Current Calls and Funding

Seattle City Light Artist in Residence: Development of Art Master Plan

A series of circles in rainbow colors.
231 Sun Tests by Jaq Chartier, 2012

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light (SCL), will commission one artist/artist team to serve as an artist-in-residence for the development of an Arts Master Plan. During the residency, the artist will work with SCL staff to research and investigate the work of SCL in order to create a master plan that will guide and inform future public art commissions. This plan will create a robust, cohesive long-range vision for how SCL's 1% for art funding will connect with community members, provide support to the arts community, and reflect the mission, vision, values and Race and Social Justice goals of SCL.

The artist/artist team will develop the master plan in two phases. The first phase will consist of conducting research and compiling information with the help of an SCL staff project team. The second phase will include the writing, designing, and review/revision of the master plan for publication and distribution. The master plan will serve as a roadmap to SCL and ARTS staff to provide input into decision making for future 1% for art projects and develop a suggested methodology for coordination.

Please see the full call for all details.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to artists based in the United States, with the expectation that an agreed percentage of residency time will be in Seattle (determined and based upon future Public Health advisory guidelines) with the remaining residency work to be conducted remotely. Artist teams of no more than two people are eligible to apply if the team is able to show evidence of past collaborative work. Students are not eligible for this opportunity. The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the City’s collection are eligible to apply, while the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process.

Budget

The artist budget for this project is $75,000. The artist/artist team will receive $30,000 for Phase I, the initial six months of the residency. An additional $15,000 is designated as a support budget for programming/projects implemented during Phase I. The artist/artist team will receive $30,000 for Phase II, which includes art master plan development, design, printing, and delivery, as well as the continuation of the residency for approximately six to nine months.

All project fees are inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs. Current Washington State sales/use tax rates apply to all artist contracts issued during the project, regardless of where the artist resides.

Deadline

Monday, April 19, 2021, 5:00pm Pacific.  Please allow ample time to complete and submit your application; applications will not be accepted after the 5:00pm Pacific deadline. 

Virtual Workshop

If you missed it on March 11, 2021, you can view the application workshop here.

We highly encourage first-time applicants to review it.

Application

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

Maija McKnight

Maija McKnight

Project Manager

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maija.mcknight@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7311

Maija has worked in the arts field for more than 15 years including serving as the Arts Coordinator for the City of Auburn, Washington and within the education departments of Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Asian Art Museum. With an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University and a masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, this former Montanan enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and making things out of metal in her studio.

Maija also speaks: Mandarin.

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster

Hollow Earth, photo by Jenny Crooks
Photo of Hollow Earth Radio by Jenny Crooks

In collaboration with Seattle Public Schools, we maintain an Arts Partner Roster of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations for The Creative Advantage, Seattle's citywide arts education initiative. The roster is a resource for schools seeking partners to meet their education and community goals. The application is open on an annual basis for new arts partners to apply.

Eligibility

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

Deadline

Tuesday, March 30, 2021; 11:00pm Pacific.

Virtual Application Info Sessions

Learn more about what goes into a strong application:

Monday, March 8, 3 - 4pm
RSVP here

Thursday, March 25, 12 - 1pm
RSVP here

Application

Read the application guidelines on The Creative Advantage website.

Apply on GoSmart.

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

Tina LaPadula

Tina LaPadula

Arts Education Project Manager

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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.

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.

Eligibility

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.

Funding

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

Deadline

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
RSVP here 
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 
RSVP here

Application

Read the full guidelines for this call.

Apply on GoSmart.

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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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irene.gomez@seattle.gov
(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.

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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rick.reyes@seattle.gov
(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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