smART ventures grant
As a small awards program, smART ventures encourages innovation and widens cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs.
Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple. It provides support ranging from $500 to $1,000, proving that small investments can have big impacts.
Before applying, you must have your proposal idea reviewed by one of our staff. It is best to start this process at least 2 months in advance of your project. Read the program guidelines, short application and frequently asked questions below. Then email Jenny Crooks or call (206) 684-7084 to let us know of your interest so that we may assign a project manager to work with you.
- If my organization is more than three years old, may I apply?
No matter what your organization's age, you may apply if your group is not currently funded by our "Civic Partners," "Youth Arts" or "Neighborhood and Community Arts" funding programs.
- If I've received funding from your CityArtist Projects, may I apply?
If you are currently funded through our CityArtist program or if you've received funding from our CityArtist program within the last four (4) years, then you are NOT eligible to apply for smART ventures.
- If I've received funding from smART ventures before, may I apply?
Yes, but your chances of funding decrease if you have already received an award through the smART ventures program once before. Applicants who have already submitted successful applications through smART ventures are highly encouraged to seek out other funding opportunities available to them through our office and elsewhere. Applicants may only receive a maximum of three awards through the smART ventures program.
- I'm under the age of 18. May I apply?
Yes. We are happy to receive project ideas from young people! But you will need an adult who can sign the contracts and receive the funds on your behalf.
- What if my project takes place in Seattle, but I or my group is based outside of Seattle?
If you are based just outside the city of Seattle but your project or event will take place in Seattle and will benefit Seattle residents, you may still be eligible to apply. Please bring this issue to the attention of staff in your initial conversation.
If you are out-of-state or not based in the greater Seattle area, you are NOT eligible to apply, even if your project will take place in Seattle.
- Are all criteria for funding weighed equally?
Yes. Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria: audience expansion, innovation, community impact, artistic potential, public access and feasibility. Descriptions of these key criteria can be found in the smART ventures guidelines. Priority consideration will be given to projects that serve or represent underserved communities and / or are not eligible for our other funding programs.
- What do you mean by underserved community?
Any community that might not have as much access to cultural opportunities due to age, geography, ethnicity, physical differences, income or other barriers. The more you can demonstrate why the communities you represent or plan to target are underserved and how your project will benefit those communities, the more competitive your application will be.
- Do I have to have a business license to apply?
No. But if your project is approved, you will need a city of Seattle business license to receive funding. For information on getting a business license in Seattle, call (206) 684-8484 or go here. You may include this cost in your budget.
- Whose contact information should be listed in the grant?
Please provide contact information for the person who can best represent the project and take responsibility for making sure the project is completed and paperwork is submitted.
- Who is considered the "Authorized Representative"?
The person who is willing to sign all documents and take responsibility for the money if awarded. The Authorized Representative needs to be someone who is legally able to sign for the entity associated with the tax identification or social security number used for the grant funding if awarded.
- What happens if I receive an award amount less than I requested and then can't do my project?
Discuss this with a project manager. We know you may need to make changes. If the project cannot be completed with a partial amount and no other funding option is available, you may decline the award.
- If funded, how soon will I get payment?
City funding is awarded after your project is completed. Expect payment three to four weeks after all required documents, including your final invoice and report, have been received by our office. Missing documents or incomplete paperwork may delay payment.
Questions or to discuss applying
Contact Jenny Crooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 684-7084 to get started.
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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:
Projects are creative and diverse, and in 2014, over half of the 65 funded projects involved artists and communities of color or underserved communities such as the differently-abled or LGBTQ. Many served wide-ranging audiences including youth, seniors and the homeless.
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14/48, The World's Quickest Theater Festival features seven writers, seven directors, twenty-six actors, seven designers and seven musicians creating 14 original plays over 48 hours to be performed outdoors at Seattle Center.
The first Romanian Film Festival in the Pacific Northwest will present a selection of Romanian films from several genres including comedy, drama, documentary and shorts.
A Holiday card-making course will be offered for the first time in the South Park Community. The classes will be offered in Spanish and English.
An adaptation of "Robin Hood" that addresses the relevant issues of income inequality that will be performed at Rainier Valley Cultural Center.
An evening of live music and dance featuring dozens of local ethnic and revival groups specializing in traditional music from the Balkans.
The project explores and celebrates gender variance through art, poetry, and recorded interviews. There will be a public exhibit, interactive art installation and presentation as part of the Gender Odyssey Conference.
A free work-in-progress performance staged as a live jazz radio show that includes a live jazz musical performance at On the Boards.
An annual art show featuring work of artists across the state that reflects the journey through healing, recovery, acceptance, expression and development of identity.
Gifts of War is a live, cross-disciplinary, two-act performance exploring the result of what happens to women when they encounter endless cycles of violence.
Artistic cyclists from Germany will perform at assemblies in a number of elementary schools in conjunction with teaching bicycle safety.
Chance Fashion 5 Year Anniversary showcase of local, independent fashion designers' work at Neighbors on Capitol Hill.
To support the recording of two concerts at Town Hall to be streamed on a new online platform called "Second Inversion".
A 5-week summer intensive songwriting class to low income and ethnically diverse young women in the Seattle area.
An oral history project covering the artists, activists, homeowners, elders and youth from this dynamic neighborhood. A presentation will take place at Douglass Truth Library.
A series of demos and classes for people diagnosed with MS as well as family members and caregivers.
Three days of master classes in various forms of contemporary dance for students all around the Puget Sound Region followed by performances featuring both professional and student dancers at Washington Hall.
The publishing of a book that will feature photographs of local sustainable farmers by the artist as well as a book event and presentation at the Seattle Public Library.
Passport Series is a photo-based project that addresses issues of identity. A temporary "passport office" will be set-up at the Rainier Beach Art Walk and completed "passports" of previous participants will be displayed.
A community and family celebration of Kwanzaa, featuring African and African-American artists which will take place at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.
An interactive multimedia presentation for immigrant communities in Seattle to share inspiration, hopes and dreams through films, photos, live-music, spoken word performances and traditional oral story-telling presented by local and region artists to take place at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.
A month of curated visual and performance art that addresses queer black womyn body image, the unique relationships that they have with them, and stigmas and expectations.
A highly theatrical concert that will be a hybrid of ritualistic performance and a classic outdoor rock concert to take place at Schmitz Park.
Duwamish River Festival/ Festival del Rio Duwamish will feature interactive educational booths, kayaking trips, kids art activities, and multicultural dancers, storytellers and musicians performing on a riverfront stage at the Duwamish Waterway Park.
Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival is a month-long durational performance festival at Hedreen Gallery on 12 Avenue in Capitol Hill featuring international and regional artists.
Choreographer and healer Sarah Shelton Mann will come to Seattle for a two-week residency to create three new solo pieces as well as host workshops, classes, discussions and a performance at Velocity Dance Center in Capitol Hill.
Panama Hotel Jazz Performance is a program of original music and narration that tells the history of Seattle's 103-year-old Panama Hotel and the building's significance in the Japanese American Community.
A group art exhibit that will showcase the works of East African Artists.
A site-specific performance of "Attempts on Her Life" by Martin Crimp that will include audience interaction and participation exploring the themes of identity, community and the ways in which narrative is constructed in our modern world. The performance will take place at the University Heights Building.
An anti-oppression workshop that will teach tolerance and non-violence. The event will also feature an art installation to transform the venue into a "Safe Space."
Jackson Street Jazz Walk, a free multi-venue live music event occurring between 23rd Ave S and 16th Ave S on Jackson Street.
An event which will screen a documentary about the forms of participatory government that led to the rewriting of Iceland's constitution, followed by a talk-back with the director and Icelandic folk-musician featured in the documentary at the University of Washington.
A show will feature two-dimensional and sculptural art with performances dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of queer and trans artists.
"The Statistician," is a short film that attempts to reframe the issue of gun violence in America and will include a discussion guide for community groups and organizations to use.
"La Fille & Rose" is a contemporary dance piece influenced by the story of "Le Petit Prince" and performed at Fremont Abbey Arts Center.
A queer multi-disciplinary event showcasing local poet Landon Longhill, film, visual art, and dancing at Piranha Shop in SODO.
The project will feature two collaborative evenings of dance, music and visual art at Fremont Abbey and also include an outreach performance and class for youth from the nearby elementary school.
Playlist Seattle is a bi-monthly series of original one-act plays inspired by the songs of Seattle Musicians.
"Under the Influence" will showcase work by emerging artists from Seattle featuring work that concerns itself with the use of recreational drugs and alcohol and will also include a section of historical photos and information about Roy Olmstead, Seattle's most infamous bootlegger from the 1920s.
A series of 6 dance classes for mothers and daughters whose religious or cultural norms may prohibit attendance in other types of classes. The classes will take place in the Lake City neighborhood.
Welcome to Our Native Land Powwow! to be held at the 2014 NW Folklife Festival at Seattle Center featuring Tipi set-up, dancing and music demonstrations.
African Music Summit provides a multicultural connection between African music and Seattle local bands along with a free dance workshop in the Rainier Neighborhood.
Performances of a new contemporary ballet piece combining live taiko drumming, theatrical vignettes and fresh choreography to shed light on the topic of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.
Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 is the only LGBTQ romance fiction conference in the Pacific Northwest region and will take place at the Seattle Central Library.
A concert of four world premieres by a local composer featuring eight local professional musicians.
An evening of World fusion, Indian classical music, and storytelling presented by artists Madhu Murthy and Vishal Nagar in the University District.
COFFIN BREAK! Is an original and unique Halloween Performance that celebrates the holiday through multiple musical and literary composers and performed at Q Café.
Free recovery-focused arts workshops with adolescents undergoing treatment for substance abuse and chemical dependency at the Renacer Youth Treatment Center in South Park.
Michele Miller and Alana O Rogers will present an evening of new and repertory choreographic works that cover a range of themes including family dynamics, memory and dementia, identity and diversity, freedom and restraint, and bullying.
A festival celebrating the contributions of Italian Americans to the Northwest with entertainment, great food, and community exhibits in Georgetown.
Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist will read excerpts from her book "Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town" and lead a discussion at an event at the Alexis Hotel in Downtown Seattle.
World Pinhole Day Celebration that transformed Ross Park shelter house into a camera obscura, displayed antique cameras, and lead a portable camera obscura building workshop.
The 2nd annual festival featuring a variety of Turkish films to take place at SIFF Cinema.
The festival seeks to give several opportunities throughout the city to engage directly with local and international artists. The festival will host an evening of international comix with readings and discussions about contemporary comics from around the world at various locations around the city.
A curated Poetry reading event at the Beacon Hill Garden House Club centered on the theme of racial/gender inequality that will feature four nationally known and innovative poets: Patricia Smith, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Lee Sharkey, and Martha Collins.
Two contemporary Iranian artists and graphic designers will present Persian history and myth-based work inspired by Iranian storytelling tradition.
Hip Hop on the Water Festival 2014 provides a platform for new Seattle hip hop talents to showcase their craft to a young and diverse audience.
A project that incorporates film and live performances to celebrate key Afro-Latina women who have made an impact on their communities and on the World.
An exhibition of artworks created by people touched by Multiple Sclerosis.
In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, over a hundred artist participants from around the city will join TK tenants to create a day-long, indoor-outdoor event in Pioneer Square.
To support a production of THE LISBON TRAVIATA at Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill, as part of a month-long effort to support, encourage and bring to light the history and accomplishments of the LGBTQ community.
An original adaptation of many South African and United States historical sources, incorporating music, movement, and performance masks, based on Aeschylus' "The Oresteia." This creative collaboration with African Tree Productions from Soweto will perform at Crown Hill Center.
The 2nd Annual tribute to the renowned African American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, at Jaam Rek Studios & Pratt Park.
MELODY NELSON is an intergenerational community dance piece featuring an ensemble of dancers and community groups comprised of GLBTQ individuals and their allies presented at Velocity Dance Center in Capitol Hill.
An exhibit of artwork that is part of a month-long celebration of workers' culture to be held at Community Arts Creates' Collaboratory in Hillman City.
Home Away from Homelessness is an initiative to restore security through the creation of a mural in the garden area of NightWatch.
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The showcase brings together talents from the Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment, and Fashion communities to produce of 6 hours of Artist collaborations.
Artist Fernando Argosino will engage members of the Filipino community to create a large geographically correct cartoon map of Seattle that will commemorate relevant historical, contemporary, social and personal Filipino-American sites.
A community-based art project workshop that brings together local performing artists and community members representing diverse experiences in countries of origin, ethnicities and sexual orientation to write performance pieces based on their experience of movement, migration and identity.
To support a mural project as part of World Water Week at Chief Sealth High School International led by the artist.
The premier of "Luna" a multi-media dance performance by emerging choreographer as part of the Boost Dance Festival at the Balagan Theater.
The event features Roger Reeves and other local poetry advocates sharing their favorite poems and bringing forward voices that might not otherwise be heard. Participants will receive a free book of poetry.
Broken Spokes, written by a well-known Deaf playwright Willy Conley, is a drama about two brothers - one deaf and one hard of hearing - and explores relationships, memories, and power issues, using ASL storytelling.
Two Latino artists will present different aspects of the indigenous roots of the Dia de Muertos celebration through a performance, arts workshop, and talk at the Dia de Muertos Festival at Seattle Center.
To support the Kick-Off event for the Seattle Summer Butoh Festival that will feature Butoh Dancers dancing in various locations around Pioneer Square.
A Festival of Choro music with showcase, workshops, and community jam session. Events will take place at the Royal Room in Columbia City, Dusty Strings Music School in Fremont, and the International Capoeira Angola Foundation in the International District.
A community folk concert at ROCKit space in Beacon Hill to welcome new refugee families to the arts & music community.
An event that features performers and produced by individuals all under 21 years old. Three songwriters, two slam poets and two live painters will share the stage in this artistic collaboration at Fremont Abbey Arts Center.
A picnic with musical performances celebrating Gay Pride at the Duwamish Waterway Park for the South Park and Latino communities.
An ensemble piece that examines the roots of women's anger and violence against women through movement, poetry, historical facts and true life stories.
To support the creation of new work by the artist that will be shown at community engagement events with Garfield High School art students and The Healing Center as well as a formal public presentation of the finished work at the Virginia Inn in Belltown.
The first in a literary event series that features performers reading famous, beloved works of literature. The evening will feature performances of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself".
An original work performed in the style of Commedia dell'arte to be performed at Theatre on 19th.
Painting twenty-four King Street columns under the I-5 freeway in a classical Asian wave design with the help of local youth.
A six-month long event bringing contemporary video art to eight different neighborhoods across Seattle and featuring the work of 11 individual video artists.
A performance installation that attempts to bridge the gap between dance, installation art and architecture by exploring the relationships between these fields and searching for ways that each field can share information to inform the other.
A festival on Capitol Hill to showcase the traditional cultural dances and art-forms of select East African groups that include the rituals and customs that describe the cycle of life from birth to death.
A free community event in Columbia City featuring a live mural project, and three art-making stations for youth and adults.
An annual festival to give public recognition to the excellent work media students are doing and provide a networking opportunity for young filmmakers and film teachers in the Puget Sound region.
The fifth volume in a series of vibrant, multidisciplinary collections comprised of fiction, comics, poetry, photography and art, featuring the work of well-known, local and emerging artists.
To support concerts featuring Russian folk and Gypsy Rock music with Juliana & PAVA, and the Flying Balalaika Brothers.
To support the visit of El Habib Louai to perform readings and lead discussion about the Beat Generation writers in Morocco.
An evening-length performance that incorporates dance, theater, hip hop, in homage to an original member of The New Animals.
A concert at Town Hall that will highlight the music of Nina Simone through song, dance and post-show discussion about how to reduce the incidences of violence and racism in our communities.
A spoken word event accompanied by workshop and discussion featuring nationally known and local spoken word artists performing around themes of life challenges and social justice.
A one-night performance event featuring artists from people of color and queer communities including poets, performance artists, burlesque performers, musicians and story tellers to be held at Washington Hall.
Highland Park Elementary in West Seattle, in partnership with Pacific Ballroom Dance will participate in Dancing Classrooms, the standards based social development program for 10 weeks of in-school classes taught by certified teaching artist.
Concert presenting the work of local Chinese American composer, Austin Huang, an immigrant from China.
Presenting a performance collaboration to celebrate Women's History Month between local African American poets reading their own work and dancers performing their interpretation.
A series of low cost, spoken word classes/workshops to be held once a month and facilitated by teaching artists in the Seattle Slam community.
Traditional annual holiday show featuring performances from Seattle SeaChordsmen, Seattle Shores, and young peoples groups form Ballard High School and Kamiak High School.
The festival will showcase films and videos created by Asian American artist from across North America, with a special emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest.
A concert featuring Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Barber's "Knoxville, Summer of 1915," Poulenc's "Sinfonietta", and the World Premier composition of "Spring Grove" by local composer Angelique Poteat. The multi-aged, semi-professional community orchestra is based in collaboration and will perform at Roosevelt High School Theatre.
A three-day musical event featuring jazz musicians from Seattle and beyond that are led by, and comprised of women, taking place in various venues throughout Seattle.
An exhibit featuring photographs of the outdoors and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest and National Parks.
The festival program will include features and short films on broad issues of social justice such as the environment, food safety, LGBT rights, women's issues, racial equality, student debt, and economic justice.
A free, cross-cultural exchange, including traditional food, music, dance, displayed art work and sharing of personal stories and native traditions as well as an illustrated cookbook on traditional Russian and Ukranian food.
A Cuban music and dance residency with Justin Maggart and members of La Familia Valera Miranda in Chief Sealth High School's Spanish classes.
A series of ten contemporary dance-based performance events based on the theme of memory.
A production of "The Cradle Will Rock", Marc Blizstein's 1937 musical about social activism, providing tickets and educational outreach to foster children through Boundless Arts Performance Collective.
A performance of 3 French one-act plays performed in French.
To publish the second issue of T(OUR) Magazine, featuring writing and artwork about life in the LGBTQ community, as well as a reading party with selected contributing authors at Richard Hugo House.
Performances of "Number 2 Quebecois Robot Detective Agency", an all-ages play for student-audiences at Washington Ensemble Theatre.
The World Affairs Council will host a reception, photo exhibit and panel discussion with individuals who have lost family members in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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A production of "Jesus Hopped the A Train" featuring actors of color sharing the story of the incarcerated and how the laws governing the judicial system affect marginalized and disenfranchised people, with post-play discussions.
A visiting artist from Mexico, along with members of the Seattle Fandango Project, will offer free workshops on zapateado and fandango at different Consejo Counseling locations and programs to integrate movement-based arts in the process of healing and recovery for women who have experienced violence or trauma.
The production of "Death/Sex Election Year" features a series of one-act plays created by local emerging to award-winning artists and targeted towards younger patrons including many who identify as GLBTQ, low-income and as artists.
A two night performance at Town Hall for writers from the Bent community to perform their original work including teachers, students, and a featured poet.
To support classroom sessions for students at Aki Kurose Middle School, performing and creating original music inspired by books from school curriculum.
Photography exhibit "Haiti a Proud and Faithful People" featuring images of life in Haiti.
A weekly photography class for mental health patients to engage in art for social contact and personal expression.
The Fifth Wall is a component of 2012 City Arts Festival that focuses on the significance of four historical LGBTQ sites on Capitol Hill through interpretive performances by 12 artists.
A full production of "Ballard House Duet," a new work by local playwright, collaboratively developed by the playwright and actors.
To support the Seattle Deaf Film Festival showcasing feature and short length films produced by, about and for the Deaf Community.
A festival at Duwamish Waterway Park, featuring a mix of arts, culture, and entertainment celebrating the Duwamish Valley's diverse communities and Clean-up of the river.
The Radical Faerie Film Fest featuring short films that embody the radical queer sensibilities in the lives and experience of people who self-identify as "Radical Faeries."
The 17th Annual Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance Conference to promote Filipino Americans and other Asian Americans understanding of history, identity, current issues, cultural arts and media.
This exhibit collaboration with Cancer Lifeline healthcare facilities/galleries will create a multimedia installation on the theme of "Keepsake" honoring a person or an important event.
A radio broadcast reading of "The Last Night at Manuela's" by Buffy Aakash, read by the author and actors in front of a live audience. Chapbooks of the play will be published and the broadcast will be available as a free podcast following the reading.
An event combining a traditional tea ceremony accompanied by a performance of traditional and modern Koto music at Horizon House Retirement Center.
A kimono program presented by Kimono Master Ugawa Yu to introduce and educate guests on the uses of kimono and yukata using presentation, video, displays and live demos with models.
2012 SingCon, as part of an Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration, to empower Asian students and increase cultural awareness through music.
A reading of The Girl and The Fandango, including a music making program to encourage intergenerational learning.
A new exhibit, "ID x ID: New Identities" seeks to find and promote works by diverse emerging artists.
A 5-day intensive new play development process with 6 playwrights, 6 emerging theatre companies and actors.
Jackson Street Jam in the Park, celebrating diverse black music and culture with public art installations, youth education, music and dance performances, crafts, activities and more.
Full theatrical production of Odin's Horse by Robert Koon, exploring themes of Nordic mythology and environmentally responsible forestry.
Performances of "String," a show of dance and object theatre for young children ages 2-6 at the Beacon Hill Garden House.
A day-long market for emerging gothic artists in partnership with El Corazón targeting college students, at-risk youth and general public.
A showcase for artists of color with artist development workshops and writing circles preceding each show and followed by open mic, live band, and a featured poet.
Festival showcasing performing and visual artists highlighting S.E. Seattle diverse styles and cultures.
A dance/theatre collaboration between creator/performer Erin Pike, choreographer Ellie Sandstrom and visual designer Devin Petersen expressing the feelings of frustration and isolation that accompany obsessive-compulsive disorder.
A free evening festival of experimental media, participatory and contemporary arts at a variety of non-traditional neighborhood venues in the South Lake Union business district.
A variety performance showcasing Seattle's transgendered and genderqueer identified art and artists of all disciplines.
A performance of the Greek tragedy, "The Trojan Women" that examines the theme of class with modern parallels such as the Occupy Movement and the struggle for LGBTQ rights.
An Art walk in the "Beach Square" business district in Rainier Beach featuring arts-n-craft booths and entertainment plus walking tour of permanent public art installations.
A series of seven short films marrying theatre, dance and film, exploring the moment of epiphany from the perspective of six actresses.
A Community Exhibit: Celebrating African American Heritage in Classical Music at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.
Beacon Rocks! Summer Concert Series on Beacon Hill at the Roberto Maestras Festival Street featuring, dance, spoken word, martial arts and art-making.
An evening of African Music, dance workshops in traditional and contemporary African dance and a free concert showcasing two groups
Indigenous Cultures Day featuring modern and traditional cultural performances by indigenous people from around the world.
Celebrating the art and entertainment of Latin American cinema.
A one-night event celebrating the centennial of John Cage, including a multimedia presentation, documentary and concert in collaboration with Seattle Percussion Orchestra and featuring pianist and Cage specialist Steven Drury.
A short play festival featuring the work of nine local playwrights.
The 3rd Annual Rainier Court Community Festival, for senior housing communities with a high percentage of African, Hispanic and Asian residents to share their talents.
Present a three-day small press festival for emerging artists to network and showcase via book fair, exhibit, performances and silkscreening at The VERA Project, SOIL Gallery and Fantagraphics Bookstore.
"South Park Putts Out," local artist teams create mini-golf artworks that combine for a unique, interactive, multi-media putt-putt arts golf course for neighborhood residents to play as part of South Park's Night Out Against Crime.
A production of "The Illusion" adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner. The play explores the central idea that illusion, through art, is necessary, and that life would be unlivable without it.
A performance poetry show blending theatre, poetry, music and movement and featuring seven Queer identified poets including a few who have struggled with disabilities.
Free weekly beginner-friendly dance class to teach women of all backgrounds various styles of dance and movement.
Present free, hour-long workshops and performances by two Mexican dance groups to share, traditions for the Latino/Hispanic community at the annual Day of the Dead Festival at Seattle Center.
"Aaina: South Asian Women's Focus" at Seattle Asian Art Museum, celebrating the artistic work of and about South Asian women including a variety of media—film, performance, visual art, workshops and speakers.
A dance concert and video production to use in community presentations to discuss mental illness and art. Performances express struggles to maintain control in the face of psychosis and the stigma of mental illness.
To construct a larger-than-life inflatable float designed as a loaf of bread & bunch of roses for a street theatre production about worker's rights.
Two free ceramic exhibitions showcasing work by Seattle and NW artists during the NCECA conference with exhibition tours for seniors and patients from mental health programs.
Free public workshop event on women making music featuring a keynote panel, a participatory community music practice, and a local artist showcase.
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A celebration of the 17th of May Festival, Norway's Constitution Day. The day-long festival includes singing, dancing and a parade.
AMDEF 2011 is a five-hour event that showcases art, music, dance, and fashion. Works by established and emerging artists are presented.
A series of dance performances based on stories from ancient mythology and folklore at the Arts in Nature Festival. The pieces are performed by the Cabiri Troupe, a diverse group of acrobatic and aerial artists.
The Art Walk Consortium is an online resource for various art walks across Seattle.
Freedom Festival 2011 is a festival that celebrates the meaning of freedom today through cross-cultural community expression in the arts.
The Art Experience is a series of free introductory art classes for citizens in transitional housing as well as the homeless population along Aurora.
Heaven and Earth III: Cycles of Return is an exhibition of nature-inspired temporary outdoor artworks in a local park over a two-mile trail.
An exhibit at Cornish College of the Arts featuring 43 contemporary prints by both Oaxacan master artists and Cornish alumni artists to foster cross-cultural ties and strengthen a Seattle/Oaxaca international creative alliance.
Co-LAB1 Series is an annual collaborative outlet with a performance of original contemporary dances by independent choreographers and dancers.
The Flying Cinema Project, in collaboration with the Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), to create a series of films to be projected on kites. The kites will be installed in a number of places for public viewing.
All 4 1 a two-day festival of dance in which students and professional dancers collaborate to present two public performances and workshops.
"Navidad Afroperuana/Afro -Peruvian Christmas Celebration," to celebrate and educate Seattle communities about "Danza de Negritos," a Peruvian performance tradition.
The Duwamish River Festival, a family friendly festival featuring a mix of arts, culture, entertainment and activities promoting the work of the diverse and rich cultures of the Duwamish Valley and creating healthy communities.
The Good Vibe is a community resource fair with live music performance and activities for young people that promotes the positive use of space in public parks.
Art+Agriculture is an interdisciplinary event that educates the public about urban agriculture through the arts and inspires them to get involved.
PAGDIRIWANG is the celebration of Filipino culture and heritage through music, dance and art.
The Round, an interdisciplinary collaboration event curated and performed entirely by youth features songwriters, slam poets and live painters.
Seattle Art Car Blowout presents more than 50 modified cars from all over the U.S. in a showcase during the Solstice weekend in conjunction with the Fremont solstice parade.
A Bharatanatyam dance drama unraveling the eight personifications of Goddess Lakshmi.
An original dance performance in which food is the centerpiece. Spaghetti CO will investigate the relationships and memories that individuals and families have with food.
A staged reading of "The Gift" a new play with music exploring the lingering effect of slavery on African Americans.
A youth video art workshop plus artist talk featuring New York and D.C.-based artists Alison Brady and Sarah Knobel teaching basic camera operations and techniques.
The Jimi Hendrix Memorial Concert and Art Show celebrating Seattle's culturally diverse legacy of musicians and artists, and emerging artists from the at-risk youth population.
HERE/NOW presents improvised dance and music performances that consist of eight dancers and eight musicians randomly paired via direct audience participation.
A celebration of the new Central District location of Hollow Earth Radio with radio/music workshops and a live concert with music video screenings.
The After School Art Club provides a free and supportive space where students explore different artistic mediums with the support of a teaching artist.
Man Alone Productions will produce 12 shows of a full-length, dark and humorous play based on Edvard Munch's "The Scream."
A poetry workshop for women who have survived traumatic experiences. Poetry is used to promote healing and to share stories in a safe, supportive environment.
A collaborative performance in which poets are paired with dancers that improvise their interpretations of each poem.
NEPO 5 DON'T RUN, an inclusive family-friendly art walk through multiple Seattle neighborhoods including Pioneer Square, the International District and North Beacon Hill.
"Art in Focus," provides homeless and street youth with the opportunity to create art on what it's like to be homeless and culminating in a community showcase.
"The Show 2011: Catch the Dream," a multidisciplinary performing arts showcase featuring local college-age students.
Barnstorm is an event that features 20 artists presenting and performing new work inspired by activism, and social issues.
The creation of an altar-installation and opening of a multi-disciplinary exhibit and performance in recognition of Dia de los Muertos.
Seattle Fandango Project hosts workshops with musician and singer Alfredo Herrera from the Son Jarocho tradition from Mexico.
Intersections is a presentation of a cross-cultural musical experience by musicians who are either ethically, racially or culturally diverse and who play ethnic/culturally specific instruments or music compositions.
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A concert blending Middle Eastern, Balkan and Afro-Brazilian music, rhythm, vocals and dance by groups Abrace and the MB Orchestra.
A showcase of local male contemporary, ballet and tap dancers featuring new work by 16 local choreographers.
A collaborative festival of six new solo and group works by emerging choreographers for more than 15 local and established dancers in the Dark Horse Dance Festival.
An evening-length solo and group dance performances based on Middle Eastern roots.
Art in the Park, an event celebrating art by offering children in the Central District the opportunity to create art with community volunteers.
Art Lending Library lends original artwork to the general public for free. Funds support materials, management and delivery costs for the quarterly public art lending event.
A contemporary dance performance of an original work integrating electronics, including LED lights, heart monitors and microprocessors, responding to the dancers' movements.
The Bushwick Book Club, a monthly show for local singer/songwriters to create and share new music based on the book read for that month.
Form and Fluidity, an interdisciplinary (music, movement, fashion design and video) collaboration with seven local artists, choreographed by Catherine Cabeen.
A video documentary of interviews with female spiritual luminaries created and shared with Seattle's ethnic and immigrant women.
A workshop for 480 kindergarten through 5th graders on the culture, history and art of Japanese raku.
Circus Syzygy presents seven professional circus artists in a residency resulting in the original circus production Just Add Water.
A 1.5-month-long exhibition at Cornish College of the Arts showing 43 contemporary prints by both Oaxacan master artists and Cornish alumni artists. The exhibition fosters cross-cultural ties and strengthens a Seattle/Oaxaca international creative alliance.
A day-long festival demonstrating the value of drama and storytelling as a healing mode for persons grieving a loss from suicide, homicide or tragic accidents.
A four-day open community workshop with Butoh master Katsura Kan and a performance by Kan and DAIPAN members.
A concert for seniors of period music from WWII with a singer, live band and narrator.
There is a Field, Jen Marlowe's first theatrical venture using local talent to illuminate underrepresented Israeli/Palestinian issues. The play explores the real story of 17-year-old Palestinian-Israeli Aseel Asleh, who was killed by Israeli police.
The Ducks & Us Song Book Movie, about the delicate nature of human involvement with wildlife using music, lyrical story-telling, 2-D illustration, animation and video. The piece is presented as a movie trailer for a month at Central Cinemas and other film
A line-up of diverse local musicians at the South Park Bridge Closure Commemorative Event, which marks the historic nature of the closure and shares resources and information to help the community deal with the impact.
Volver, Volver, Volver, a one-act play by New Mexican playwright Leonard Madrid for el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead).
Pipeline to Success, a showcase for students in a peer mentorship program that focuses on middle and high-school youth in South Seattle.
An exhibition of seven ceramic diving helmets, large enough to crawl inside of, with glass portholes and brightly colored surfaces.
El Ultimo Coconut is a new solo theater work by Gerald Ford, Jr. about a geeky Latino teen's ambition to attend MIT despite his parents' lack of confidence.
Love Notes, an interactive installation for the 2010 Seattle Erotic Festival consisting of an oversized bed with uniquely-decorated pillows and two authoring stations where attendees can write, give and receive a random love note.
Premiere of The Infection Monologues, a performance piece created by and for gay men in order to expand the narratives of the HIV-positive gay male experience.
Ravens on His Shoes, a short film based on a homeless Native American man, takes on racial and cultural stereotypes.
Returning the Bones, a one-woman play based on the true story of African-American doctor Caroline Beatrice Montier, which incorporates 26 characters, multiple dialects and two languages.
16 Stories from 16 Square Blocks shares the obscure stories of the hidden communities and little-known individuals in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. Sixteen multimedia profiles will be showcased online as well as in storefronts.
An event celebrating the new Central District location of Hollow Earth Radio with a variety of free in-studio and on-air events.
A passport stamp book for Seattle Area/Washington State museums that encourages visitors to visit a variety of museums.
Parvaneh Daneshvar (musician) and El Ham Mirimi (dancer) teach traditional Iranian music and dance to Iranian-American children.
A contemporary dance residency by Zan Yamashita of Offsite Dance Project for elementary school children.
A dance performance of five new pieces with live music by Starry Night Chamber Orchestra, including one free rehearsal for three north Seattle schools.
Inner City Cornfieldis a patchwork of cornfield installations planted in urban parking strips along bus lines in Capitol Hill and the Central District.
Multi-disciplinary installation and performance featuring interactive installation art, new dance by three choreographers, video and new original music by two composers performed live by a DJ.
Friend's Enemy is an original production exploring tensions and issues of contemporary political life by following a fictional political figure who pursues a well-meaning path into an indefensible action.
Social dance lessons provided to students who would not normally have access to this art form at Seattle high schools.
Voronets Blue, a string quartet, performs a five-movement composition, including a vocalist in the third movement, as part of the 3rd Annual Occultural Music Festival.
A touring production of Arthur Miller's I Can't Remember Anything is presented by senior artists at senior centers for senior audiences about issues facing seniors.
Writers and musicians in a house concert on Beacon Hill partner with Garfield and Seattle Girls School by featuring youth writers as peers with the professional roster of artists.
Six performances of an original play with original music based on preconceived notions about gender in America.
Prayer is a traditional African dance and new choreography with African drumming and jazz saxophone performed for all ages at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center.
Hope: Something to Build On is an architectural model exhibit showcasing the design ideas of students, architecture firms and emerging architects.
An installation of the Seattle Band Map, a new living map continuously documenting the expanding history of the Northwest music scene. The public is invited to draw in their own bands or connections when the map is displayed in community venues.
Using a bicycle powered sound system, the Seattle Bicycle Music Festival features live local bands performing at various parks throughout the day.
EXPOSED: Little Saigon 2010—A Photo Contest encourages new awareness and interest in Little Saigon by soliciting photos on the themes of culture, the marketplace, spaces, places and food.
Animation on a String is a presentation of custom kites with miniature digital video projectors that project images and movies inside the kite.
Six Seattle composers/arrangers present contemporary arrangements of film composer Ennio Morricone's music for a 17-piece ensemble of Seattle musicians.
Art from the Streets is a visual art exhibit by Seattle homeless. Free supplies and instruction are provided. Monthly art shows are on First Thursday art walks in Pioneer Square.
100 Flowers Campaign is an exhibition of new photographic works by an emerging artist depicting 100 flowers, each inspired by a specific work of Western art.
A production of the one-woman play The Belle of Amherst by William Luce, with the addition of a live solo cellist performing new compositions for the play.
Visiting Poet Series is a lecture by noted African American poet Nathaniel Mackey.
Subsidized registrations for a day-long workshop led by six field experts on financial literacy. The event is co-presented by the Network of Ensemble Theaters as part of a national pilot.
A two-hour theatrical production based on race, sexual identity and class with six diverse poets, two songwriters and a team of filmmakers generating short films that are screened during the live show.
A multi-media presentation around the Chinese expulsion in Washington state during the 1800s. The event features live jazz, as well as educational speakers.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a theatre production offering significant roles for ten women.
In No Place Like Home, Orca K-8 students temporarily reincarnate seven vanished homes that once stood on their school playfield by taping out the floor plans, adding furniture and publishing stories about their occupants, based on historical research.
Six free, full-evening performances of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, with non-verbal vignettes in the amphiteater of the under-utilized Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park.
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Daedalus Rising, a free, family-friendly nouveau circus performance presented outdoors in partnership with the Seattle Parks Department.
A pilot week-long Take Part in Art Festival to increase arts access and encourage wider, more venturesome participation, presented by The Market the Arts Task Force, a volunteer association of area nonprofit arts marketing professionals.
The Teahouse Concert Series—three intimate concerts in a neighborhood setting showcasing jazz by established local musicians and a performance by tango dancers.
New choreography and original songs by duo Paige Barnes (choreographer) and Christopher Hydinger (composer).
Thirteen original compositions by composer Jherek Bischoff for a 40-piece orchestra, including amplified ukulele, gitaron and banjo, along with a composer talk at NOVA High School.
Well-known cabaret artists from around the world presented by the Seattle International Cabaret Festival at historically significant Seattle vaudeville/cabaret locations such as the Moore, Triple Door and Can Can.
Support for the week-long Juneteenth Festival, celebrating and sharing the significance of African-American historical culture and triumph over injustice through music, art and education.
Production and screening of Farther Along, a 30-minute documentary about the Senior Strummers, a guitar class for senior adults reinforcing lifelong learning and the oral histories of the participants. The event will include a performance by dance group, the Senior Sliders.
Two eight-week, after-school art classes for a predominantly Spanish-speaking student body led by Cuban artist Tomas Oliva Jr. to create sculptures exploring students' ethnic heritage for a school crest pole based on Native American totems.
Production of children's musical Something Big Has Been Here, based on the poems of Jack Prelutsky, presented by Anything is Possible Theatre and performed in segments at elementary schools and libraries.
Co-LAB1 Series: an hour-long performance of original contemporary dances by independent choreographers and 12 emerging freelance artists in all disciplines with an original score, arrangement and vocals.
Stranger Circumstances, a curated interactive exhibition of works and performances by seven artists experimenting in various media and styles to make connections with people they would never otherwise encounter.
Artists Shawn Diaz, Jeff Jacobson and Sam Wallis create a mural for the Capitol Hill Wall Project on the back wall of a building located on 10th Avenue between Pike and Pine streets.
In Between the Raindrops, a full-length documentary project with interviews and concert footage that highlights the rich history of Seattle jazz, including footage of prominent local jazz musicians filmed as part of the documentary.
Sixth Annual Decibel Festival showcase entitled OPTICAL 2: Beauty in Binary, featuring multinational female artists redefining new media performance.
Spirit of West Africa Festival, a day-long showcase of music, dance, exhibits and educational opportunities featuring local and regional natives of West Africa.
Production of an event that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of East African youth via drama, art, music, language, multimedia and a fashion show to inspire cultural pride.
Full Tilt, a series of dance auditions, workshops, rehearsals and two performances for original contemporary pieces led by three established choreographers to create peer networking and opportunities for local emerging dancers.
Presentation of photographer Noah Gallo- Brown's, 19, first art show featuring 30 photographs taken during six months of travel through Central America.
Off the Map, presentation of a lecture by a scholar and two artists complementing Hardy's exhibit on how new geo-spatial mapping technology inspires art creation.
Un Pueblo De Colores, a bilingual/multicultural dance concert featuring guitarist/composer Sean Hopps and Mexican dancer Diana Garcia-Snyder, followed by a community discussion on themes of multiculturalism led by South Park organizer Annie Farber.
A digital archiving project to make past issues of the International Examiner news journal and photos available in an online format to serve as a historical resource for the broad community and for educational purposes.
The first solo show of a photographic documentary portraying the characteristics and goals of families trying to achieve energy independence by living off the electrical grid.
Reggae band Kore Ionz, made up of seven members of diverse ages and backgrounds, present the Second Annual Cultural Awareness Concert for youth at the King County Detention Center.
Work-in-progress screening of Long Time Gone, a film depicting the effects of our time of war, environmental disaster and unrest on social values and human relationships.
Sustainability/Sostenibilidad, exhibit and special events showcasing 17 local established and emerging Latino/Hispanic photographers and writers.
The publication by Latino Cultural Magazine of 13 images by students participating in the South Park PhotoVoice program, which teaches photography and writing techniques as a means to empower students to express themselves through art and media.
To support the participation of three musical groups playing vintage music as part of an all-ages Centennial Celebration of Seattle's Leschi Park.
Piano Racket, the creation and performance of new, unconventional music compositions for the piano and toy piano.
The creation and performance of an original Spanish/English interactive multimedia children's show involving acting, live music and shadow puppetry, serving Latino, bilingual/bicultural families and audiences.
A MadArt presentation of work by emerging artists in the windows of Madison Park neighborhood businesses in effort to build community and encourage the public to discover art and local artists in unexpected ways.
Grins, Giggles and Guffaws focuses on the humorous side of aging and the funny reflections of 11 senior actors performing their own written material. The company provides an opportunity for seniors to perform and inspire other seniors.
Woolgatherer, a multidisciplinary performance created by two fiber artists, three choreographers (including an aerial dancer), a composer, a video artist and an installation artist.
Dare to Be Square, a three-day dance and music workshop centered on square dancing and traditional fiddle music, including regional and historic traditions, and caller techniques. Culminates in a public square dance with live music.
Drama production of When in Rome by 50 students at ethnically diverse McClure Middle School, including performances for the community and three other schools.
Installation, as part of the Moore's building-wide centennial celebration event, featuring projected 16mm film and 300 watermelons flooding the backstage bathrooms of the Moore Theatre.
Partnership with Labateyah Youth Home to create two large scale murals by the artist, whose work reflects his Native American heritage.
Fifth annual Northwest African American Fine Arts Exhibit, showcasing the region's African American artists working in both two- and three-dimensional media.
To present Cuban elder poet José Kozer in a writing workshop and two-hour bilingual readings at Richard Hugo House and Seattle University, serving the Latino and Jewish arts communities plus area schools.
Lyric Pieces Concert offering new compositions bridging classical and rock music in a laid-back format featuring artists Cristina Valdez, Steve Cresswell and Brad Hawkins.
Chinese Americana: The History of Chop Suey in the Greater Seattle Area. To collect, transcribe and give a reading of three oral histories from International District restaurant workers going back to the 1930s and '40s.
To support Access Art: Path with Art in the Community, providing access to cultural events for people in recovery from addiction and homelessness.
To support commission of artist Jeff Jacobsen to create a temporary mural with historic relevance to the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
A design contest inviting artists and the public to use their creativity and sense of fun to convert parking spaces into tiny public parks as part of the international Park(ing) Day event.
Community Spirit Summer Picnic 2009 celebrating the Link Light Rail opening with free multicultural music, with a special focus on serving seniors and showcasing the many cultures that make up the neighborhood.
Support for the first professional exhibit opportunity for the artist, whose work highlights the joy of belonging to both the Mexican and American cultures.
One-day Washington Cultural Congress registration for four Seattle arts administrators of color to collect anecdotal data among attendees about equity in arts management to inform a panel at the Congress, as well as a follow-up discussion in Seattle.
To hold a public performance and create a CD of the artist's original compositions, which combine music, sound, and technology.
A presentation of Will Eno's TRAGEDY: a tragedy, designed to engage artists and audiences looking to go beyond merely attending a play.
Using non-recyclable/non-compostable materials collected at the 2009 Green Festival, artist Kuros Zahedi will work collaboratively with festival participants to create an original artwork to be showcased at the 2010 festival.
Saudades and Sevdah, a Brazilian Bosnian Jam and Concert bringing artists from Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina together for a day of exploring the theme of "longing" from their musical and cultural traditions and culminating in a public concert, dialogue and social hour with artists and audiences.
Sponsored by the Recovery Café, the Glass House Project offers recovering people traumatized by homelessness and addiction the chance to learn about and participate in glass art via excursions to area glass arts centers and workshop sessions, culminating in an exhibit of their own work.
Production of a full color, dual language (English-Farsi) catalog documenting the Seattle-Tehran Poster Show, featuring city-to-city poster art pairings.
The development and presentation of a new 40-minute solo piece for hospitalized children and their families based on the artist's experience working in a hospital and with the arts of clowning (humor, exaggeration, physicality, self parody).
Seattle Percussion Collective's presentation of an open rehearsal and concert of experimental music for percussion instruments and chamber ensemble, featuring works by Milton Babitt, James Romig and Christian Wolf.
Screening of Safe Passage, a 10-minute film about how being at fault for a drunk-driving accident that kills your best friend is hell on earth, for teens in the White Center Teen Program. DVDs will be available for MADD, SADD and others.
Bhangra Bash 2009: A competitive dance performance plus post-show dance celebration featuring the East Indian popular dance form bhangra.
An evening of bilingual poetry readings (Chinese/English) featuring two writers and providing a forum on Chinese poetry, ancient and modern.
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Native Lens Program. To offer premiere public screenings of original films created by Native youth film students focused on raising awareness of issues relevant to them as a community.
Presented by Jewish and Islamic Bosniak groups, A Bridge to Bosnia: A Musical Journey will use a concert by Jewish, Bosnian Muslim and African-American performers as a bonding force for unity, diversity and inspiration for future mutual interaction.
To offer an arts-integrated project to English Language Learner students (grades 3-5) that empowers them to express and share their cultural pride through printmaking and stories of animals from Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia.
Storyteller Delbert Richardson will create storyboards for his presentation to be featured at Festival Sundiata. The story of the history and journey of African American people to the Americas is enhanced by authentic relics and multi media.
To commission, perform, and record a clarinet concerto from 21-year-old Russian/British composer, Alissa Firsova. The work will be premiered with the Northwest Sinfonietta at Town Hall.
1st Annual Northwest WAGFEST Conference, providing an opportunity for diverse, self-published authors to come together and discuss, process, and network. The three-day conference includes seminars and workshops.
Northwest Climate Change Summit: an indigenous Native American gathering using stories, music, and environmental presentations to offer climate change teachings and solutions. Summit participants include the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Longhouse Media Native Lens, Haida Heritage and 206 Singers.
Six community open house events for the Power of Show & Tell, a literacy program for at-risk elementary students in South Seattle who explore, interpret and share their personal and family experiences using photography, writing and verbal storytelling.
To present a full-length evening concert featuring two Latino-Hispanic composer/performers, Jovino Santos Neto and Alfredo Muro, in partnership with Benaroya Hall.
JP Patches & Gertrude Late for the Interurban statue will honor Seattle's own and America's longest-running kids show hosts. Kevin Pettelle's bronze sculpture commemorates 23 years of Patches Pals and plays homage to the nearby Waiting for the Interurban artwork.
Two concerts of verse by famous Russian poets of the 18th-20th centuries set to music by the artist Leonard Manevich. One concert will be in English and held at a senior residence and the second will be in Russian and held at a public library.
Nighttime Forest Fire. An original music-based performance piece by John Osebold created and performed for On the Boards' 25th annual Northwest New Works Festival in May 2008.
Gypsy Jazz. A concert highlighting the talents of middle-school string musicians by pairing them with professional musicians. Washington Middle School Orchestra will perform April 18th, 2008 at Town Hall with Joe Craven, and Darol Anger.
Rainbow Bookfest focuses on bringing together and showcasing writers of color and their works. During the day there will be panels, workshops, and youth activities. The festival will take place April 5 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.
Way Stations is an audio-guided walking tour to deepen people's awareness of life in Seattle's Uptown neighborhood. The creative team will compile stories, images and sounds of the neighborhood and its people, then make a free downloadable audio tour.
Simple Measures Chamber music ensemble will present the world premiere performance of a new work composed by Don Krishnaswami, Inward Morning, written for baritone, flute, clarinet and cello.
Restoration of a historic mural on a brick retaining wall located on the corner of 20th and Spruce. The mural marks the former location of the Black Panther Community Center and depicts Malcolm X, Angela Davis and the Black Panther Party.
Tilt Design Build Challenge is an annual design and construction competition that focuses on innovative housing ideas for marginalized communities, particularly the homeless, that are currently facing issues of displacement due to rapid urban development.
Artist residencies (3 periods each) at two Seattle public schools with diverse student bodies. Teachers will receive a newly created study guide and some 150 students will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about Brazilian instrumentation through the workshops.
BURDEN. A dance concert presenting several new works, plus the Seattle-area premiere of Burden by guest choreographer Susan Bienczycka. The project will include a concert in which individuals with developmental and physical disabilities participate.
Statewide High School Jewelry & Metal Arts Competition and Exhibition will provide high school students in Seattle and across the state with public and professional recognition for their creative vision and technical skills. The project includes an exhibition at SAM, documentation of the students' work and an award ceremony.
A re-imagining of theater simple's award-winning original adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. This site-specific performance in the Botanical Gardens at the Ballard Locks allows audiences to "happen upon" and journey through the park with Gerda, experiencing her point of view.
Visions from our Ancestors is a one day arts festival showcasing visual art, music, crafts, and storytelling from Native American culture.
Presentation of a two-hour workshop by working artists which shares basic business information needed for touring musical groups. The workshop will cover outreach, budgeting, booking, and promotion.
Support to help offset the costs of merging Wooden O Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Includes funding for promotional materials to notify the organizations' audiences, media contacts, and the broader community.
To present the third annual Beacon Hill Children and Families Festival to recognize and celebrate neighborhood diversity and link residents to community service providers. The festival, which is hosted by the Denise Louis Education Center, includes entertainment and activities that are representative of the diversity in the surrounding neighborhood.
To present the seventh annual traditional dance, music and vocal performances by the Bilingual Orientation Center's immigrant and refugee students at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Students representing 30 countries will don authentic costume for public and school performances.
Brass and Nickel - a first full professional concert produced by the artist, featuring a series of his compositions for low brass and electric guitar, composed and jazz improv styles. A septet of emerging and seasoned players will include the artist.
The Unregistered: A 2008 Election Cabaret will be created by DXM Theater in collaboration with First Hill's 12th Avenue and Seattle University communities. The process will stimulate community dialogue around voting and civic participation.
Sounds Outside is a festival of creative music presented in Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park. Featured artists include Chong Vu, Bill Horist, Wally Shoup, and Paul Harding.
Two jazz concerts featuring musicians from the greater Seattle area. The unique aspect of these concerts is the recruitment, selection, and participation of musicians of diverse ages, ethnicities, and genders.
Excerpts from The Soul of a Woman - a multimedia, multicultural performance piece celebrating women through dance, music, poetry and video. The diverse artists will present full-length public performances. An abridged version will be performed at women's shelters.
Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy -- six performances of an original, one-man, spoken word/theater piece that chronicles a journey to identity growing up "fat, dark-skinned, gay and adopted by white folks."
Artoleptic is an urban arts and music festival featuring aerosol muralists creating visual artwork on-site; hip-hop, indie rock, reggae, rock & roll and funk bands; art vendor booths; and artist loft open houses at 619 Western Building.
Jazz Ensemble Reptet will partner with Seattle Music Partners to perform two concerts for 150 students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary. The multi-instrumentalists in Reptet will also present an hour-long workshop with 25-30 elementary school students.
A Persistent Problem. A 20-minute film to be developed for the King County Social Justice Initiative that documents how local legacies of race and class inequity lead to health care disparities among Seattleites.
To present Good Food, a film documentary about farmers, ranchers and businesses bringing good food to Seattle. Stories involve farm workers, owners, food justice and reaching low-income people in all neighborhoods. The two screenings will be held in South Park and Columbia City.
To design and build a mosaic art panel created by 50 young and 50 older children of incarcerated parents. Children will work with a teaching artist to paint and lay mosaic materials for a front wall at a Big Brothers Big Sisters facility.
The Oh, My God It's So True Story of (Halle Berry) Halybere. An original short comedic piece combining different styles of theatre such as puppetry, Vaudeville and ancient Greek to be presented at Bumbershoot.
Painting Now! will take the artist to the next level in her career - her first solo exhibition, documentation of her work and enhancement of her Web site as well as targeted outreach to youth to create greater appreciation for the relevancy of oil painting.
Piney Ridge is a fictional play based on the historical events of a race riot. The artist will expand a 10-minute script to a one-act play with a full production. Post-play discussions will explore deeper social justice issues that are relevant to contemporary audiences.
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A Visual Journey Through African-American History. Artist will exhibit a four-panel photo collage of the African American experience for two weeks each in two public schools, culminating in a personal presentation and discussion of black history with students.
A two-month residency at the Hutch School, an accredited program for cancer patients and families, offering 20 hours of music instruction, rehearsal and performance for eight students (K-12), culminating in a public showcase for families and caregivers.
Spring 2007 evening-length concert featuring six works choreographed by Kristen Legg and involving 10 dancers plus designers. The company is also targeting a lecture/demo with Billing Middle School in Green Lake.
Rehearse and present three performances of Arauco, a play by Lope de Vega, in Spanish with English supra-titles. Twenty+ professional/community artists of all ages, Latino-Hispanics and non-Spanish speakers, are coming together to explore this classic work.
SPF1: No Protection. To present the first International Solo Performance Festival featuring six local artists and one international guest artist for a three-week series that includes one full-length piece and one evening of short theatrical works.
At Seattle Public Libraries throughout the city, a trio of performers Los Nietos will present a bilingual (Spanish/English) dramatic narrative of a Mexican-American children's story with music, appropriate for children ages 3 - 12.
Revise, print, distribute and present an upgraded edition of a 50-page handbook on document/photo preservation and storage with new text, graphics, images and layout.
Dark Matter. Produce/present an independent film short/demo (30-minute) transferred from Hi8 to digital form based on a gothic horror tale about the life/identity of an agoraphobic woman and a mystery man.
Healing My Broken Womb, a 45-minute. film documenting a personal journey of healing from domestic violence, managing the illnesses it creates and renewal through creativity. To be shared through a public screening and copies gifted to 10 shelters.
Second annual Refugee Artvocacy, providing King County refugee artists and performers the opportunity to share their art and gain pride and exposure, while raising awareness of refugee issues in honor of World Refugee Day.
Commission and help develop a major new concerto for trumpet and wind ensemble by composer Daniel Bukvich. Through commissioning and production, the project aims to derive a new "classical" trumpet repertoire for the 21st century.
Spicy Words & Voices II. To print a chapbook of literary works in all genres by Latino-Hispanic writers of all ages in Spansih, English and Spanglish for second annual public event on June 16.
To present Transfigurations, a photography exhibit by Jana Marcus in support of Trans Awareness Week and Gender Odyssey, a three-day conference in August and September.
Words Express-Pinoy Playfest. To present five staged readings of original plays by Northwest Filipino writers for the Pagdiriwang Festival in June.
GONZO (a newspaper for kids by kids) at Gatewood Elementary is an in-school program to produce a student newspaper by 290 students in grades K-5. Designed to give kids the experience of being heard.
Expand audience involvement—especially in the African-American community—by people who don't normally attend theater, through a community engagement program tied to the world premiere of Etta Phifer's Testimonial Shoe Kismet, by University of Washington graduate Shontina Ver
A Common Language: Seattle/Shenzhen Exhibition Exchange. To print a full-color, 60-page bilingual exhibition catalog that records an artist-initiated exchange with Chinese artists and a week of cultural activities for presentation in August.
To expand social justice programming to 15 diverse youth experiencing a myriad of setbacks with music lessons. Taught by Rock School musicians via their "tsBand All Access" summer program, culminating with a live performance.
Commission Jovino Santos Neto to compose a 15-minute work for an 20-person multi-national drum orchestra to be chosen and presented by Santos Neto at the All Nations Cup event.
Festival featuring local arts and crafts, diverse musical entertainment and a children's art contest as a way to use arts to connect neighborhood residents and build community.
Show Offs! gives voice to Delridge/Southwest Seattle youth, many of whom are low-income or youth of color, in an extended-format, open mic performance showcase, instilling confidence, cross-cultural understanding and positive self-image in the performers.
Left and Leaving. A multi-disciplinary collaboration to produce a 20-minute video, with original dance and music. A month-long installation in a Seattle gallery will include large still photographs and live performance elements at the opening.
The artist's first gallery show—at Richard Hugo House—explores the new internet culture of making and sharing with selections from her Dance Diary, an online blog in Chinese and English which uses writing and video to record a dance artist's reactions.
To help bring noted singer May Nasr from her native Lebanon to the 2007 Arab Festival. She will be the first-ever guest artist from the Middle East, the first female headliner, and may perform in an additional community location.
2006 smART Ventures Partners
Support for musicians' fees for a Composer Spotlight event featuring recent works by Northwest composer Donald J. Stewart. Project will allow Washington Composers Forum and Stewart to expand the scope of the Composer Spotlight format with an ensemble of 12 musicians.
The International Examiner's production Arts, Etc., a showcase of Asian-American artists, including a fashion show, musicians, visual artists and performers. A targeted effort to reach new immigrants will be made.
To present Home, Where We Came From, Where We're Going, a photography exhibit documenting the visual story of Hurricane Katrina survivors who re-settled in Seattle and their return trip to New Orleans accompanied by local students.
A reading of White Buffalo by Don Zolidis as part of Mirror Stage Company's Feed Your Mind series. The series challenges assumptions, bias and prejudice by presenting readings of diverse scripts.
Northwest SHARE presents the Festival of India featuring an Indian Doll Festival, traditional arts and crafts, live entertainment, and many interactive cultural exhibits and traditional gifts.
One-hundred homeless and/or at-risk students will attend shows by Seattle Children's Theatre, supported by study guides and pre- and post-performance workshops provides by the theater.
Street Vision - six-month photojournalism training for homeless youth. Youth will be trained in basic photography skills and create work to be submitted to Real Change newspaper as well as local galleries.
Gonzo: Hawthorne Elementary (a newspaper for kids by kids), is a nine-week after-school project to produce a student newspaper by 15 students in grades 3-5. Designed to empower children with voice and action.
Symphony Seattle - a concert exploring the history, culture and lifestyle of Seattle via music, including special guests: Seattle's tribal community, Pike Place Market fishmongers, Starbucks baristas, SeaFair Pirates, and more.
The North Arcade - musical comedy workshop production celebrating the Pike Place Market.
Jewish Arts & Culture Festival. To present an evening showcase of work by local, young emerging artists in all disciplines as part of an annual festival celebrating the Jewish culture.
Darfur Stories. In collaboration with Save Darfur Washington and Book-It Repertory Theatre, the presentation of a staged reading of first-person accounts that dramatize the crisis in Darfur.
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles - a new children's musical adapted from Jack Prelutsky's book. Production will involve Orca, Whitworth, Kimball, and Beacon Hill Elementary Schools to provide opportunities for youth to participate in all aspects of theater.
Presentation of CityPlay - an original collaborative play, blending the written and oral records of Puget Sound native peoples and settlers. CityPlay will commemorate and educate the public about the friendship shown by the Duwamish to Seattle's first
Completion of a 15-track recording, Jammu Aduna Peace for the Earth, and an evening of West African percussion to celebrate the CD release, featuring Thione Diop and several generations of Senegalese master drummers.
Support for expansion and skills improvement of a multi-generational women's community chorus that has been singing barbershop harmonies since 1953. Project includes a series of performances in senior centers and senior residential facilities.
Hillman City Centennial Time Capsule. A collection of community photographs, artifacts, documents and stories will be exhibited and later preserved for future generations in a time capsule, to reside at a new housing facility in the neighborhood.
Love is in the Air - two dance performances of six new works featuring guest company Seven Dance celebrating Valentine's Day at Capitol Hill Mainspace Theatre.
Souvenir d'Amour, an original cabaret in the French tradition, featuring multi-ethnic performers and addressed to both an American audience and audience's from throughout the French-speaking communities.
Solstice Solace, A Chinese Holiday Celebration. The 30-member Gu-zheng Orchestra will present live classical Chinese music to the public in a non-concert venue in the International District.
Muckelshoot Native Lens Premiere - a film-making workshop and screening for native youth.
Bold Bazooka Bonanza - an interactive comedy-variety show based on classic Burlesque comedy routines. Cultivates new appreciation for these rarely-seen routines, but also updates and adapts them to each live audience through improv.
Coming of Age exhibition, special framing of 48 art quilts for the 20th Anniversary exhibit of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association at the Seattle Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
Tempo of Recollection, a multi-media staged performance of Erwin Schulhoff's 2nd String Quartet using an ensemble of 10 musicians, actors and dancers, integrated with media projections. Aimed both to explore the work and attract young and new audience.
Bhangra Bash 2007 promotes contemporary South Asian culture and community through a showcase and dance competition featuring the East Indian popular dance form called 'bhangra.'
2007 Northwest Asian American Film Festival, a curated festival presenting feature-length and short film/media programs showcasing Asian-American filmmakers from North America and the Northwest.
Our Current Opportunities
The Art Gallery at City Hall Shoreline is currently seeking proposals from independent curators for exhibitions of 2-D and 3-D artwork (including fiber, sound, flat panel video, and unobstructive, wall-mounted sculpture) on the 4th floor of City Hall.
Propose an exhibition to take place anywhere in the world besides NYC
Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned 125 art installations!
THE HI-LIFE IS SEEKING NEW ART: SPRING SETTINGS
Open Call for the Mukilteo Art Festival
need a commercial artist/painter to paint butterflies
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.*
Seattle Writes invites writers to submit a work of flash fiction to the Door to a Pink Universe competition in honor of science fiction writer and Seattle resident Octavia Butler, who heralded libraries for their contribution to her development as a writer
Seeking Artist in Residence at Moorlands Elementary
Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists' Residency, located in Saugatuck, MI, offers courses, workshops, and artist residencies for students and artists at all stages in their career. In the summer MFA candidates and recent graduates and Arts Faculty residents can take advantage of the Ox-Bow community, which includes faculty, visiting artists and students.
Ox-Bow’s LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship program welcomes twelve fellowship students from schools all over the nation the opportunity to focus on their work, meet with renowned artists, and grow as a member of this unique community. These students live on campus in Saugatuck, MI for 13 weeks, where they participate in campus life as both staff members and artists.
16 artists are accepted for 2–6 month residencies and receive studio space, materials, use of equipment, housing, round-trip transportation, technical assistance, and photographic services.
Residency near Mt. Rainier
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.