The Delridge Neighborhood Development Association partnered with the Work Arts Readiness Program to produce a mural at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Photo: Jenny Crooks
The Delridge Neighborhood Development Association partnered with the Work Arts Readiness Program to produce a mural at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Photo: Jenny Crooks

Work Readiness Arts Program grant

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), is soliciting proposals from arts, cultural and community organizations interested in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old. Selected projects will serve between eight and 15 youth who have been recruited through the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative program.

Application

Applications for the 2016 cycle available in 2016

Materials

Deadline

2016
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Information
Jenny Crooks
Project Manager
Eligibility

Applicants may apply for projects that take place during the summer or during a flexible time-frame between July and the end of November. Projects with 90 hours of contact time may apply for funding up to $16,500. Projects with fewer than 90 hours of contact time may apply for a pro-rated lower amount.

The projects should strongly link arts learning with development of interpersonal, leadership and 21st century skills designed to boost academic, vocational and workplace success. Group project supervisors, SYVPI Neighborhood Network staff, and city staff will work together to ensure that participants learn both specific arts skills and the values of appropriate workplace behavior.

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Calls for Artists

Seattle Public Utilities Residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will commission one artist, or artist team of no more than two, for a six-month residency beginning in January 2016.

Grants/Funding

CityArtist Projects grant
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.
Ethnic Artist Roster
The Ethnic Artist Roster is a diverse list of artists of color who were selected through a panel process for exhibition opportunities in city owned or affiliated galleries.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.

Looking for Space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.

Grants

Civic Partners grant
Awarding two-year grants to Seattle arts and cultural organizations and investing in the broad cultural community, helping organizations make a rich variety of arts, heritage and culture opportunities accessible to Seattle residents and visitors.
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Professional Development

Racial Equity
Resources and events related to the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative.
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.

Have rental space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Cultural Space

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

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Manage your Award

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.


Online calendars

There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:


Daily and weekly papers

Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.


Neighborhood newspapers


Radio

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.


Television

Seattle Channel , the city's municipal television channel, is committed to covering local arts and culture. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle channel specifically covers the local art scene.

Local television stations are:


Funded Partners

2015

2015 Work Readiness Arts Program Partners

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association | Youngstown Pop-Up!
Two teaching artists will mentor eight youth to plan, promote, and produce a community cultural arts pop-up, including live performances, art gallery, and dinner. Youth will gain skills in art and music production, community organizing, and culinary arts.
$5,000
El Centro de la Raza | Youth Voices
Youth will develop artistic and professional job skills by learning to draw, sketch, and paint with mixed media, creating individual pieces and a group mural, assembling portfolios, and organizing an art show to display their work.
$16,495
Hollow Earth Radio | rad-ionYxs - A youth radio work program
A program that walks youth through the process of designing their own radio show. This program gives youth the power to create their own media based on their lived experiences while gaining skills in production, technology, and media literacy.
$5,161
Na'ah Illahee Fund | Gen7: Native Youth Art, Culture & Technology Summer 2015 WRAP: Building Strong Youth Through the Arts
Youth will engage with Native American teaching artists in a four week summer internship to build their creative writing, videography & culinary arts; and 21st century skills.
$13,860
Reel Grrls | Reel Grrls Video Production Workshop
Youth will participate in a sixweek after school workshop where teen girls will learn to critique media, use technology, and work collaboratively in small groups to create a final finished short video.
$7,500
Sawhorse Revolution | Youth Construction Company
Youth will take on the responsibilities of an independent contracting company in the process of creating a beautiful, moveable home for the Nickelsville community. Sawhorse will lead the process with two professionals and artists/makers.
$12,763
Seattle Art Museum | Design Your Hood Teen Art Workshop
DYH focuses on art and design as tools for youth development and community change by equipping and empowering young people to become active and engaged citizens capable of making a positive difference in their community and in their own lives.
$13,500
Seattle Aquarium | Art and Conservation: Teen Voices
During this six-week project, youth participants will partner with teaching artists to explore artistic mediums including poetry, screen printing and graphic design, and plan a community forum about environmental issues of concern to their communities.
$16,239
YMCA of Greater Seattle | YTech Community Voices
The project will provide employment readiness skills to young people through teaching basic media production and encourage youth to connect with a cause. The project will culminate in publication on the online youth voice forum, PugetSoundOff.org.
$15,198

2014

2014 Work Readiness Arts Program Partners

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County | Music Makers
Youth will gain creative music and beat-making skills, as well as 21st century employment skills and event planning experience through making music.
$6,295.70
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association | Delridge Mural Project
Youth will work with professional teaching artists to develop, design, and paint murals on two walls at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Murals will reflect the history of the area, and further establish an artistic identity for Delridge.
$20,625.00
El Centro de la Raza | Nicho Art Project
Youth will acquire professional and academic skills by creating and presenting Nichos celebrating people who have died or have influenced their lives.*
$10,908.23
Hendrix Music Academy | Summer Intensive Music Academy for Teens
A multi-discipline, 8-week intensive music program that teaches youth how to collaborate, write, record and perform music.
$22,043.00
Light for Life New Church | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Program
Youth will write and perform an original play at Rainier Beach High School. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production.
$18,225.00
LK Media | News Reporting 101: Tell Me A Story
This media literacy project will teach youth about news and telling stories. Students will hone reasoning, presentation, and thinking skills as they conduct interviews, write and produce news reports.
$4,921.88
Rubicon Foundation | Micro-Housing for the Homeless Community
A group of students, led by one professional builder, one designer, and one program director, will create a customized, portable home in consultation with residents of a Nickelsville community in Seattle's Central Area.
$13,297.50
Gen7: Native Youth Culture, Arts & Technology | Na'ah Illahee Fund
Native students will learn traditional and contemporary arts while building character and workforce readiness skills. Engaging experienced teachers and mentors, Gen7 is a way for Native teens to reflect on and begin to develop paths to healthy adulthood.
$7,868.00
Unified Outreach | The Unified Outreach Complete Training Program
Youth will produce an industry-level fashion show by taking on roles of artists and arts administrators, by participating in behind-the-scenes preparation work such as set design, graphics, web, video, music, sound and lighting.
$21,228.75
Urban Youth Chess/Anti-Violence Project | Urban Youth Chess \ Anti-Violence Project
A coalition of activists, leaders, former gang members and Seattle Police Officers will work together on a comprehensive training on role playing, acting, journaling and poetry with Southeast Seattle youth.
$19,936.00
YMCA of Greater Seattle | Youth Media, Youth Voice, Youth Employment
The YMCA will provide employment readiness skills to young people through teaching basic media production. The project will encourage youth to connect with a cause and will culminate in publication on the online youth voice forum PugetSoundOff.org.
$15,790.60

* This project was supported with funds through the Mayor's 2014 Summer of Safety Initiative. Youth served through this program were not enrolled in SYVPI

2013

2013 Work Readiness Arts Program Partners

Unified Outreach
Youth will take on roles of artists and arts administrators needed to produce an industry-level fashion show. Participants will learn set design, graphics, web, video, music, sound/lighting and more.
$22,846.00
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Youth will work with professional teaching artists to develop, design, and create murals on 12 SDOT signal boxes at intersections along Delridge Way SW.
$12,549.22
Multimedia Resources and Training Institute
Youth will create a video history of the Seattle Seahawks using creative writing for a sports broadcasting script, sketching, multimedia camera equipment, editing software, and library research technology. The project will also include field trips to Seahawks training camp, and RadioActive KUOW 94.9.
$22,632.95
Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition
This training program will engage a team of local youth in exploring the art of story-telling through various media and modes of expression as a channel for both personal and community growth.
$22,411.12
Urban Impact
Youth will learn and practice photography, dance, graphic design, and music production, incorporating elements of each into two events. Youth will practice marketing, advertising, and event planning as they showcase their art projects.
$22,357.93
Sawhorse Revolution
8 youth will learn aesthetic elements of design, and develop carpentry and woodworking skills while constructing a garden shelter for the community P-Patch. All workshops will be taught and supported by experienced carpentry instructors and mentors.
$9,166.00
Seattle Art Museum
Design Your (neighbor)Hood is an intensive multisession workshop focused on art, urban design and community change. Teens will learn from and work with design professionals to create their own project for public presentation.
$14,172.00
The Center for Wooden Boats
Students in this project will craft a traditional wooden boat. They will develop technical proficiency in wood working, wood refinishing, group management and leadership, on-the-water skills, and employment skills training.
$24,280.00
Totem Star
Youth will participate in a music business work-readiness program. Youth will record original music and produce a live performance while learning about music marketing and promotion.
$9,688.00
Current Grants for Organizations
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Professional Development
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.
Have/Need Rental Space
Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.
More Grant/Funding Opportunities
The Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Artists
The fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. 9/30/2015
4Culture
The purpose of the Tech-Specific initiative is to encourage the innovative use of technology in the creation and presentation of original performance work, two/three dimensional installation or sculpture, broadcast media or exhibition, and to foster new partnerships and collaborations between individuals and various sectors of the public and private arenas.10/15/2015
4Culture
King County and 4Culture are partnering to make a momentous investment in regional cultural infrastructure with a one-time program called Building for Culture. $20 million will support jobs to create large, small, urban and rural arts and heritage facilities, with a dedicated percentage directed towards Saving Landmarks, a program to preserve historic properties throughout King County. This is the largest capital program 4Culture has ever implemented, and is the first major investment in decades to support cultural infrastructure in Seattle and across the county.9/9/2015

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