The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's investments in the arts make our community more vibrant, spur economic growth, and help further our ongoing pursuits of social and racial justice. These grants make meaningful impacts in our communities by expanding access to arts and culture for residents and visitors throughout our city. Our grant programs include Arts Mean Business, Civic Partners, CityArtist Projects, Cultural Facilities, Neighborhood & Community Arts, smART Ventures, Youth Arts and Work Readiness Arts Program.
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Learn the basic skills of recording and editing sound with audio editing software.
Learn techniques for high quality field recording of music, ambience, sound effects, and voice with portable equipment.
Hands-on instruction in the industry's most popular digital audio production system.
A detailed look at microphone types, pickup patterns, placement and use, both for live and studio applications.
Our workshop will give all artists a better understanding of how to protect creative work.
Now accepting applications.
If you have been looking for a space to work on your creative endeavors look no further! Starting this May, Feast will be making studio space available for rent to independent artists!
Ceramistas Seattle invites several emerging artists to join their studio in a work trade agreement. They exchange studio space for 20 hours a week assistance in and around the studio.
Partner with Vera to bring our audio education program into more communities
Grants that ensure organizations are equipped with the tools they need.
Project Support grants provide funding for arts organizations, community service groups, and local or tribal governments that provide arts events targeted to public audiences in Washington State. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, workshops, and services to expand arts engagement and arts participation.
Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants
Art & Culture Festival
Provides funding to arts organizations, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies committed to building community partnerships that improve the quality and quantity of arts education for K-12 students in public schools in Washington State.
Seeking artists for Marketing Campaign
Collaborating with the Georgetown Garden Walk, Cross Pollinate is an outdoor Arts event bringing artists out of their studios and into neighborhood gardens.
Artist in Residence to create an ephemeral art project on site at the Cross Kirkland Corridor
The Chase Gallery submissions are open for the 2017 season. We are seeking artists for the Winter and Fall Exhibition schedules.
Puget Sound area artists are invited to submit original artwork representative of Puget Sound birdlife to be used on the 2016 Puget Sound Bird Fest poster for promotion of the event taking place September 9-11.
Artists are invited to submit their work for a six-week, non juried show in Seattle Center
Beginning in 2016, the Seattle Metals Guild will offer two new grant opportunities, one for emerging artists and one for established artists.
This juried group photo show at Black Box Gallery will focus on Narrative and Story Telling.
The Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Center are seeking submissions for “Expressions Northwest”, the eighteenth Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Competition which takes place from August 4 - August 28, 2016 at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA.
Artists and artist teams are invited to submit qualifications for the Parking Plaza Lobby Stair Public Art Opportunity at San Diego International Airport.
Teach a workshop of your design for the Shoreline-LFP Arts Council's Create & Make Workshop Series
The City of Bellevue is accepting applications for two dimensional artworks for its portable art collection. Apply by June 1st on CaFE.
Juried Exhibition at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
Oregon Health & Science University is pleased to invite artists to submit an application for a three dimensional work of art to be located at the entry of the Center for Health and Healing South, 3485 SW Bond Avenue, Portland, Oregon. 1.
NEXT STAGE is a free business development program for young artists ages 18-24.
Participation in arts block party, project submissions, etc.
Seeking Summer artwork for our Summer Menu! Please read for more information.
Lusio is searching for light art of all shapes and sizes to be installed for the event.
The goal of the Artist in Residence Program (AIR) is to use art to inspire communities to think critically about waste, and encourage individuals to recycle and conserve natural resources.
The Orcas Island Film Festival, Orcas Open Arts and SIFF invites filmmakers to explore the San Juan Archipelago and use it as a canvas to create short films that inspire.
Artist and Artisan Booth Applications Open
"Community" Group Exhibit // May-June
Sculptors are invited to submit images of existing sculptural works for temporary placement (24 months) in prominent outdoor settings in Beaverton, seven miles west of Portland, Oregon.
We are looking for contemporary performance around the themes Body, Risk, and Future
Community celebration of the Arts
Call to artists for the Mukilteo Art Festival
Spokane Arts and the City of Spokane are inviting artists to submit designs for five new tree grates to enhance the pedestrian experience downtown.
Spokane Arts and Parks seek a lead artist to develop artwork and identify further art opportunities for the redevelopment of Riverfront Park.
The Federal Way Arts Commission is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a site-responsive outdoor public artwork.
Holiday Art Mart 2016
The goal of the AIR Program is to use art to inspire communities to think critically about waste, and encourage individuals to recycle and conserve natrual resources.
Puget Sound area artists are invited to illuminate the dark, misty and mysterious corners of Northwest winters by creating three-dimensional candelabras.
Artists from the state of Washington are invited to submit designs for five new tree grates to enhance the pedestrian experience and enliven downtown Spokane with more public art.
Kent Company has large wall mural project
Request for Qualifications for public art at the Performing Arts & Event Center Federal Way, Washington $350,000 Public Art Commission, RFQ Submission Deadline: May 6, 2016
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is seeking submissions for a juried art exhibit that will open at the Fort in September 2016. “Inspired by Fort Nisqually” is made possible with support from the Fort Nisqually Foundation. The foundation is offering a purchase award and several cash prizes.
Clark County Open Studios is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist by opening your studio doors to the public.
This juried group photography exhibition will examine contemporary landscape and architectural photography.
Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of prose as well as accomplished and dedicated writing teachers who are experienced working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting, as well as on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional-development advice. The prose writer-in-residence should feel comfortable providing mentorship in fiction and nonfiction.
Show your art to 10,000+ people and win prizes at the Shoreline Arts Festival
We are now accepting submissions for the June 13 2016 edition. Cine-City is a bi-monthly showcase and networking event for all ages and skill level within the local Seattle area and Surrounding Suburbs. We offer prizes to the top 3 winners.
“A Very Pitchin’ Brunch” is a first of its kind networking event that invites local filmmakers to come together over light brunch fare, to listen to other local filmmakers pitch film proposals.
The 2017 Juried Artist Series will consist of 8 shows a year and will feature one to four artists per show.
Lead mural effort at June 18, 2016 Festival
Shoreline Public Art Program seeks 2D artwork for Aurora Ave Banners; $1,000 honorarium
Aktionsart seeks proposals for a newly launched partner program, artist submissions, venue donations, and funding partners.
City of Shoreline Public Art seeks 1-year loans of outdoor artwork for placement near City Hall. $1,000 honorarium.
2-month exibition of temporary art projects in Carkeek Park, $500 honorarium
The Jansen Art Center Ceramics Studio invites ceramic artists to submit work for the 4th Annual Juried Cup Show.
The fourth annual ArtSquared is scheduled for the weekend of September 30-October 2 at CAVU Cellars, and we need artists!
Bellingham SeaFeast showcases and celebrates our rich marine heritage, thriving working waterfront, commercial fishing and seafood industries, and the culinary bounty of our corner of the Pacific Northwest.
You are invited to submit an application to the 121st Sequim Irrigation Festival Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair.
The University of Washington Department of Biology is seeking artists through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to apply for a commission to be located on the first floor of the new Life Sciences Building.
Holiday Art Mart in Mukilteo
Open Call for the Mukilteo Art Festival
The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park seeks new artists to sell small works and gift items
Salmon Days is looking for Artists
All artists 18+ are invited to submit proposals in any media. Work must be original and have been executed within the last two years.
VALA Eastside and Redmond Town Center invites artists, craftsmen and designers in all categories to submit an application for participation in the 7th Annual Redmond Arts Festival at Redmond Town Center
The 2017 Juried Artist Series will consist of approximately eight shows, each one a month long, taking place in 2017. Participation is open to all artists in Whatcom County. Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is required and can be obtained at the time of application.
The inaugural Seattle Arts Leadership Conference is seeking art for temporary installation on the Seattle University campus in conjunction with the conference. Visual and performance art are encouraged, and all art forms are eligible. The conference is April 23, 2016 at Seattle University, hosted by MFA alumni.
Polaris Dance Theatre’s annual outdoor dance festival returning for its fourth year this August!
The Dash is a grant to self-publish a comic to premiere at Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on November 5, 2016. Short Run focuses on indie, self-published, small press and handmade books from the Pacific Northwest and around the world-the work we choose will reflect that.
The Minnesota State Arts Board, on behalf of the City of Rochester, Minnesota, requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams for permanent, site-specific public artwork at the newly expanded Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Professional public artists or artist-led teams residing in Minnesota and in the United States are eligible to apply. Artists submitting qualifications for this RFP shall be at least 18 years of age, and must have successfully managed and completed at least one publicly-funded commission project with a budget equal to or greater than $50,000. An all-inclusive budget of $160,000 is available for this project.
Arts Corps, EMP Museum and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are hosting year 2 of the Hip Hop Artist Residency. We are seeking Hip Hop Teaching Artists who are exceptional creative role models with strong youth development skills and a commitment to social justice. The Hip-Hop Artist Residency aims to bridge the gap in access to arts opportunities for at-risk teens, empowering confidence, professional development in the music industry, and leadership identity by building participants’ skills in artistic expression and collaboration. From July 25- August 12, 2016, this intensive residency will serve 40 emerging artists through two tracks: the Vocal Track, which will foster self-expression through lyricism, rhyme structure, and delivery and the Production Track, which will emphasize media literacy, beat-making, and song construction. Participants will feature their work at a culminating event at the end of the residency. Following the residency, youth will participate in four monthly 3-hour cyphers (from September through December 2016) as a way to advance their collaborative learning.
A call for small works
Summer Instructors Needed for an Expaned Arts/Outdoors Program
Local Sightings is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new films, putting homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connecting artists from Alaska to Oregon in a week-long celebration of cinema from the region. This annual fall film festival features new films, juried prizes, killer parties and national industry scouts looking for strong new work.
Camp Solomon Schechter invites professional artists or artist teams to submit their qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a piece of Jewish interactive art at camp.
Grants for Artists and Arts Groups in King County
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2017 season of site-specific artist installations.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the nation’s only arts funder to award grants in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. As the first step in its funding process, the NEA has posted application guidelines for the Art Works and Challenge America categories for art projects anticipated to take place in 2017. New in this fiscal year is a pilot grant opportunity that is part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary initiative, Creativity Connects.*
Residency Program Funds (RPF) are for Seattle-based contemporary visual artists, curators, and arts writers who have opportunities to attend residencies out-of-state and need assistance to cover tuition, fees, and travel expenses.
You may be aware that the Hill-Snowdon Foundation recently launched our Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM)- a three year, $900,000 grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to support Black-led organizing as a means of building the infrastructure for Black institutional and political power for social change and racial justice.
Grants are cash support given for arts projects, programs and organizations by government agencies, foundations, corporations, individuals and private arts organizations. You most often need to fill out an application and submit it to the grant-making organization for consideration. If you are looking for funding for a particular art project or organization, here are a few tips and resources to help guide you.
- Think about your project or organization in the future. Start with the end in mind. Look at your project or organization's big picture. Who are you? What are your strengths and priorities?
- Create a plan, not just a proposal.
- Do your homework. Research prospective funders. Search locally first. Target funding sources that have an interest in your organization, program or project.
- Make sure the priorities of the foundation, corporation or government agency you're applying to are the best match for your work or organization. Go to their website. See who they've funded in the past. Review their eligibility requirements. Make sure you or your organization fits who they fund.
- Quality writing counts. A clear, concise, well-written proposal makes a difference. If you don't have much experience writing grants, or don't feel confident in your writing skills, find someone who does to review your grant before you submit it. Always proof your application.
- Get help if you need it. Take a grant-writing workshop.
- Get face-to-face time. Meet with the program officer for the grant you are applying to. Many funders have staff available to help answer questions or review draft proposals. Making a personal connection with funders before submitting an application can be invaluable in putting together the strongest application possible.
Tips for Individual Artists
- Have a well-written artist statement (half-page version, one-page version and a two-page version). Do not overuse "art speak" terms/language. Write for an audience who has never interacted with/seen your work. Keep it simple, clear and straight-forward. The committee reviewing your proposal needs to understand the proposal the first time they read it.
- Have good documentation/support materials of your work. Photographs and video documentation need to be done well. Save articles and reviews of your work. Project your images to make sure they project well. Check the viewing order of the visual support materials you are submitting carefully. Make sure the order makes visual sense to viewers. For example, if you are submitting a diptych, submit an image of the entire diptych first, followed by the details of the piece.
- Have two copies of the grant guidelines/form on hand (or make copies). Use one of the forms as your working document. Follow the directions/guidelines closely.
- Start the grant well ahead of the deadline and have someone proofread your proposal.
- Do not send extra materials that aren't asked for.
- Do not make lots of calls to the organization about the grant. Be organized with all your questions. They should be asked in one or two phone calls.
- For the budget, factor in your labor time as well as the cost of your materials. Make a list of things you'll need and their price. When you look for in-kind donations you will have a better idea of what you need.
- Organize a group of artists to research grant opportunities. It will take you much less time to research grants with more people looking and you can proofread each other's grant proposals.
Additional resources for grant writing tips and information are:
Want to get the word out about your arts or cultural event or exhibit? Here are some tips on sending out information to the public and local media.
Step 1. Gather all the details: who, what, where, when and why.
Step 2. Gather graphics for publicity. Gather photos, create a logo if necessary, work with a designer on the look and any printed materials.
Step 3. Write a press release and/or prepare a press kit and send to the media.
The Press Release
Press releases inform the media about your event and can inspire the media to publish a calendar listing or even cover the event. Click here for a description and example of the anatomy of a press release.
- Try to let the media know what makes your event unique or relevant.
- Be genuine. Exaggeration or inaccuracy will only hurt your chances of being a reliable media source. The more a press release reads like an actual news article, the better. Many smaller publications love releases they can print verbatim.
- Press releases should look professional and be easy to read. Type double-spaced.
- Make sure the organization's name, address, website and contact information is visible.
- Include the media contact's name, direct phone line and e-mail address near the top of the first page.
- Include a "pull date" (the last date of the event) near the top of the first page.
- Include a headline that summarizes the event and invites people to read the details.
- All the most pertinent information should be included in the first paragraph - the five W's. Who is presenting what, where and when? Why should people attend? Include information on how people can attend or buy tickets, locations of ticket venues or website, e-mail and/or box office phone-line information.
- Additional paragraphs can provide more descriptive information about the event, artists involved and quotes.
- Use your mission statement or general description of the organization at the end of the press release.
- If the press release is longer than one page, write "-More-" at the bottom of each page. At the end of the last page, include "# # #" to indicate the end of the release.
The Press Kit
Press kits provide useful background information for members of the press writing previews or reviews of your arts or cultural event. A press kit should be organized in a folder and generally includes:
1) Organization Information (front to back on the left side of the folder)
- Mission statement
- Brief organizational history
- Organizational brochure
- Feature articles on the organization or lead staff
- Board list
- Business card for media contact
2) Specific Event Information (front to back on the right side of the folder)
- Press release for the event
- Photos or artwork related to the event
- Event postcard or flyer
- Event program
- Artists' bios, if not in the program
- Preview articles about the event
Note: Do not include reviews of the event or previous events in the press packet. Most reviewers do not want to be influenced by the opinions of others.
There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:
- City of Seattle
- Craig's List
You must be an individual or organizational member of Theatre Puget Sound to post listings.
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Daily and weekly papers
Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.
- International Examiner - Contact
- Northwest Asian Weekly - Contact
- Pacific Publishing's papers serve the University District, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wedgewood, Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park, Broadmoor, Washington Park, Madrona, Madison Valley, Leschi, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, South Hill, International District and Kirkland. Contact
- Robinson News publishes Ballard News Tribune, West Seattle Herald, White Center News, The Highline Times
Most radio stations accept a written public service announcement (PSA). Some will take a pre-recorded PSA. Check the website of the radio station you think best matches your audience. Many stations belong to the Puget Sound Broadcasters Association or Washington State Association of Broadcasters . Both organizations list links to their members.
Local television stations are:
4Culture works to enhance the quality of life in King County by providing residents and visitors with a broad range of programs and services in the arts, heritage, historic preservation and public art. Find current funding opportunities for artists and organizations.
Artist Trust provides grants, resources and career training to musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, craft artists, filmmakers, cross-disciplinary artists and more. The organization also provides free resources for artists, including a wealth of services, artist opportunities, calls for artists, funding sources and much more.
Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC)
WSAC is charged with the growth and development of the arts throughout Washington state offers grants for artists and performers, organizations and schools.
Western State Arts Federation (WESTAF)
WESTAF offers grants and fellowships for artists and arts organizations.
Humanities Washington supports non-profit organizations, agencies and groups that produce programs and projects related to the humanities.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The NEA offers grants to individuals and non-profit organizations to advance artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA funds the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, museums, arts education and arts agencies.