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ARTS' offices, ARTS at King Street Station Gallery and Langston Hughes Performing Insitute will be closed today, Friday, January 27, 2023.

Current Calls and Funding

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster (Rolling Deadline)

Teaching artist Antonio Davidson-Gomez, courtesy of The Creative Advantage

The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for every student in Seattle Public Schools. The Creative Advantage is made possible through a public-private partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Foundation, and over 100 community arts partners.  
 
The Community Arts Partner Roster consists of individual teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through The Creative Advantage. Community Arts Partners collaborate with schools to provide:  

  • Student Art Residencies
  • Teacher Professional Development 

Please Note: An applicant can apply to lead student arts residencies and/or teacher professional development. 

Read the full guidelines.

Eligibility

Open to teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions serving students in Seattle.

Deadline 

The application opens on January 10, 2023, and will stay open.

Applications will be vetted and approved by Creative Advantage Advisors, three times annually in March, June, and October. 

Virtual Application Info Sessions

Session 1: Friday, January 20, 10 a.m. (Pacific) 
 
Session 2: Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. (Pacific) 
 
Session 3: Friday, Sept 29, 10 a.m. (Pacific) 

Register for Sessions 1, 2, or 3 here. 

Application

Apply on Submittable.

If you have trouble with Submittable, check their FAQ which offers step-by-step guides. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Tina LaPadula.

Tina LaPadula

Tina LaPadula

she/her

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Arts Education Project Manager
tina.lapadula@seattle.gov

(206) 518-4205

Tina LaPadula is an East coast transplant and warrior for equitable art-making and learning opportunities. For more than 15 years she poured most of her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award-winning arts and social justice nonprofit she helped found. She has collaborated with The Frye Museum, The Museum of History and Industry, and Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival to curate exhibitions and events that elevate the art and perspectives of young people. As a teaching artist, Tina has taught for Centrum Arts, Seattle Children's Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and afterschool programs. She has served as a consultant to many cultural organizations facilitating workshops on racial justice and the arts. Tina supports the growth and development of teaching artists locally and nationally, most notably as the founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network, as a faculty member for the WA State Teaching Artist Training Lab, as the former chair of the Association of Teaching Artists, and on the national advisory team for the Teaching Artist Guild. Her writing and opinions have been featured by Americans for the Arts and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

smART Ventures Grant (Rolling Deadline)

A woman smiling as she creates a diamond symbol with her hands.
Black Arts Love by Jenny Crooks

smART Ventures is flexible, inclusive, simple, and encourages innovation by individuals, organizations, and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs. smART Ventures provides support ranging from $500 to $1,000, proving that small investments can have big impacts.  

Read the full guidelines.

Eligibility

  • Individuals or groups of people – including youth and older adults – seeking support for a unique project, opportunity, or event involving arts and culture and not currently funded by our office
  • Organizations – arts and culture and others – organizations do NOT have to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status
    • emerging (less than 3 years old), OR
    • not currently funded by our office, OR
    • grassroots or business organizations
  • Practicing artists not currently funded by our office and who have never received a CityArtist grant before

Deadline 

The application is open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application

Apply here.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Ashraf Hasham at ashraf.hasham@seattle.gov or at (206) 615-1879.

Kristi Woo

Kristi Woo

she/her

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Creative Youth Development Project Manager
kristi.woo@seattle.gov

(206) 727-8671

Kristi serves as ARTS' Creative Youth Development Project Manager and has a passion for cultural preservation, youth empowerment, and community advocacy. Kristi is a former Arts Education Manager of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Education Manager for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Her innovation in bridge-building amongst schools, families, and artists along with advocacy in underserved communities around arts education is well respected. She has worked and volunteered with pluralistic communities in Seattle's Rainier Valley, Chinatown International District, and Central Area neighborhoods for more than 20 years.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) Facility Grant

10 dancers practicing dance routines in the Grand Rehearsal Hall

The LHPAI Facility Grant aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle. The LHPAI Facility Grant seeks to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American and Diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies.

The LHPAI Facility Grant provides in-kind support for public projects, opportunities, or events presented by individuals, groups, organizations, or communities. The grant takes the form of up to 40 hours of staffed building use for a public arts or cultural event at LHPAI. The LHPAI Facility Grant consists solely of facility use and staff time.

There is no monetary investment associated with this grant.

Read the full guidelines.

Eligibility

  • Individuals, organizations, communities, or groups of people - including youth and older adults - seeking support for a unique public project, opportunity, or event involving African American and Diaspora arts and culture may apply.
  • Only events open to the public may receive the LHPAI Facility Grant. Private events are ineligible. Public events may still charge an entrance fee for their events.
  • Organizations — arts and culture and others — are NOT required to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status

Deadline 

The application is open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application

Apply here.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Sandra Boas-DuPree at sandra.boas-dupree@seattle.gov or at (206) 684-4758.

Sandra Boas-DuPree

Sandra Boas-DuPree

she/her

Bio + -

Operations & Development
sandra.boas-dupree@seattle.gov

(206) 684-4758

Sandra is a native to Seattle and majored in finance and marketing at the University of Washington. After working as a contract specialist with Sedgewick Payne brokerage, where she managed multi-million dollar international accounts, she came aboard LHPAI in 2003. Her artistic lineage starts with her father, the noted jazz pianist Kenny Boas, one of Seattle's celebrated jazz-era musicians. She continues as a founding member of The Mahogany Project, a performing arts group that provides African-American's a means to be the makers and owners of their art. Her play Journey from Spruce Street premiered in the 2007 Mahogany Project's theater festival. In 2015, her play Jazz Prayer about the 1940s jazz era in Seattle premiered at Theater Off Jackson with Freehold Theater's Emboldenedplay about Buddy Bolden. Sandra's plays, including Sister Fusion and Black Label, challenge simple-minded stereotypical beliefs about African Americans and reveal her family's vanguard confrontation of racist barriers in Seattle. A social activist, her career has always included involvement in race and social justice initiatives in both the public and private sectors.

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Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

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S Surface

S Surface

they/them

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Strategic Investment Fund Lead
s.surface@seattle.gov

(206) 507-1831

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of art, design, and architecture, and the Strategic Investment Fund Lead with ARTS. Previously, Surface was co-curator of The Alice, an artist-run exhibition space and writers' residency, and Out Of Sight 2017, a regional survey of Pacific Northwest artists. As Program Director at Design in Public, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated at the Center for Architecture & Design. Trained in graphic design, photography, and entrepreneurship at Parsons School of Design, and with an M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture, research coordinator and editor with C-LAB, Volume Architectural Journal, and the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a teaching fellow in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Yale University. Surface served on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility.


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