Arts in Parks Program
The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation (PARKS) to increase arts and community events in parks throughout the city. The Arts in Parks Program (AIP) is an opportunity for the city to invest in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.
The Put the Arts in Parks 2016 brochure is now available and includes an exciting summer of events funded by the program in its pilot year.
Eligibility and Requirements
The Applicant must:
- be an individual artist, neighborhood arts council or local community-based group. Organizations and individual artists representing underserved communities including low-income, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply.
- have a Federal Tax ID number and be based in the city of Seattle. Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent.
The Project must:
- have a significant arts and culture component,
- be free and open to the public,
- have insurance,
- provide a platform for under-represented artists and communities,
- adhere to PARKS mission statement (see below),
- and take place in a city of Seattle park between April and December 2017.
- (see attached list of preferred parks on page 4).
- Events taking place in Downtown or City Center Parks are NOT eligible for this funding. Please see this list of downtown parks on page 5
Seattle Parks and Recreation Mission statement: Seattle Parks and Recreation provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land.
You may submit only one application per year to this program. Eligible groups may submit applications for distinct projects to both AIP and Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) as long as the projects meet the respective guidelines and eligibility. If a single project qualifies for both AIP and NCA funding the application can be submitted for both programs but will only receive funding from one (not both programs).
Funded organizations will receive one (1) year of AIP funding support (for events in 2017) to go towards: artist fees, marketing and promotional fees, project management and personnel costs, supplies, equipment rentals or other production-related costs, required permits (see permit document) and no more than 10% for food related costs. Funds may not be used for fundraising, gifts, organizational administrative costs not directly related to the project or the purchase of equipment. There is no partial funding for this program. Applicants can apply for the following levels of funding. Only groups with a demonstrated history of producing events can apply for funding at $2,400 level and above:
- $1,200 (Requires no track record for event production.)
This grant will not fund
- fundraising efforts;
- organizations administrative costs not directly related to the project;
- purchase of equipment or software;
- food related costs above the allowable 10%.
Goals of the Arts in Parks Program (AIP) are to support and increase the presence of art in public spaces, specifically in neighborhood public parks, to increase engagement of historically under-served communities in the program, and to support and increase the number of positive, family-friendly events that build community, celebrate diversity, and promote arts and cultural participation. Proposals submitted to the program will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Quality of Project: Clear, well-conceived, authentic relationship to the community, promotes arts participation and community relations.
- Community Impact: Project plan describes meaningful efforts to create community participation and reach diverse and underserved audiences. Organizations and individual artists representing underserved communities including low-income, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply.
- Feasibility: The organization/individual has a proven track record of presenting this and/or other event(s) and/or demonstrated ability to produce the event (if applying for $2,400 or more); evidence of community involvement and support; and clear realistic budget for the event.
- Highlighted Parks: Priority will be given to projects that take place in one or more of the preferred parks identified in the list on page 3, which may particularly benefit from increased use by the public.
What am I eligible for?
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Want to get the word out about your arts or cultural event or exhibit? Here are some tips on sending out information to the public and local media.
Step 1. Gather all the details: who, what, where, when and why.
Step 2. Gather graphics for publicity. Gather photos, create a logo if necessary, work with a designer on the look and any printed materials.
Step 3. Write a press release and/or prepare a press kit and send to the media.
The Press Release
Press releases inform the media about your event and can inspire the media to publish a calendar listing or even cover the event. Click here for a description and example of the anatomy of a press release.
- Try to let the media know what makes your event unique or relevant.
- Be genuine. Exaggeration or inaccuracy will only hurt your chances of being a reliable media source. The more a press release reads like an actual news article, the better. Many smaller publications love releases they can print verbatim.
- Press releases should look professional and be easy to read. Type double-spaced.
- Make sure the organization's name, address, website and contact information is visible.
- Include the media contact's name, direct phone line and e-mail address near the top of the first page.
- Include a "pull date" (the last date of the event) near the top of the first page.
- Include a headline that summarizes the event and invites people to read the details.
- All the most pertinent information should be included in the first paragraph - the five W's. Who is presenting what, where and when? Why should people attend? Include information on how people can attend or buy tickets, locations of ticket venues or website, e-mail and/or box office phone-line information.
- Additional paragraphs can provide more descriptive information about the event, artists involved and quotes.
- Use your mission statement or general description of the organization at the end of the press release.
- If the press release is longer than one page, write "-More-" at the bottom of each page. At the end of the last page, include "# # #" to indicate the end of the release.
The Press Kit
Press kits provide useful background information for members of the press writing previews or reviews of your arts or cultural event. A press kit should be organized in a folder and generally includes:
1) Organization Information (front to back on the left side of the folder)
- Mission statement
- Brief organizational history
- Organizational brochure
- Feature articles on the organization or lead staff
- Board list
- Business card for media contact
2) Specific Event Information (front to back on the right side of the folder)
- Press release for the event
- Photos or artwork related to the event
- Event postcard or flyer
- Event program
- Artists' bios, if not in the program
- Preview articles about the event
Note: Do not include reviews of the event or previous events in the press packet. Most reviewers do not want to be influenced by the opinions of others.
There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:
- City of Seattle
- Craig's List
You must be an individual or organizational member of Theatre Puget Sound to post listings.
Presented by Seattle's destination marketing organization.
Daily and weekly papers
Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.
- International Examiner - Contact
- Northwest Asian Weekly - Contact
- Pacific Publishing's papers serve the University District, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wedgewood, Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park, Broadmoor, Washington Park, Madrona, Madison Valley, Leschi, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, South Hill, International District and Kirkland. Contact
- Robinson News publishes Ballard News Tribune, West Seattle Herald, White Center News, The Highline Times
Most radio stations accept a written public service announcement (PSA). Some will take a pre-recorded PSA. Check the website of the radio station you think best matches your audience. Many stations belong to the Puget Sound Broadcasters Association or Washington State Association of Broadcasters . Both organizations list links to their members.
Local television stations are:
The Put the Arts in Parks 2016 brochure is now available and includes an exciting summer of events funded by the program in its pilot year.
2016 Put the Arts in Parks Partners
Zulu Park Jams
Zulu Park Jams celebrates the diversity of our many communities. The summer program consists of DJs bands, performances, dance showcases, live art, live production and interactive arts and games.
African Village Experience
An African Village setting at Pratt Park with participants engaged in traditional African dancing, singing, drumming, masks and drum making. Participants will explore traditional African foods, cloth, artwork design and how the entire experience relates to our current societal culture which links all of us in America to Africa.
Park in the Heart
A caravan tent will be set-up for several Saturdays during the summer at Ballard Commons Park to give art classes to kids exploring nature themes, recycle art, painting, and lessons in technique.
A one-day music and arts festival in Judkins Park produced and curated by female-identifying and non-binary individuals. TUFFEST seeks to empower women, women of color, and non-binary individuals through workshops, installation art, and electronic music as outlets for social change and building community.
Central Area Community Festival
An event at Garfield Playfield that shares art, culture and educational information that raises awareness around issues that affect the Central Area community. The festival is an event under the Seattle summer sun filled with music to charm the soul, food to pleasure the taste buds, and fun to delight the spirit.
All 4 1 ARTpalooza
All 4 1 ARTpalooza is a summer festival with visual art and music. Local visual artists will display their work and musicians and dancers will perform on the All 4 1 ARTpalooza Stage at Martin Luther King Memorial Park.
South Park Pride 2016
A community celebration that brings a family friendly LGBTQ Pride festivity to the community of South Park, at the Duwamish Waterway Park. It engages community artists, including musicians, drag performers and others in an afternoon of entertainment and also information sharing with a variety of community groups.
The Art & Culture of Lucha Libre
A festival at Duwamish Waterway Park to celebrate, educate and participate in the Mexican tradition of Lucha Libre whose fan base is second only to soccer (futbol) fans with a live Lucha Libre exhibition.
Eritrean Independence Day Celebration
A family-friendly event at Volunteer Park celebrating the arts and culture of Eritrea. The event will feature Eritrean singers and musicians, local Eritrean children and youth performing traditional dances, poetry readings, dramatic interpretations, and a showcase of visual arts.
Zapateo: Punto con tacon
This outdoor arts event at Mineral Springs Park provides an afternoon of performance, and interactive workshops focusing on rhythms in movement, instruments, and words to celebrate Hispanic art and performance with particular focus on the percussive footwork characteristic of Spanish, Afroperuvian, and Mexican dance.
First Hill Park Comes Alive with Music
Musicians will play in First Hill Park three days a week From May to September to activate the park during lunch and afternoon hours for the local community who work and and live in the neighborhood.
The Delridge Community Center Park's "Day of Dance 2016"
A cross-cultural arts festival featuring traditional artists, music, dance classes and vendors from West and East Africa at Delridge Playfield. The event will close with performances from featured artists of the day in an immersion of cross-cultural audience participation and experience.
Luminata Lantern Walk
A night-time lantern processional around Green Lake that marks the changing season from summer to fall, with artist-made luminaries and lighted art installations along the path way. The event culminates six-weeks of open lantern making workshops at the headquarters of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC).
Backyard Bard brings free, abbreviated performances to smaller parks in the Seattle area. Two, one-hour long shows, both played by the same four actors, will tour multiple neighborhood parks.
A day-long, family-friendly festival of live music, dance, and costumes from Oaxaca, Mexico to take place at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Walkway Park.
Jyun Jyun Show
A cultural event celebrating ancestry and heritage through multi-media, interactive performances and storytelling. Artists will perform original music with live projected animation, shadow dancing and puppetry. Community is engaged through building a group altar, traditional craft making, and an invocation led by local youth and the Duwamish Tribe.
Inspired Child presents Love Power and Purpose
An eight week program at Judkins Park, which will include a a tap dance workshop, poetry/spoken word workshop and a daily art project. The program will culminate in an end of summer performance and the self-publishing of a book featuring poetry and photographs of participants art work and tap dance routine.
Jim Page and Friends-Everybody Band Sing Along!
Singer and songwriter, Jim Page and selected presenters will lead an all-ages sing and play along presentations at Ballard Commons Park on Saturday afternoons between June and September 2016. The public will be invited to bring instruments and their voices to participate for free.
Music in the Mini Park
A summer weekly concert series at Lake City Way Mini Park featuring and encouraging dance. The concerts will draw from different ethnic cultures for each event featuring dance and food that will acommpany the music/dance origins.
Community-Building Through Fence Art in Beer Shiva
South Shore School's 6th graders will work with lead artist Jennifer Bennett to create hanging tapestries of flowers and leaves to cover fence panels that divide Beer Shiva Park and Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. This site-specific piece will be made from recycled materials. The installation, park tours, and native plant identification will be open to the community.
Make Music Seattle Day
Curated concerts in 20 Seattle parks as a part of the Make Music Day on the 2016 summer solstice. The concerts are free and open to all ages and genres of music and will activate Seattle parks with a new festival that promotes music, celebrates diversity, and builds community connections.
Listening to Open Space
Members of the Seattle Phonographers Union will perform free concerts in three different parks, using only sounds previously collected in the parks. In conjunction with these live concerts, group members will engage with local communities by offering a series of free guided Silent Soundwalk workshops before each concert.
Jimi in the Park
An event to celebrate the re-opening of Jimi Hendrix Park with an outdoor concert featuring local musicians that have been inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix.
Othello Park Summer Dance Camp
A free five week Summer Dance Camp at Othello Park which will include Tap, African, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Toddler Hip Hop (provider and children up to age 5) and will culminate in performances at Othello Park's International Music and Arts Festival and the Seattle Police Community Picnic.
Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival
A free, one day festival held in Othello Park that features a dynamic entertainment line-up of performing and visual artists that highlight southeast Seattle's diverse styles and cultures while providing opportunities for community to come together.
Summer Screening with Filmmakers Q&A
An outdoor summer screening at Delridge Park. Work created by youth in Reel Grrls media programs along with short films created by several local filmmakers, will be screened. Interactive tables with basic media production instruction, including storyboarding workshops and shot composition handouts will allow attendees to learn about film-making.
"BRAZIL IN THE PARKS!!"
Brazil in the Parks!! is a brand new event in Seattle aiming to highlight the beauty of the Brazilian culture with food, workshops and hands-on activities. This event will preceed Seattle Center Festal's BrasilFest.
An outdoor version of The World's Quickest Theater Festival to take place at Salmon Bay Park. Seven writers, seven directors, 26 actors, seven designers and seven musicians will create 14 original plays over 48 hours: writing, casting, rehearsing, designing, scoring, then performing each evening of the festival.
Community Kites at Freeway Park*
A temporary public art program that invites park visitors to paint their own weather-proof kites, which are then hung throughout Freeway Park from August through October.
South Seattle Queer and Trans Community Arts Festival
An outdoor community festival, featuring music, visual art, performance, and community outreach in the John C. Little Park. This pop-up show will focus on queer and trans visibility in southeast Seattle.
A bilingual multi-disciplinary production of Blood Wedding, by Federico Garcia Lorca to be offered in multiple parks with both Spanish and English speaking communities.
Umoja Fest 2016
An African heritage festival Judkin's Park. The festival and parade celebrate the culture, arts, history and countless contributions of people of the African Diaspora.
Summer Music Program
University Heights Center will produce a Summer Music Series on Saturdays during the bustling U District Farmers Market focused on world music and the University Heights Open Space Park.
Current Grants for Organizations
Have/Need Rental Space
More Grant/Funding Opportunities
Seeking curatorial team to create content for outdoor eco-art exhibition at Carkeek Park. $1,800 honorarium
Grants up to $8,500 to artists and art groups in King County.
The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation’s theatre enrichment work fosters the art form by expanding access to inspiring productions and immersive educational experiences. We support socially-charged theatre productions, which we define as excellent artistic content that promotes dialogue around relevant social issues. We recognize theatre’s power to address pertinent, provocative issues and to engage individuals and communities. We support theatres with outreach and audience engagement strategies that welcome new and underrepresented audiences. Those strategies have included pre-performance audience guides, post-performance discussions with special guests, lobby displays that showcase components of the plot, and/or unique civic partnerships with entities like the police department, housing authority, or public library that highlight the production’s relevance in the community. The Foundation welcomes applications for any musical or play that tackles social issues in an innovative, inspiring, and educational manner.
This free workshop will cover where to find events, what to look for when choosing an event, and how to prepare applications and photos that impress juries. Plus, get tips on pre-show prep, equipment, and more.
This workshop will cover how to lay the groundwork for a great festival using social media & word of mouth to market your events, effective booth set-up & display, and proper equipment prep (money, packaging, emergencies).
This workshop will cover telling your story, learning to listen, and artist etiquette in the arts festival environment.
The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2016 round of the Puget Sound Initiative: a funding opportunity for small to mid-sized dance and theatre organizations located in Western Washington, Central Washington, and the Greater Portland area.