CityArtist Projects grant
Individual artists are the core of a creative community. The CityArtist Projects supports individual artists and curators residing in Seattle to develop and present their work. This funding program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years. Priority is given to projects with clear public access as community impact and benefit. We encourage a broad range of artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle's diversity.
- Film production/New Media
Traditional or multi-disciplinary projects are welcome, but must include one of the primary disciplines for the application year.
Cycle will be open to dance, music and theater (including scriptwriting).
To be eligible, the APPLICANT must
- be a professional artist (defined as a person who produces art on a regular basis, is at an established, mid-career or emerging level, established level must have achieved substantial skill and experience in his/her discipline where accomplishments are recognized nationally);
- be a Seattle resident or have a permanent studio/rehearsal space within Seattle city limits where you receive mail (NOT a P.O. Box);
- be at least 18 years of age by the application deadline, and NOT be a high school, an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any degree program related to your artistic profession;
- be an individual artist who is the originator or curator of the proposed project;
- be the lead artist of a team of artists working together on a single project or with a limited collaborative history; or
- be the lead artist of an arts organization who can distinguish the proposed project clearly from the ongoing/seasonal work of the organization.
Requests/Awards range up to $8,000.
Funding may be used for
- Salaries and fees
- Supplies and materials
- Equipment or space rental
- Insurance, licenses, permits
Funding cannot be used for
- organizations (Lead artist of an organization must distinguish proposed project from organization work.);
- purchase of equipment, software or food;
- recipients of the 2015 CityArtist Projects program, artists who have not completed any previously-funded CityArtist Project; other program contracts at the time of application;
- fundraising or benefit events/presentations or religious services and
- government-run programs, degree-granting institutions or religious services.
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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 2014 cycle of CityArtists were awarded over $160,000 to 33 individual artists working in literary, media/film and visual arts. 55% percent of the artists funded are first-time recipients. A peer-review panel evaluates proposals based on criteria such as artistic merit or potential, public access or impact and feasibility where budget reflects project.
2016 CityArists Projects
Lena: Novel-in-Poems: Producing a hybrid novel-in-poems chronicling the life of a daughter of immigrants. Reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle's waterfront. The project closes with a public reading.
Reimageing Belonging - Northwest Stories: Filming interviews with Seattle residents about migration, racism and belonging through two workshops as part of a larger-scale venture with WINGS and ROOTS. The edited videos will be showcased at a live event where attendees will be invited to share stories.
The Great Northern: Designing and creating a nearly full-sized train tunnel within MAD Art space in South Lake Union. The sculpture will be a rendering of the Great Northern train tunnel incorporating light and sound to fully immerse the audience.
Ballast: Finalizing a book-length poem about the only successful American slave revolt in 1841. Using invented forms based on the 19th century secondary slave market, Baker will explore the manifold realities of the men and women present on the brig Creole, where the 1841 revolt took place.
A Rendering: Finalizing a 30-minute dance film in two parts generated with sound artist Jason E. Anderson for a premiere at the Northwest Film Forum in fall 2016.
Being with the River: Creating a public installation including sound and images collected from contemplative paddling events on the Duwamish River. Visitors are encouraged to create rocks from clean river sediment and clay to be accumulated and used as a marker by the river.
Spires: A project exploring forest fire land as a tableau for photographs and sculptures while considering human relationships to natural disasters and the potential for rebirth.
The Underground Life of Piero Heliczer, a documentary film and multimedia experience: Presenting a work in progress of the documentary film and a display of Piero Heliczer's original works in letterpress printing and poetry. Original photographs including Andy Warhol's Factory and the first film shoot featuring the Velvet Underground will also be displayed.
Anybody's Animal: Completing a poetry manuscript-in-progress and presenting it at a public reading as part of a writing class for children.
The Year We Ruined the House: Revising the author's third young adult novel and working with four teenage novelists providing them personal manuscript consultations on their own novels. Everyone's work will be presented at a public reading.
Girl on a Road: Finalizing a storyboard for a full-length graphic novel and sample chapter of a book exploring female friendship, loss and life on the road. A young adult workshop and a public reading will close the project.
I would rather sit here and watch you have fun: is an interactive installation co-designed with artist Sam Wildman that engages a diverse public while challenging the features that differentiate artist from audience. Collaboration and participation will engage the audience prompting questions about the role of family and performance in our lives.
Generating a new body of work using copper, mixed media sculptures, interactive installations and one community based piece. The public will be invited to participate in neighborhood events, culminating in an exhibition at Traver Gallery and in South Park.
Leviathan' Interactive Installation: Developing and fabricating a new interactive sculpture installed in the water tower of Volunteer Park. The audience is encouraged to engage in dialogue about cultural myths and monsters.
Feeding Ghosts: The Life of Sun Yi: Creating a research outline for a non-fiction graphic novel exploring themes of cultural identity, mental illness, generational inheritance, loss of language and mixed-race identity based on the life and legacy of author's grandmother, Sun Yi. A panel will be held to discuss themes from the graphic novel.
Capitol Hill Season 2: Completing the remaining eight scenes of the second season of a queer web series parodying 1970s and 1980s TV shows based in Capitol Hill. A public screening will premiere the series.
Clock that Mug: Live creation of a new painting drawing from vintage feminist ideals and questioning present day queer/drag feminism. Clock that Mug pays homage to feminist performers Janine Antoni and Ana Mendieta who focused on the body as a canvas for social change and rebellion.
Rippling Water, 2016: Create, fabricate, install and uninstall a new kinetic sculpture exploring natural metaphors, focusing viewers on the relationship between visual effects. The sculpture will be on display at the Heaven and Earth outdoor sculpture exhibition at Carkeek Park. The park will be restored to its original condition after the five month long exhibition.
International Children’s Day exhibit and celebration: will feature 10 new acrylics on canvas with themes based on the joy and fun of childhood to be on display at Casa Latina. The project will also include a one-day celebration for International Children's Day with tours, a bilingual (Spanish/English) artist talk and a hands-on art activity for children and adults.
City of Faces: Human and Non-Human Community Building in Rainier Valley: Build community and deter youth violence by constructing an outdoor hanging wall of cast human face bird houses. 30 local youths will participate by getting their faces cast and turned into birdhouses.
Demolishing Richard Hugo: Researching and creating first-person narrative for pre-production of a documentary film about the demolition of the current Richard Hugo House building. This will show building as a case study for the ‘erasure’ of old arts and cultural venues. A public screening event will be offered.
When I Find You: Completing a draft of a novel in progress exploring different stratas of violence, from domestic to global, from personal experience to ancestral memory. Passages will be presented in a collaborative reading centered around the theme of "Cultural Memory".
Naked City: Finishing the first draft of a manuscript of autobiographical short stories about growing up in the closet, highlighting moments including cross-country hitch hiking, crash landing in Seattle and more. There will be a public reading of the manuscript.
Light Gathers in Folds: Fabrication of a form of light architecture revolving around the movement of reflected and refracted light, a site-specific installation in Chinatown-International District's Nihonmachi Alley.
Casting Shadows: is a multi-sensory installation piece comprising of approximately seven video comics portraying stories of people with disability and chronic illness. Each short video will be projected onto various surfaces within the exhibition space, feature pen/ink illustrations with text captions, and a soundscape. The exhibition will take place in a variety of venues.
Untitled: Build and dismantle an immersive visual art installation to create an interactive sculpture that hosts three heightened performances. Inspired by memory and the maps our brains create to house thought, the installation will fill an entire gallery for three and a half months.
2155: An Afro futurist Affair: Exploring what it means to envision the future through the eyes of People of Color through performing arts and a reading highlighting local artists' interactions with the idea of the African American aesthetic in the future. The multidisciplinary show will be staged at Gay City Arts.
A Taste of Home: Completing shooting and post-production of a feature length documentary tracing 100 years of Seattle Chinatown ID's immigrant history through five signature heritage dishes, served by five of the oldest Chinese American family food establishments. Public screenings planned.
Big Sonia: Finishing a feature documentary about 89 year-old Sonia Warshawski the larger than life seamstress, Polish immigrant, only Holocaust survivor in Kansas City and local celebrity. A public screening will include educational discussions.
Paper-son Poet: Finishing and publish a memoir in a multi-genre format of poetry, short-fiction, creative nonfiction and straight memoir for four generations of a Chinese immigrant family in Seattle's International District where the author has lived for 25 years. Four public readings will take place.
2015 CityArists Projects
Compose, perform new music for jazz orchestra that incorporates elements of classical, jazz and Brazilian traditions including an educational component.
Create and present new music/sound score incorporating the almost lost art of katsudo benshi (live film narration) for the classic Japanese silent film "A Story of Floating Weeds."
Rehearse and stage the play "Fireface" in a domestic residence or a neglected industrial or commercial space with bused-in audiences with actors and audience in close proximity.
Develop and present new body of solo and group choreographic work exhibiting styles from both East (Zimbabwe/So Africa) and West (Togo/Benin) Africa for two public performances.
Produce new bilingual ASL/English play about the intersection of hearing and Deaf culture and the controversy over cochlear implants featuring a mixed ensemble of Deaf and hearing actors.
Create and produce a multidisciplinary work including performance and sound design and exploring death via the transitional world and the living world.
Complete and present an evening length contemporary circus show with director KT Niehoff inspired by The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges.
Five performers present demonstrations and concerts exploring music along the Silk Road with cultural and historical context for the music including presentations or workshops to public school students and the general public.
Collaborate with eight West Coast composers and compose new pieces with field recordings while on a walking trek of the Pacific Coast Trail. The work will culminate with performances and school workshops.
Generate songs for a new Rock Opera with local composer and perform selections at a Duwamish River festival.
Develop a five hour-long live performance that questions identity, community and where art belongs, and challenges the canonic boundaries of dance and that brings politics and history into the foreground.
Commission a 45-minute program of narration with composed and improvised jazz music to be performed at the site of one sculpture by James Washington.
Compose, record and mix a musical score for "With Wings and Roots," a feature length documentary about immigration and belonging, with a screening event of the finished film.
Create and present a new solo-group quartet dance work based loosely on a discarded sheet of calculus problems as a visual blueprint for intricately patterned movement for premiere performances.
Compose new music for piano, voice and cello for two public performances and a studio recording.
Complete a new 15-minute piece in three movements for full orchestra with an improvising soloist to be performed by the Seattle Symphony based on three poems by Richard Hugo.
Develop and record stories of challenging experiences of 10 women of different ages and backgrounds. Closes with a draft script and recording.
Compose, produce and present a new recording and create new student ensemble focusing on free-improvisation.
Complete recording of a voice-on-voice performance of classical and contemporary Persian poetry, lecture, and song-melody from mystical literature with four artists.
Development and design of an online interactive experience of a multi-faceted website combining original music, photos, writings, and historic recordings with a 'Meet the Artist' event to discuss the work.
Pushing past performance category traditions, development and performance comes second in a triptych of gender-bending modern dance/drag solos exploring existential crisis. A journey to find peace in the unknown.
Present a nine-artist participatory Garden Party Theatre parading wearable art with large public feast where gowns are given to young women for proms.
Complete, rehearse, and present an evening-length performance incorporating multiple performers, objects, live video and original music. Work is inspired by conspiracy theories and explores how we as viewers and as humans process information.
The Temporal Nature of Stability is a minimalist symphony depicting the Chernobyl Disaster. Using modified electric guitars, acoustic instruments and organs, the music will illustrate the inclination toward patchwork solutions often applied to problems created by technological advancements.
Record a soundtrack for an animated musical documentary film, the true story of a charismatic LSD-loving leader of a controversial Buddhist sect centered in Seattle in the 1970's, closing with a public screening.
Compose and present new music for orchestra with girls’ choir addressing pressures girls face from popular culture and society today from their own perspectives.
Produce a bilingual Peruvian holiday of De Inga y Mandinga exploring mixed ethnic-cultural heritage from an Afro-Peruvian perspective. Remount version invites a new partner, the Sound of the Northwest with Negro Spirituals, for a public performance.
Create a 3-show performance series exploring original and experimental musical composition in a visceral environment with visual art works.
Create and present a new, evening-length choreographic work with an original Sacred Harp score in Southern Baptist a capella traditon. It will take place in an environment immersing audience in cacophony of song and dance.
Develop and present 8 new, solos for an evening-length dance works designed for experimentation. Work will be taken apart, transposed from stage to site-specific locations and reassembled in new orders.
Collaborate and create a cross-cultural performance with Indonesian director Rachman Sabur of the Black Umbrella Theater exploring birth, re-birth, trauma and near death experiences through physical theater, storytelling and puppetry.
Create, record and premiere new music for a small jazz group and electronics based on the poetry of Sylvia Plath's book Ariel with lecture and demonstrations.
Commission and perform five new works for flute and up to five other instruments.
Present a solo performance piece exploring the social and physical landscape of the Metro bus based on interview excerpts with transit drivers and observations of daily life on the bus.
Develop and perform a 20-minute choreographic-dance performance examining the effect of accidents on people, communities and their futures with 11 artists via interviews and research of past incidents with common themes.
Create a site-specific, cross-sector and multidisciplinary performance including imaging studies of brain activity that explores the experience of being 'in synch' with another, or 'withing.'
Recreate and perform a children's theatrical work, the practice of 'el contador de cuentos', the storyteller of ancient Latin American children stories and songs, by two actors in Spanish. Rehearsals will close with two public performances.
2014 CityArists Projects
Research and production of a manuscript of new and edited poems that generates an illustrated chapbook. A high school reading of selected pieces will be accompanied by musicians at the Massive Monkee headquarters.
Complete feature-length documentary film about a Vietnam War reenactment. Searching for solace from the ghosts of their own wars, a platoon of veterans head into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to recreate some of the darkest days of American history. A public screening will be offered.
Complete first two chapters of the Cafe Nordo Cookbook, an interactive multi-media cookbook and compendium of the science, history, and philosophy of food based on previous shows. Chapters will be accessible via free download, and presented at farmers markets.
Complete a partial feature-length adventure in episodic format for both big screen and download. The film will include live action as well as animated effects and title sequences.
Complete writing a young adult novel: a fictionalized account of the author's senior year in high school while facing repercussions of a friend's lies. Culminating with a reading and lecture at Nathan Hale High School.
Complete first three chapters of of a graphic novel-memoir exploring a year spent living in European squats that culminates with a comic workshop plus public reading.
Create daily fairy-tale narratives based on worldwide stories in a public window theater that explores working with removable materials at a storefront and workshop at The Vera Project.
Curate and document an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary and traditional event for Native American-Alaskan cultures in and alongside a newly created Umiak that illustrates the importance of community sharing with an exhibit, film, dance and gift-giving.
Write and self-publish a collection of narrative essays surrounding what happens when a black, transracial adopted boy, raised by white parents, ages out of honorary white and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics, and conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise.
Create a video archive of 17 separate video recordings of band performances in Northwest houses and punk clubs widely embraced by national and international queer, feminist and artistic communities. Excerpts from archive will be screened for youth and college-age audiences.
Complete a young adult novel set in present day Las Vegas, where a seventeen-year-old protagonist is trying to support himself, find love, face dyslexia, and struggle to find an authentic identity in a world revolving around money. Closing includes readings and workshops.
Create seven large-scale paintings, including purchasing materials and hiring assistants for the seven painting events.
Produce a new, short film by manipulating layers of footage of rogue cop, horror, and film noir genres frame-by-frame with an original score for a public screening.
Complete a book manuscript including transcription and editing of interviews with Japanese architects and artists, personal essays, and photography executed by the author while in Japan for public lectures.
Complete and give a reading with slide show from a book-length manuscript about working as a hack in all aspects of life: writer, parent, partner and child. Employing poems and stories this tale of post-partum depression, broken noses, spilled milk, and sins of the generations unfolds.
Create an illuminated, floating teahouse that floats on water for open-air, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in public places.
Generate and exhibit a new body of photo-based work on the theme of conversation that explores photography's struggle to document the unseen. A public exhibit and an elementary school workshop will be presented.
Complete original poem per Red Lineage adapted to allow others to contribute their own personal histories that echo, overlap and foster a sense of community despite real and/or perceived barriers. Produce interactive, multimedia archive, public workshop, and a screening and performance event.
Complete BAHRAIN: THE UNCOVERED UPRISING, a feature-length documentary film providing an in-depth look at the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain. Once complete, the film will be screened at multiple Seattle venues, and include discussions about the situation in Bahrain.
Complete the first draft of a book-length memoir entitled THE ANATOMY OF A GUN OWNER about my personal history with guns and violence and the fear and paranoia that led me to become a reluctant gun owner. Present two readings in South Seattle near the sites of shootings covered in the book.
Complete a manuscript exploring the intersections of development, conservation, social justice and global climate change in two of the world's last wild places, Antarctica and the Amazon, from a developing world's perspective with a public presentation.
Create new poems to complete a book manuscript with an interactive poetic structure inspired by the ancient Chinese divination method Book of Changes (I Ching). A series of audience-interactive group-divination performances of the new poems will be held.
Complete final re-edit of a documentary film based on interviews of American women instrumentalists in jazz from the 1920's to 1970's with public screenings.
Create an installation comprised of lynching postcards brought to life through animation and original music, and wooden sculptures marking historic deaths related to the civil rights movement as part of a series demonstrating parallels between slavery and the prison industrial complex.
Complete early research and development phase of a dance film piece about abandonment derived from a multi-year residency experiment with choreographer Shannon Stewart and company of 15 set in an abandoned site in King County. Year-end work will have a public screening.
Produce a short documentary following Seattle inventor, Peter Scott, as he creates the world's most fuel-efficient cook stove that saves forests and lives. Public screening planned.
Maria TV interweaves video of Latina domestic workers with reenactments of their jobs based on how they are portrayed in the media to highlight experiences of local under-privileged people. Work creates a connection and sensibility for an important and tangible political and cultural issue. A public screening will be offered.
Complete interviews, shoot and post-production of a 30 minute documentary focused on an indigenous North American concept of 'Two Spirit' for a public screening. 'Two Spirit' references a person who fulfills one of many traditional mixed-gender roles among Native American and Canadian First Nation communities.
Finish manuscript for a book exploring how and why Seattle shaped its physical landscape, including Denny Hill, the Duwamish Tide Flats, the historic shoreline, and Lake Washington Ship Canal. Free public presentations at community centers and museums will be scheduled.
Produce new site-specific installation at a storefront comprised of video projection throughout the space, shimmering upon three-dimensional cut paper elements suspended.
Complete poems based on a sequence of intercultural encounters with girls and women that form a section of a book confronting family and national history, and the intersection of the personal and public arena.
Create and exhibit an immersive, site-specific sculptural light installation representing Phase II MALA, a multi-year project based on Buddhist prayer beads creating a meditation mantra. MALA is built with 108 individual sections.
2013 CityArists Projects
Revise and complete a script Old Testament about homosexuality in the Black church and gang violence in the Black community, based on gang violence in The Old Testament. Material from community forums will be integrated into the production.
Expand conceptual aspects of a full-length, one-woman play (including multimedia) about a Black teen exploring revolutionary mindsets in 1970s suburban Seattle.
Develop eight new jazz pieces that push parameters. These works will be performed by a new group of musicians covering a span of ages and experiences in disparate venues around Seattle including an elementary school. Final live concerts will be recorded.Develop eight new jazz pieces that push parameters. These works will be performed by a new group of musicians covering a span of ages and experiences in disparate venues around Seattle including an elementary school. Final live concerts will be recorded.
Completion of a playscript for non-verbal, image-based theatrical performances that follows the protagonist of the classic play "Death of a Salesman" into the afterlife highlighting his modern resonance.
Development and presentation of a dance-theater performance blending historic scholarship and choreogrpahy based on Niki de Saint Phalle. A major theme of the work is criticism of female artists on accomplishment versus beauty. Events will engage UW students and participants from Reel Grrls.
Complete script development and staged presentations of a bilingual play based on Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as homeless characters. Performances will take place through a series of readings at local shelters and for homeless and advocacy organizations.
Further collaboration with multidisciplinary artists from Mexico, Los Angeles and Seattle plus immigrant youth in the development of new compositions culminating in two concerts/fandangos and video.
Record, rehearse and perform traditional Afro-Cuban compositions descended from Yoruba folklore with sacred bata drums and vocals for a public concert.
Create, record and present original compositions for Cuban tres and guitar showcasing similarities between Cuban tres and Gypsy Jazz guitar. New work will be performed at a community concert.
Present and record a concert of music based on sounds from nature performed by the Seattle Chamber Players with pre-concert talks and recording. Performances will be made available to middle school students and senior citizens.
Present a new, evening length dance theater piece blending details of 2012 school board shooting with studies of Chekhov's suicides and the Death Wish crime films.
Create and record a set of instrumental songs for string trio with electronics and for piano with electronics that will be performed as a suite. The songs incorporate repurposed compositions, acoustic material and real instruments.
Compose, record and perform new work exploring secular court music, vocal traditions and fragments of classical literature from Iran and Java including innovative and open-ended translation processes.
Compose, rehearse and perform a song cycle in five movements for six artists based on the artist's great grandfather's memoir. Culminating events will be two public performances, one of which will include a composer question/answer period.
Present new ensemble drag dance comedy of excess work inspired by small town fame to replicate and commodify our personas no matter how unflattering the results.
Research, create and produce a new retrospective, multi-disciplinary butoh piece focusing on gender and its relationship with to costuming, make-up, movement and themes for public performances and talks.
Rehearse, present and record live theater for radio show with poets and playwrights, composers and performers highlighting the Puget Sound region. Thematic episodes are all scored with original music and sound effects available online as podcast.
Debut the production of a full length stage play about an African American woman's journey with breast cancer. The project encompasses development, rehearsals, and production which will be in the Fall 2013.
Create and develop new collaborative dance drama with the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing based on a young boy's struggle to pursue his dream of becoming the best acrobat in the world.
Produce an environmental site-specific light installation based on Buddhist prayer beads and meditation mantra that will have a number of live performances over a two-week period in multiple spaces. The installation will be fully documented.
Develop through research and collaboration with theatre artists a stage play that dramatizes current scientific and philosophical explorations of human consciousness. The process will culminate in a fully staged workshop production in 2013.
Select, arrange and record original jazz compositions by Seattle-based musicians for two public performances with four high school workshops-concerts.
Complete final script of Don Nordo, a new full-evening theatrical work about food culture issues with free readings and post-reading talks including performers, producers and supporters.
Create, record, and present six derivative Northwest Americana works from mid-19th century through early 20th Century exploring the settlement era, railroads, mining communities, travel to the west and their influence on our local culture. Pieces will be accompanied by historical context and photos for school and public performances.
Create, rehearse and perform an original rock n' roll play, These Streets, with exhibit and oral histories inspired by the lives of women musicians from the 1990's Seattle grunge scene.
Present a dramatic live show exploring the ritual of dressing, ceremony of fashion and exclusivity within the fashion industry based in part on textile archives research. Performances will be concurrent with fashion week 2013 and performed three times on single day with exhibit.
Complete the first draft of a full-length play about homophobia among teens. There will be a community and school staged reading with post-play discussions led by director and representatives from King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.
Complete and perform two 60-minute performances of new concert music for a 26-piece ensemble of strings and woodwinds, exploring the subtleties of human consciousness, awareness and experience at two venues.
Present a two-woman show via a collage of monologues, ballads, old photos, modern dance, and '60s pop songs that weave a sad story of a Ukrainian-American family's war-torn past. Work paints an unexpectedly whimsical picture of loss.
2012 CityArists Projects
To further develop a new body of photographic work of a recent trip to Cuba giving some insight into what life is like for the average person living on this Caribbean island where the average U.S. citizen cannot visit and the Cuban citizens are not allowed to leave.
To complete and screen a full-length documentary exploring poverty and suicide among young girls in Nepal. Two showcases with post-screening panel discussions will be offered to communities with large Nepalese populations and teens.
Create an addition to a pop-up camper van as an installation-venue featuring six composer/musicians at five local festivals, inviting pedestrians and general public to engage.
In partnership with Safe Schools Coalition, complete a 12-piece series of paintings illuminating aspects of bullying GLBTG youth and potential interventions. After a month-long gallery exhibit, work will be shown at Washington Middle School with a panel discussion.
Continue exploration of small sustainable farms of Snoqualmie Valley via plein air studies and large studio paintings to be shown in venues where organic food is sold or its production is referenced. Public exhibits will take place at three farmers markets and at a Seattle Tilth event.
Develop a performative, portable sculpture on a bicycle trailer to encourage interaction about food rituals and family recipes at six P-Patch sites in diverse, socio-economic neighborhoods.
Write and publish a chapbook of lyrical essays exploring patriotism, imperialism and environmentalism characterizing our national parks closing with writing workshops and one joint reading at the Klondike Gold Rush National Park Museum.
Create and publish new poems plus broadsides based on interviews and conversations with families raising chronically ill kids of ethnically diverse backgrounds with public readings at Seattle Children's Hospital, Odessa Brown Clinic and UW Schools of Social Work and Nursing.
Complete final editing of a short documentary featuring the Fremont Troll as a community public art venture to premiere at the Fremont Outdoor Movies and UW School of Architecture.
Research and write four chapters of a young adult novel about a girl raised on a commune in the Pacific Northwest for one public reading and one combination reading-lecture at a north end high school.
Create a wall-mounted art installation at the South Park Community Center made of 3-D hexagonal patterns activated by vibrantly colored vinyl and lights with an interactive component inspiring neighborhood dialogue.
Transform a 2-D series into an installation of large-scale, silk paper burqas (traditional outer garments worn by some Islamic women) with burned calligraphic markings and sound recording accounts of violence from war survivors for a public exhibit at Seattle Central Community College.
Complete final draft of a manuscript focused recounting an eating disorder suffered by a fat, black, gay, bulimic adopted by white parents struggling with the diagnosis of a girl's disease. Public readings will be offered in partnership with LGBT agencies, the National Eating Disorder Association and the CD Forum.
Develop a multi-platform project of performative photos and giant wearable works exploring weight, physical burden and labor. Interactive workshops, a blog and a residency in Ireland will culminate in a public exhibit.
Complete a short film as composite myth told through native story fragments, visual allusion and complex sound design to be screened in partnership with Conservation Northwest and UW Department of American Indian Studies.
Create a 3-D, site-specific installation of complex layered drawings through which the public can move with tours and talks aimed at Pike Market Senior Center and a Montessori school.
Complete walking tours, a published trail guide and an exhibition of physical, autobiographical artwork mapping a personal trajectory of studio space over time and reflecting current displacement of local artist live/work space. Historylink and Storefronts Seattle will partner on show and tours.
Complete a short documentary exploring connections and complexities between adoptive and birth families of children in Guatemala. Adoption service agencies will partner on screening outreach and lead a panel discussion.
A photographic series documenting the changing character of Seattle's industrial Sodo neighborhood exhibited at four galleries with presentations at four high school photography classes.
Complete a draft manuscript of revised/new lyrical poems exploring isolation via Northwest urban/rural landscapes for a public reading and north Seattle high school visits.
Draft a collection of 20 short stories inspired by brother's struggle with autism and other family dysfunctions. Two public readings will be held with extended outreach to local organizations serving persons with autism plus talks at high schools.
Create a large-scale, site-specific braided grass sculpture/venue for seven musical performances at Discovery Park, including the Daybreak Star Cultural Center, to provoke new park experience and viewer responses.
Compose, print and produce public health service messages/poems as laminated placards and books for display in public restrooms at sites including art venues, college campuses, high schools and small neighborhood businesses.
Complete final draft of novel chronicling the life of a village girl employed by the East Indian Company in medieval India. Two public reading will target South Asian cultural organizations and UW students.
Present a temporary sonic porthole via a large-scale, sound installation at Union Station featuring 15 layered broadcasts from train stations from around the world. Performances will target youth and senior populations from the International District.
With an all-ages team from Casa Latina, create a large-scale sand painting and mechanized carved sculpture reflecting immigrant themes of separation, hard work, nostalgia and struggle to adapt for installation at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park in recognition of Day of the Dead.
Create a new series of 3-D artworks made entirely of acrylic paint, bridging the space between painting and sculpture for a gallery exhibit of "paint objects" and a public talk at a local high school.
To print a series of four, limited edition, hand-bound issues of Folio, a local arts journal containing writing and artwork by regional artists for public distribution and readings, performances and presentations at Seattle Art Museum.
A stop-frame animated film series comprised of vignettes based on 12 taped interviews exploring human-animal connections with pets for a public park screening. Media programs serving young girls and Native American teens will be invited.
The completion of a lecture-slide show presentation chronicling struggles with weight loss and a workshop-performance targeting the health and fitness field with a focus on groups addressing childhood obesity.
Revise and create chapters of a current novel on race, identity and belonging. A flash fiction workshop with Latino students on the theme of growing up brown will close with a joint reading of work.
Complete draft of a novel about a middle-aged widower who scandalously quits a well-established career with the World Bank. One reading and discussion will be offered in Spanish and one will be targeted to inmates in the correctional system.
Final production of a short animated film exploring the struggles and transformative changes of transgender experience and encouraging dialogue on the subjects of visibility, safety and support. Screenings will be geared to the queer community and youth.
Produce an audio-book of a self-published novel about an urban school in disarray and the veteran public school teacher as champion. Free interactive readings will target populations struggling with literacy.
Complete a sound and light installation incorporating urban sounds recorded in Seoul, Korea, and amplified through a kinetic sculpture for public presentation at Union Station.
Develop a series of videos for public screening that draw on stories, sounds and images and capture the essence of a neighborhood and serve as a record of the community.
Create a multi-media exhibit featuring a sculpture made of helicopter rotor blades symbolizing ascension along with audio-visual portraits of individuals recovering from adversity. A public exhibit will aim to combat stigma and inspire hope.
Create a new body of sculptural cedar bark basketry incorporating invasive plant species in Seattle and using experimental gathering and preparation techniques for a public exhibition at a park's environmental center.
To produce a documentary featuring the professional and personal journey of reinvention of local and internationally recognized photographer Phil Borges for a public exhibit.
Create a multi-media installation for public exhibit, including drawings, sculpture and video, that re-imagines the world of Oz based on research of gay history within the military.
Design and produce a set of alphabet images using paper cut technique and silkscreen and relying on distinct Pacific Northwest flora and fauna for exhibit at libraries and community centers.
Complete a book-length lyric poem divided into short sections that study the route of a daily Queen Anne neighborhood walk for a public reading that reaches local youth arts programs.
Identify two neighborhoods with a high volume of young adult pedestrian traffic to use QR codes and smart phones for viewing Oaxacan images paired with the specific location of QR code.
Create a large-scale, site-specific light installation that transforms the Intiman Theatre courtyard and creates a space for performance and reflection for Seattle Center audiences.
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To compose and produce an hour-long chamber opera based on historical text by Ruth Whitman of the pioneer spirit of the Donner Party and American West.
To compose a new work and present ancient melodies in a cappella oratorio for antiphonal chorus The Esoterics.
To create an interactive dance/theatre multidisciplinary-media experience to be performed in a hotel room including a live Web stream and complimentary gallery installation.
To present a five-hour West African dance and music concert and workshops.
To create and present new work for a music composition oratorio about a historic show predicament.
To create and perform male dance in contemporary society and throughout history.
To develop and present touching and comedic music-dance stories.
To create and present a new puppet show based on Brian Stoker's Dracula, written and directed by Kooser with live music featuring Bunraku, traditiional Japanese puppetry.
To complete one work-in-progress and present a Shakespearean adaptation of theatrical music performances with episodes streamed on the Web.
To create and present new work using actors mixing classic black-and-white film imagery with the multidisciplinary media of the 19th century.
To develop music and present a concert of original boleros, sambas and folkloric vocal music from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.
To create and present a multi-disciplinary piece focused on two Pillar Pieces and interconnected over three months through symphonic/dance work.
To create a theatrical script from 300 hours of interviews detailing the struggle over survival of the Skagit River.
To develop and stage read a play intended to evolve for 10,000 years, illuminating ideas embodied by the Clock of the Long Now.
To remount and present an outdoor, interdisciplinary "dream theater" piece with expanded ensembles and moving sets.
To compose and present one large-scale original composition and one large-scale arrangement for classical guitar trio.
To create and present partnerships with a dance, theater and music artists culminating in four complete works.
To create a recording of a pieces of classical Persian music, including original compositions based on multilingual poetry in Farsi and English.
To present a full-length work blending deconstructed/re-arranged compositions and absurdist theater.
To develop and present an original story about love and relationships integrating dance-theater, music and video performance.
To create and present a new dance-music performance about how we map and navigate changing and compromised worlds.
To complete and present a multidisciplinary-media musical theater production inspired by individuals worldwide forced to create to stay alive.
To create, present and record a new set of jazz compositions for an avant-guard trio with alto sax, percussion and piano.
To develop and present new music and produce a CD incorporating electronic and acousitical elements.
To commission and present a series of short, new "Padua-esque" plays staged outdoors in site-specific locations.
To compose, record and present a lecture performance combining classical music with elements of various jazz styles.
To create and present an original dance work exploring music, timing and personal styles by exchanging video and visit from NYC choreographer Pat Catterson.
To create and present a one-act work including theatrer, film, dance and live music offering a glimpse into personal isolation, anxieties, vulnerability and aspirations.
Create and present a new theatrical re-creation of the silent movie experience combining acrobatic performance, music, videography and stage magic.
To record and produce a CD and tunebook of "old time" unique styles and techniques for tunes collected over 30 years from fiddlers in Washington and Oregon.
To direct a reconstruction of Hedda Gabler, a classic Henrik Ibsen play.
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A networking event to connect filmmakers with projects
Female Zine seeks Visual and Written Entries
Traditional art and craft demonstrations at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Showcase featuring local Seattle artists
The Art Gallery at City Hall Shoreline is currently seeking proposals from independent curators for exhibitions of 2-D and 3-D artwork (including fiber, sound, flat panel video, and unobstructive, wall-mounted sculpture) on the 4th floor of City Hall.
Propose an exhibition to take place anywhere in the world besides NYC
Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned 125 art installations!
THE HI-LIFE IS SEEKING NEW ART: SPRING SETTINGS
Open Call for the Mukilteo Art Festival
need a commercial artist/painter to paint butterflies
Grants for Artists and Arts Groups in King County
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2017 season of site-specific artist installations.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the nation’s only arts funder to award grants in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. As the first step in its funding process, the NEA has posted application guidelines for the Art Works and Challenge America categories for art projects anticipated to take place in 2017. New in this fiscal year is a pilot grant opportunity that is part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary initiative, Creativity Connects.*
Seattle Writes invites writers to submit a work of flash fiction to the Door to a Pink Universe competition in honor of science fiction writer and Seattle resident Octavia Butler, who heralded libraries for their contribution to her development as a writer
Seeking Artist in Residence at Moorlands Elementary
Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists' Residency, located in Saugatuck, MI, offers courses, workshops, and artist residencies for students and artists at all stages in their career. In the summer MFA candidates and recent graduates and Arts Faculty residents can take advantage of the Ox-Bow community, which includes faculty, visiting artists and students.
Ox-Bow’s LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship program welcomes twelve fellowship students from schools all over the nation the opportunity to focus on their work, meet with renowned artists, and grow as a member of this unique community. These students live on campus in Saugatuck, MI for 13 weeks, where they participate in campus life as both staff members and artists.
16 artists are accepted for 2–6 month residencies and receive studio space, materials, use of equipment, housing, round-trip transportation, technical assistance, and photographic services.
Residency near Mt. Rainier
Residency Program Funds (RPF) are for Seattle-based contemporary visual artists, curators, and arts writers who have opportunities to attend residencies out-of-state and need assistance to cover tuition, fees, and travel expenses.
You may be aware that the Hill-Snowdon Foundation recently launched our Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM)- a three year, $900,000 grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to support Black-led organizing as a means of building the infrastructure for Black institutional and political power for social change and racial justice.