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SUBJECT: 33 individual artists granted funding through CityArtist program

10/21/2013  10:00:00 AM

33 individual artists granted funding through CityArtist program
Over $160,000 awarded for literary, media/film and visual arts projects

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture announces over $160,000 in awards to 33 individual artists working in literary, media/film and visual arts. Seattle's CityArtist Projects annual funding program assists Seattle artists to develop and present their work.

The program, which supports new works, works-in-progress, or works taken to the next stage in 2014, received 142 applications. Fifty-five percent of the awards will go to first-time recipients. Fifty-eight percent of the applications were from women and an equal percentage of women received funding. Awards range up to $8,000 and are anticipated to stage project presentations within a year. A peer-review panel evaluated proposals based on criteria such as artistic merit or potential, public access or impact and feasibility.

Awards for 2014 include $7,040 to Margot Quan Knight to generate and exhibit a new body of photography-based work on the theme of photography's struggle to document the unseen; $3,960 to Eroyn Franklin to complete the first three chapters of of a graphic novel-memoir exploring a year spent living in European squats; $5,720 to Jen Marlowe to complete and screen a feature-length documentary film providing an in-depth look at the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain; $5,200 to Sean Gallagher to curate and document an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary and traditional event for Native American-Alaskan cultures; $7,040 to Kay Ray to complete and screen a documentary film based on interviews of American women instrumentalists in jazz from 1920's to the 1970's; $3,200 to Yuri Kinoshita to create an illuminated, floating teahouse for open-air, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in public places; and $3,900 to David Williams to finish a manuscript for a book exploring how and why Seattle shaped its physical landscape.

For a complete list of 2014 CityArtist Projects, visit the Office of Arts & Culture website:

Funding is offered to different artistic disciplines in alternating years. In 2013, CityArtists awarded $160,000 to 31 individual artists working in dance, music and theatre arts. CityArtist Projects is part of the Office of Arts & Culture's investment in ensuring Seattle residents have access to a wide variety of arts and cultural opportunities.

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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