2012 funding cycle for individual artists to open Sept. 27

Dear Seattle artists:

I'm writing to update you on the 2012 CityArtists Projects program, which we postponed opening earlier this year due to uncertainties regarding the city of Seattle's 2012 budget. Thank you for your patience. While the city budget process is ongoing, we have decided to open applications for CityArtists, which provides funding for individual Seattle-based artists to develop and present their work.

Mark your calendars. The application will open Tuesday, Sept. 27 with a Nov. 1 deadline. Due to the quick turnaround, we want to give applicants advance notice so they can get a jump start on their proposals. CityArtists invests in different disciplines in alternating years. The 2012 cycle will award grants to artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. I encourage you to review the application guidelines.

This will be a highly competitive round, as we expect funding for the program may decrease in 2012. Previously, artists could apply for awards ranging up to $10,000. In 2012, artists can apply for set award amounts of either $2,000 or $4,000. Projects must take place between May and December 2012 and include a public presentation.

Staff will also host a series of drop-in draft review sessions in October. Dates and details are posted on our website. For more information about the CityArtists program, contact Irene Gomez, 684-7310.

Supporting individual artists who live and work in our city is an important investment in a healthy community. Thank you for your continued contribution to arts and culture in Seattle!

Vincent E. Kitch
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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