Summer of Safety

As part of the City of Seattle's equity work in addressing public safety, the Office of Arts & Culture is seeking to fund 6 to 10 projects through its smART Ventures program that use the arts to address safety and non-violence within our communities during the months of August through November 2014. Individuals, arts organizations and community groups will be eligible to apply for $500 of funding. Youth are especially encouraged to apply. Applications for this unique opportunity should be submitted between July 8 through August 31, 2014. If interested, contact program manager Jenny Crooks, 206.684.7084 before starting your application.

As a small awards program, smART ventures encourages innovation and widens cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs.

Projects are creative and diverse, and in 2012, over half of the 52 funded projects involved artists and communities of color or underserved communities such as the deaf or LGBTQ. Many served wide-ranging audiences including youth, seniors and the homeless.

Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple. It provides support ranging from $500 to $1,000, proving that small investments can have big impacts.

Before applying, you must have your proposal idea reviewed by one of our staff. Read the program guidelines, short application and frequently asked questions. Then email Jenny Crooks or call (206) 684-7084 to let us know of your interest so that we may assign a project manager to work with you.