Current Calls and Funding

Youth Arts Grant

Two young women building a structure.

Detail of students cutting studs on a new build, photo by Sawhorse Revolution

Youth Arts grants support equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle’s Middle- and High School-aged youth. Programs occur outside of school hours and are led by experienced teaching artists working in communities to increase arts and cultural opportunities for young people from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

Data shows that the greatest disparities between young people who have access to arts education and those who don’t are based on race, socio economics, home language and disabilities. As with all of the Office of Arts & Culture’s Creative Youth Programs, Youth Arts prioritizes programs serving young people within these demographics.

Eligibility and Requirements

Individual teaching artists, art and cultural organizations, youth-service agencies, and degree-granting institutions are eligible to apply. Projects must take place between September 2020 – August 2021 and September 2021 – August 2022 and must take place within Seattle.

Funding

Recipients will receive a total of $12,000 distributed over two (2) years of Youth Arts funding support (for programs in 2020-21 and 2021-22). $6,000 is available each year to support project expenses.

Deadline

Monday, February 24, 2020, 10:59pm Pacific.

Workshops

Get insider tips on how to submit a strong application. A workshop and draft review will be held:

Program Overview

Thursday, January 23, 2020, Noon-1:30pm
Green Lake Library
7364 East Green Lake Drive N, Seattle, WA 98115
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Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5:30-7pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
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Draft Review

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5:30-7pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 5:30-7pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
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Application

The application and guidelines are available on our Youth Arts page

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

Kristi Woo

Kristi Woo

Creative Youth Development Project Manager

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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.

Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements Art Project

Intersection at Pine and BroadwayFirst Hill Streetcar, by Claudia Fitch, 2013

The Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects, in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist/artist team* to join a collaborative design team to unify the Pike-Pine corridor, which is a major east-west connection to Seattle’s central waterfront.

The Waterfront Seattle project will create 20 acres of new public spaces, streets, parks and buildings. Pike and Pine Streets will connect the waterfront to the Capitol Hill neighborhood through the downtown retail core. The artist/s will work with the city and its design team to create a unifying identity for these streets and sited artwork that act as gateways and/or gathering space.

*Artist teams will be limited to two (2) members.

The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements Project design team, including ZGF Architects,LLP, project stakeholders and community members to design integrated streetscape elements and/or original artwork or series of artworks on Pike and Pine Streets. The artist will help design elements that may be well-integrated into the site, helping to unify the streetscape, and may also be asked to consider gateway elements (if feasible) or other identifiers for the corridor. These latter artworks should be very legible as autonomous artistic interventions at key intersections. Artworks must be durable and low maintenance in this urban environment.

Eligibility

This call is open to all professional artists working in the United States and have a record of successfully realizing projects of a similar scale in the public realm or demonstrated ability to potentially do so. Artists may apply in teams of no more than two lead members.

ARTS encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the City’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply. Please see the full call on CaFÉ.

Budget

The selected artist will receive a commission of $300,000 (including all Washington State Sales/Use Tax), to design, fabricate, and install the artwork, and includes any travel costs. The commission will be administered in two contracts, approximately $50,000 for design and construction documents, and upon approval of final design and acceptance of construction documents, $250,000 for fabrication, installation and oversight fee.

Deadline

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 10:59 pm Pacific.

Application

Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, email CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific.

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For questions about the call or for help with the online application, please contact Ruri Yampolsky.

Ruri Yampolsky

Ruri Yampolsky

Office of the Waterfront Arts Liaison

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ruri.yampolsky@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7309

Ruri oversees the Public Art program, working to integrate the ideas and work of artists into the public realm. With more than 20 years in the field, she endeavors to bring diverse arts experiences to Seattle's residents and visitors and to expand the definition of public art. She has managed of a range of projects and has developed policies, procedures and best practices for public art administration. She has been a member of several interdepartmental teams addressing city-wide planning issues such as the Central Waterfront. She is a member of the Public Art Network Council of Americans for the Arts. A registered architect, in a past life she practiced architecture in New York. She has a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University, and earned her bachelor's in architecture with a minor in Latin from Barnard College.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

You are invited to DO SOMETHING at ARTS at King Street Station - a cultural space that celebrates the creativity of communities of color, and that reflects and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

We are seeking proposals for exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, readings, screenings, gatherings, events, and more. You do not need to live in Seattle, and you do not need to be a professional artist to apply. All creative mediums are welcome - visual arts, design, literary, music, dance, and more. Apply any time with our rolling deadline. All selected proposals are resourced, with support ranging from in-kind staffing and space, up to $25,000, depending on scale and type.

The selection criteria used by our Advisory panel are listed in the application Guidelines, so make sure to read them. 

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Eligibility

  • Individuals, artist teams, curator(s), or groups seeking support for a unique exhibition/art installation involving arts and culture.
  • People of all ages, especially youth and older adults, are encouraged to apply. Youth under 18 must include an adult contact.
  • Proposals that reflect emerging, established and mid-career work are welcome.

Organizations:

  • Mission may be focused on arts and culture or other areas.
  • Organizations are NOT required to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Grassroots or business organizations are welcome to apply.
  • For-profit and/or touring exhibitions are NOT eligible.

Budget

Applicants can request funding for the following set amounts:

  • Exhibitions - in-kind only, under $2,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000
  • Events - in-kind only, under $500, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000

Deadline

Ongoing; there is no deadline. Applications are reviewed every three months by the King Street Station Advisors.

Application review and contracting take time. Please share your event proposals at least three months prior to the desired date, or your exhibition/installation application at least six months prior to the desired opening date. You will receive a response within 90 days.

Application

For exhibitions and events, apply via this survey.

If you want to work on it offline, you can download the ARTS at King Street Station Portal application.

ARTS at King Street Station Portal Guidelines

ARTS at King Street Station Portal budget form

ARTS at King Street Station information packet:

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For more information or help on your application, please contact King Street Station Program Lead, S Surface, or drop in during ARTS at King Street Station programming office hours: 11am-12:30pm on the Second Wednesday and Saturday of each month EXCEPT December. We are here to support your application and provide guidance. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

S Surface

S Surface

King Street Station Program Lead

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s.surface@seattle.gov
(206) 256-5484

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of art, design and architecture, and the King Street Station Program 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 a 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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