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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City announces new funding opportunity that links arts learning and work experiences for youth

5/29/2013  3:00:00 PM

City announces new funding opportunity that links arts learning and work experiences for youth
Work Readiness Arts deadline is Friday, June 28

SEATTLE — Today the Office of Arts & Culture announced a new funding program for youth in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) called Work Readiness Arts. The program is soliciting proposals from arts, cultural and community organizations interested in providing out-of-school programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 14 to 18. Selected projects will serve youth who have been recruited through the SYVPI program and should strongly link arts learning with development of interpersonal, leadership and 21st century skills to boost academic, vocational and workplace success. Deadline is Friday, June 28, 2013.

"Investing in our youth is one of the most important things a city can do," said director Randy Engstrom. "Work Readiness Arts demonstrates how career training can be done in our thriving arts community."

Seattle arts, cultural and community organizations of all sizes and disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate capacity to serve low-income, at-risk, and/or high-needs youth between the ages of 14 and 18, with a focus on those with little or no work experience.

All applicants are required to attend a mandatory information session to learn more about this new program and what makes a strong application and project. Contact Jenny Crooks to be notified when the workshop date and time are confirmed.

Applicants may apply for projects that take place during the summer or during a flexible time-frame between July and the end of November. Projects with 140 hours of contact time (roughly 20 hours per week for seven weeks) may apply for funding up to $25,000. Projects with fewer than 140 hours of contact time may apply for a pro-rated amount.

A link to the online application is available at The application deadline is 11 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013. For more information, contact Jenny Crooks at 206.684.7084 or

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work. We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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