Current Calls and Funding

CityArtist Grant

Painting of an Asian man in a suit, swimmers around him.

Floating Gardens Project, by Robert Sparrow Jones

The CityArtist program supports Seattle-based individual artists/curators and the research, development and presentation of their work. Awarded artists will need to offer a public presentation within city limits of Seattle. We support a broad range of artistic and cultural expression reflecting Seattle's diversity.

NEW ELEMENTS: The CityArtist application has been simplified with these elements. Project description, budget and outreach plan are not required on the application. Only awarded artists will need to develop these items for the contract after selection. Selected artists now have two years to develop and present a creative idea. Options for final report are written or a virtual group sharing.


Applications will be accepted this year in these art forms or disciplines:

  • Literary (including screenwriting)
  • Media/film
  • Visual

Traditional/ethnic and multi-disciplinary projects are always welcome, as long as a primary art form is one of the eligible disciplines listed.


Applicants may request the following set amounts: $2,000, $5,000, or $8,000.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 11:00pm Pacific.

Virtual Workshops

Get program overview and guidance on how to submit a strong application and virtual platform tips. A workshop and draft review will be held:

Online Program Overview Workshop 

Monday, Feb 8, 2021; 11am - 1pm
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Co-Presenter: City of Seattle Office of Economic Development-Small Business Advocate: Business License Tips  

Monday, Feb 22, 2021; 5-7 p.m.
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Co-Presenter: Seattle Channel: Virtual Tips/Tools 

Draft Review

Individual appointments: If available, send drafts via email by Fri, 4/2. Please RSVP for an appointment on one of these two dates, a project manager will call to confirm: 

Friday, April 9, 2021 from 12-4 pm
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Monday, April 12, 2021 from 2-6 pm 
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Read the full guidelines for this call.

Apply on GoSmart.


For questions about the grant or for help with the online application, please contact Irene Gómez.

Irene Gómez

Irene Gómez

Project Manager

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(206) 684-7310

Irene administers ARTISTS UP and CityArtists Projects funding programs in addition to related technical support. She's an active member of the city's Race & Social Justice Initiative Change Team and volunteers on several boards and committees of a community foundation, artist collectives and heritage organizations. Film, travel, friends and being the parent of an emerging media artist balance interests outside of work.

Irene also speaks Spanish.

FLOW 2021: Temporary Art Exhibition Along the Ship Canal

"Protect the Sacred - Justice for Missing Murdered Indigenous Women" with Coast Salish art and the two artists posing in front.
Composite of MMIW by Kalee Nelson and Crystal Chistopherson

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, is seeking up to 11 emerging artists to develop new temporary public artworks for FLOW 2021-2022, an exhibition project to enliven construction walls and fences for infrastructure projects that are part of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project.

The artworks will be installed on construction walls and fences at four locations in Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford on a rotating basis starting in mid-2021. The walls and fences will be a mixture of 8'-12' tall wood sound walls and 6'-8' tall chain link fences, and artists are invited to use a variety of materials including but not limited to paint, photography, murals, sculptural attachments, rope or ribbon woven into fences, plastic puck attachments, or innovative approaches.

Please see the full call for more details.


This call is open to artists residing in Washington State. Students are not eligible to apply.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection and programming. Artists whose work is well represented in the City's programs are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 5pm Pacific. Please allow ample time to complete and upload your application; applications will not be accepted after the 5:00pm Pacific deadline. 

Virtual Workshop

On January 15, 2021, we held a virtual workshop to help you turn in your strongest application. If you missed it, here's the recording. First time applicants are especially encouraged to watch it.


Apply on Submittable

Questions about using Submittable? Submittable maintains an FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at


For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Jason Huff.

Jason Huff

Jason Huff

Project Manager Lead

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(206) 684-7278

As a public art project manager with our office since 2007, Jason has worked with local and national artists to design and install artworks for the city's 1% for Art collection. From 2000 to 2007, Jason was the artistic director at the Kirkland Arts Center. Born and raised in White Plains, New York, he received his BFA in art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington. Jason continues to work in ceramics and has exhibited his work regionally at Gallery IMA, SOIL, Bellevue Art Museum, Gallery IMA, and nationally at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Ore.; San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo, Tex.; Contemporary Arts Collective and Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery in Las Vegas, Nev.; and the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nev.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

Applications for ARTS at King Street Station are currently on pause.

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Rick Reyes

Rick Reyes

Racial Equity Coordinator

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(206) 233-7177

Rick grew up in Tacoma, Washington where he was actively involved in the arts as a songwriter, musician, and patron. Since moving to Seattle to attend Seattle University, he has worked in the arts with affiliations at Seattle Theatre Group, MoPop, Napster, and Sub Pop. Rick graduated in 2018 with his BA in Public Administration, focusing on Equity, Race, and Public Policy, and Philosophy, specializing in Law, Justice, and Society. Most recently, Rick’s research includes access to creative occupations for youth in the Seattle Public School district, effective methods of art advocacy for public education, and a case study focused around the effect of disaster politics on public education systems. Rick is an avid concertgoer and can probably be found at any number of venues in the Seattle area.

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