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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What can an artist expect when presented with a public art contract? How might a contract with a foreign governmental entity, or for a temporary installation, differ from a domestic sale or permanent installation? What provisions should the artist review carefully when negotiating the responsibilities of each party?
What will happen to your artwork when you pass away? Who will take care of the works you created and collected during your lifetime? Would you like your family to keep your artwork, or donate it to a museum, or sell the works to interested buyers? While every responsible person should have an estate plan to distribute their belongings upon death, an artist or art collector has an added responsibility of making specific provisions for their artwork.
The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2016 round of the Puget Sound Initiative: a funding opportunity for small to mid-sized dance and theatre organizations located in Western Washington, Central Washington, and the Greater Portland area.
4Culture seeks video art created by media artists from across the US, for presentation in our storefront media gallery located in Seattle’s urban core.
The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2017 Call for Entries for the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Exhibition
Metro Parks Tacoma seeks an artist or artist team to create an art strategy.
Twelve writers, selected by an invited curator, create new work during the residency to be presented through live readings, recorded interviews, a published anthology, and as podcasts.
Up to four artists/teams are selected to receive up to 20 hours of free studio time with an engineer, which they may use to realize the sound component of their project, with training as needed. Artists’ new work is presented in our gallery in the following year.
Up to eight artists/teams are awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer at Jack Straw Cultural Center; an additional 10-12 artists/teams receive matching awards.
Call for Sketchers, Plein Air Painters, and Artists of All Stripes
HEX and The Monstrous Feminine examines the mystical and occult tools available in contemporary art and adornment. How we conjure protection through spell-craft, talismans, and ritual
The Gallery at City Hall Shoreline in conjunction with Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council invites submissions for a group exhibition on the general theme of totemic items in our modern life, and the idea of identity through design.
Calling Northwest artists to exhibit in 2017 at the Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park
Calling Northwest artists to exhibit in 2017 at the Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park
October Submissions are open for the last regular show of the year.
4Culture seeks qualifications from CA, OR and WA state artists skilled, experienced, and interested to create large-scale paintings and murals in Seattle and King County, WA.
Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center is seeking design concepts in order to create a Veterans Reflective Space that honors our past, present and future veterans and recognizes the journey from combat to campus, military to student life.
You are invited to submit artwork for consideration to be included in the juried art exhibition at University House Issaquah.
Capitol Hill Housing and its Community Partners are seeking to hire a Project Curator that will assist in creating a comprehensive vision for art placement and art creation opportunities throughout the Library Bank Building.
The Ahdanehi Women’s Giving Circle is a diverse group of community women from the Seattle area. The Ahdanehi Circle supports the mission of Na’ah Illahee Fund and Northwest First People Siʔsiýeḿ in a number of ways.
Public Art for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture’s new facility.
LOS ANGELES BILLBOARD EXHIBITION
The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is seeking professional design teams and design professionals to submit their Statement of Qualifications for the opportunity to craft a conceptual design for the historic Maynard Alley, located in Seattle’s historic Chinatown International District.
Looking for Pitchers and Catchers (Investors/Crew)
Recognizing emerging artists in a variety of disciplines.
An exhibition and fundraiser event featuring hundreds of small artworks
Youth Art Exhibits in 2017
Visual Art Exhibits in 2017
Inspired the radical, interdisciplinary, intellectual and conceptual ideas of the mid-century feminist art movement, this call seeks work that offers new perspectives on that which is personal and political in contemporary art.
Looking for a short-term art installation on the Art Wall at our brewery tasting room
The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.
On the Boards Ambassadors are cultural and civic leaders who bring new voices and perspectives to programs; and share our programs with new communities.The Ambassador Project at OtB is now in its fourth season.
Looking for artists to show their work.
METHOD is accepting submissions from individual artists for a solo exhibition scheduled for January 5-February 25, 2017 Artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia in all media are invited to apply Note: Groups of artists that wish to collaborate to create one cohesive installation are also welcome to apply.
NW Chorale Call for Singers
Art submitted should be of or related to birds, and can be representative or abstract.
Call for artists, designers, creatives, makers and performers for PWLF Feb 1 - 4th, 2017
The Chase Gallery submissions are open for the 2017 season. We are seeking artists for the Winter and Fall Exhibition schedules.
Community celebration of the Arts
Holiday Art Mart 2016
The 2017 Juried Artist Series will consist of 8 shows a year and will feature one to four artists per show.
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.
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.