applications for its 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. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

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 opportunities range up to $10,000 for projects that will take place between September 2013 and September 2014.

"We know that many students do not receive arts education and training during the school day, which is what makes this program so vital," said Randy Engstrom, interim director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "All students deserve access to the arts – through Youth Arts funding we are helping to close that gap."

A link to the online application is available at The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. For information or assistance in applying, contact Irene Gómez at (206) 684-7310 or

In the most recent funding cycle, spanning September 2012 to September 2013, the Youth Arts program awarded $175,000 to 34 artists, cultural organizations and community organizations serving youth. It's estimated the funded projects engaged more than 5,400 youth in about 42,400 hours of arts training throughout the city. The funded projects were chosen from a pool of 62 eligible applicants. The average award was $5,175.

Applicants can learn about the Youth Arts program at an upcoming informational workshop. Staff will also offer feedback on draft applications at a review session.

Program Overview
Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 2 to 4 p.m.
Beacon Hill Branch, The Seattle Public Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.
Learn about the program and online application, plus meet and get advice from past award recipients. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. No registration required.

Application Draft Review
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (Rainier Valley)

Schedule a 15-minute appointment to receive feedback on your draft application. Advance registration is required. Contact Irene Gomez at or (206) 684-7310. Space is limited.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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