Cultural Facilities Fund

Now for the fourth year in a row, the Office of Arts & Culture is proud to offer capital funding for major projects through its Cultural Facilities Fund.

Cultural facilities, including performing arts centers, museums, cinemas, galleries, music venues, and workshop and rehearsal spaces, create visibility for the arts and function as community gathering places. They provide cultural opportunities for residents and visitors, economic vitality to neighborhoods and surrounding businesses, and homes for artists and arts groups. They are the anchors for our creative neighborhoods, the portals through which our neighbors engage with the arts.

Information
Matthew Richter
Cultural Space Liaison

Application

Applications for the 2017 cycle available in 2017

Deadline

2017
0 days left to apply

Eligibility

The Cultural Facilities Fund is designed to support Seattle-based organizations with facilities-based capital projects. The program awards funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility projects, including ADA compliance, facility renovations, or new facility projects. See our Guidelines document, linked above, for more information about eligible projects.

Eligible organizations must have at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle. A significant amount of funding for the facility's project beyond this grant must be in place before applying. Projects must be able to take place and be completed between November 2015 and December 2016.

Funding

Applicants may request up to $50,000 to support direct project expenses.

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Calls for Artists

Proposal for Seattle Presents Gallery
Seeking to commission four artists/artist teams to develop and coordinate a social practice/community engaged project that addresses homelessness, gentrification and/or displacement. The projects will culminate in a two-month exhibition in the city’s Seattle Presents Gallery, an 180 square foot storefront space, between the months of February 2017 – September 2017.11/29/2016
Public Art Boot Camp 2017
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is invested in training the next generation of public artists who can create culturally relevant artworks that resonate with Seattle's diverse population. ARTS is offering a FREE two-day intensive training to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm.12/15/2016
Salmon Bay Pump Station
The Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a site integrated or site specific artwork that is reflective of Coast Salish historic and cultural connections to the Salmon Bay and Shilshole areas for SPU’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP) Pump Station.1/26/2017
Site specific artworks for Fauntleroy Way
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist to develop site-specific artworks for the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project. The selected artist will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction of the new boulevard.12/13/2016

Grants/Funding

CityArtist Projects grant
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years.
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Artist Rosters

Ethnic Artist Roster
The Ethnic Artist Roster is a diverse list of artists of color who were selected through a panel process for exhibition opportunities in city owned or affiliated galleries.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

Looking for Space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.
Trainings available for teaching artists <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Join us to kick-off a new series of free Creative Advantage Arts Partner trainings.

Grants

Arts in Parks Program
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.
Civic Partners grant
Awarding two-year grants to Seattle arts and cultural organizations and investing in the broad cultural community, helping organizations make a rich variety of arts, heritage and culture opportunities accessible to Seattle residents and visitors.1/1/2016
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Professional Development

Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.

Have rental space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Arts in Parks Program
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.

Cultural Space

Arts & Cultural Districts
A program dedicated to nurturing and protecting the presence of arts and culture in our neighborhoods.
Cultural Space Inventory
From the largest to the smallest, we are counting every theater, gallery, arts office, rehearsal room, library, music club, museum, and cinema in town.

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Manage your award

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.


Online calendars

There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:


Daily and weekly papers

Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.


Neighborhood newspapers


Radio

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.


Television

Seattle Channel , the city's municipal television channel, is committed to covering local arts and culture. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle channel specifically covers the local art scene.

Local television stations are:


Funded Partners

2016 Cultural Facilities Partners

A Contemporary Theatre
$13,300
ACT will be installing a captioning system into both the Falls Theater and the Allen Theater. This system, which will serve a limited number of seats, will allow patrons to read along with the performance. This is part of the theater’s larger accessibility plan and will benefit hearing impaired audiences.

Charles and Emma Frye Free Public Art Museum
$2,400
The Frye Art Museum will be installing an ADA-compliant automatic opening device on the front door.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (Youngstown Arts Center)
$35,000
The Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association will renovate and repair the historic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center theater at the south end of the building. This will include a large-scale project to repair the building’s foundation.

Densho
$2,160
This project improves Densho’s process of digitizing historical materials by replacing and upgrading failing and aging digital network wiring with high throughput (Gigabit) capacity wiring and network switches.

Freehold Theatre Lab Studio
$30,000
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio will create a new home in the Freedman Building in Seattle's Chinatown/International District. Funding will assist in the transformation of a 7,000 square-foot basement space in a mixed-use residential building into a Black Box Theater, two studios, offices, and a library.

Historical Society of Seattle & King County (MOHAI)
$12,400
MOHAI will be installing automatic door operators to correct restroom accessibility obstacles that create an unwelcoming environment for members of the community.

Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington
$16,480
This “Phase II” project addresses the need for a new roof, rebuilds a breezeway between two buildings, and works towards a solar power solution for the future of the structures. Phase I of the project renovated and protected the first floor and foundation of the building.

Northwest Choirs
$30,000
Northwest Choirs (Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle) will undertake a major renovation of their permanent home, located in the University Heights Center. The scope of this nearly 5,000 square foot project includes two large rehearsal rooms, two smaller breakout practice rooms, offices, a reception area, and acoustic and lighting upgrades throughout the space.

Pottery Northwest
$5,600
Pottery Northwest will be undertaking a series of building updates to increase the safety, comfort, and community awareness of their ceramic studio. This includes updating restrooms, ventilation, and exterior signage.

Ripple Productions (Café Nordo)
$3,101
A two-part improvement to Café Nordo’s performance space in an historic, brick building in Pioneer Square will include: 1) The purchase and strategic installation of sound baffling panels to improve acoustic quality, and 2) the purchase and installation of a fan system to improve air circulation and temperature control.

Seattle Repertory Theatre
$20,000
The Seattle Repertory Theater will undertake a major upgrade of their PONCHO Forum, a small black-box performance and workshop space that last saw major improvements in 1983, the year the building was constructed. Their Cultural Facilities Fund award will support the replacement of the HVAC system serving the space, bolstering the comfort and usefulness of the PONCHO venue.

SouthEast Effective Development (SEEDArts)
$35,000
Funds will help to build and equip a professional low-power FM radio studio, which will include a broadcast studio, community production space, classroom for training, offices for volunteers and staff, and an engineering room.

University Heights Center
$18,448
University Heights Center's building, a 1902 former schoolhouse, is home to 11 arts, educational, and cultural organizations. Funding will be used to repair water damage to the main entrance, and a section of the historic cedar rain gutters.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
$16,816
Funding will be used to renovate two public bathrooms on the second floor of the historic Stimson-Green Mansion, preventing water damage to landmarked historic interiors in the entry hall, and restoring full use of the facilities.

2015 Cultural Facilities Partners

Chong Wa Education Society
Increase accessibility to the historic 1929 Chong Wa Hall with an ADA-compliant restroom and upgrade to the two staircases in the auditorium to meet code requirements.
$21,375
El Centro de la Raza
Construction of a multi-cultural community center to provide space for cultural opportunities on Beacon Hill. The center will feature a commercial kitchen and professional stage.
$32,500
Flying House Productions
Replacement of the sewer line.
$12,148
James & Janie Washington Foundation
Improvement and preservation of the two-level studio, for their artist-in-residence program.
$8,980
Northwest African American Museum
Security improvements.
$25,160
Northwest Film Forum
Upgrades to the lobby and replacement of their marquee as the final phase of a 3-year capital improvement project.
$27,500
On the Boards
Update HVAC system and roof repairs.
$21,508
Seattle Children's Theatre Association
New state-of-the-art Hearing Loop Assistive Learning System for hearing-impaired children, families and teachers.
$10,677
SIFF
HVAC system upgrade and roof repairs to the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown.
$25,000
Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Light replacement in museum galleries.
$1,850
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Safety upgrades to the Dome Room, Upstage Ladder to Stage Grid and Loading Bridge.
$13,281
Theatre Puget Sound
New seats, carpeting, theatre lighting and patron assisted listening systems for the Center Theater.
$16,500
Velocity Dance Center
Renovating the main entryway to be ADA compliant, and installing a sprung dance floor.
$16,500
Washington State Jewish Historical Society
The purchase and installation of state-of-the-art archival systems for the preservation and protection of historic artifacts while not on display.
$10,800
Wing-It Productions DBA Jet City Improv
Upgrades to electrical and lighting system.
$6,300

2014 Cultural Facilities Partners

ArtsWest
Repairing and restoring the space to its original condition after a recent flood.
$12,611
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Addition of motion-sensor lights and cameras with a new DVR recorder added to capture footage from new and existing cameras.
$8,057
Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle
Improvements and a redesign for their current Community Center kitchen, and the creation of an adjacent outdoor area as a community gathering space
$40,000
Historic Seattle
Providing full fire protection for the Seattle Landmark Washington Hall building.
$24,743
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Installing a new HVAC system
$9,000
Ripple Productions
Finishing the installation of a theater in 109 Main St, creating the permanent home of Ripple Productions and the Cafe Nordo shows.
$10,800
SouthEast Effective Development
Purchasing and installing security lighting & cameras to SEEDArts Studios, which will house 22 artist studios/office spaces for creative enterprises in Hillman City.
$13,122
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Building out an office space, film library, and screening room in their new location at 12th Avenue Arts
$5,000
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Revitalizing the physical infrastructure at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, including a window replacement project and classroom upgrades.
$26,666

2013 Cultural Facilities Partners

826 Seattle
Upgrades to bathrooms and kitchen for students, installation of new drinking fountain
$5,100
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation
Creation of two theaters in the 12th Avenue Arts development
$35,000
Cornish College of the Arts
Seating risers for the conversion of rehearsal room to black box theater in the old Intiman Playhouse
$30,000
Coyote Central
Improvements to wood and metal shops (ventilation, heat, and safety)
$9,000
El Centro de la Raza
Elevator upgrades for safety and ADA compliance
$35,000
Friends of KEXP
Creation of new storefront access for new facility at Seattle Center, and new "in-studio" performance space
$35,000
NEW CITY THEATER
Installation of new audience risers to expand capacity by 39%
$6,900
Northwest Seaport
Replacement of decking on the lightship Swiftsure
$21,600
Seattle Public Theater
Replacement of stage floor and lobby carpet
$4,000
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Replacement of dangerously outdated electrical system for theatrical lighting
$10,000
Theater Schmeater
Installation of new stage in new theater space
$6,000
University Heights Center
Installation of exterior security lighting
$17,400
Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center
Creation of new library and resource center in new facility
$35,000

2012 Cultural Facilities Partners

Hengda Dance Academy
Dance Studio Upgrades (floor/blinds)
$15,000
Jack Straw Foundation
ADA Access Entryway
$25,000
James and Janie Washington Foundation
Roof & Furnace Replacement
$7,500
Northwest African American Museum
HVAC & Electrical Wiring
$11,250
Northwest Film Forum
Theatre Chair Replacement
$6,000
On the Boards
Exterior Security Lighting/Gates
$15,000
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Elevator, Access & Seismic Upgrades
$10,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center
Lighting, Fencing and Signage
$15,000
SouthEast Effective Development
ADA Lift and Railings
$5,000
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Assistive Listening System
$11,250
The Center for Wooden Boats
Exterior Lighting
$15,000
Town Hall Association
Heating/Ventilation
$10,000
Wing-It Productions
Electrical System Upgrade
$3,250
Current Grants for Organizations
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Have/Need Rental Space
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Built in 1915, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute is an historic landmark and the perfect venue for your special event. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca, and formerly the Jewish Synagogue of Chevra Biku Cholim, the building became a community center and part of the City of Seattle’s facilities in 1972. It underwent extensive renovations in 2011 to preserve its architectural character and update the facilities.
Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.
Professional Development
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.
More Grant/Funding Opportunities
Salmon Bay Pump Station
The Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a site integrated or site specific artwork that is reflective of Coast Salish historic and cultural connections to the Salmon Bay and Shilshole areas for SPU’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP) Pump Station.1/26/2017
Intermittent Ushers <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is a facility offering rental of facility spaces and theater areas to other organizations and the public. LHPAI is seeking Ushers to provide rental support for the facility.12/6/2016
Public Art Boot Camp 2017
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is invested in training the next generation of public artists who can create culturally relevant artworks that resonate with Seattle's diverse population. ARTS is offering a FREE two-day intensive training to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm.12/15/2016
Public Art Intern <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Assist the ten member Public Art team and provide assistance for several focused activities of the Public Art program. The intern will gain insight into activities that activate and sustain the city's arts and culture fields. he position will provide support for the stewardship of the city's public art collection, as well as assisting in our agency's ongoing efforts to train and engage more artists in the field of public art. 11/15/2016
Site specific artworks for Fauntleroy Way
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist to develop site-specific artworks for the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project. The selected artist will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction of the new boulevard.12/13/2016
Proposal for Seattle Presents Gallery
Seeking to commission four artists/artist teams to develop and coordinate a social practice/community engaged project that addresses homelessness, gentrification and/or displacement. The projects will culminate in a two-month exhibition in the city’s Seattle Presents Gallery, an 180 square foot storefront space, between the months of February 2017 – September 2017.11/29/2016
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
Washington Lawyers for the Arts
What will happen to your artwork when you pass away? Who will take care of the works you created and collected during your lifetime? Would you like your family to keep your artwork, or donate it to a museum, or sell the works to interested buyers? While every responsible person should have an estate plan to distribute their belongings upon death, an artist or art collector has an added responsibility of making specific provisions for their artwork.9/15/2016
Washington Lawyers for the Arts
What can an artist expect when presented with a public art contract? How might a contract with a foreign governmental entity, or for a temporary installation, differ from a domestic sale or permanent installation? What provisions should the artist review carefully when negotiating the responsibilities of each party?9/29/2016
The Morgan Fund
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.9/30/2016
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.

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