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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Funds available for neighborhood and community festivals and cultural events

9/5/2012  12:00:00 PM

Funds available for neighborhood and community festivals and cultural events
Information session: September 24, 2012
Application deadline: October 24, 2012

SEATTLE — Neighborhoods are the heartbeat of our city, and the festivals and events that happen in them give character to our city. Community groups presenting a neighborhood arts or cultural event in 2013 may apply for funding through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' Neighborhood & Community Arts program starting September 5 through October 24. Funds are fixed at $1200 per recipient, and in 2012 39 programs were funded including the Edible Book Festival, Têt Festival, Fiestas Patrias, and Honk! Fest West.

The funding program helps Seattle's neighborhood art councils and community-based groups produce annual festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, promote cultural participation, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture. A 2010 National Endowment for the Arts study showed that the accessibility and community strengthening aspect of these types of events make them particularly valuable.

Neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups may seek support for a recurring festival or event that has been in existence for at least one year, has a significant arts and cultural component, is open to the public and takes place in Seattle. Applicants are not required to have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status.

Funded organizations each receive $1,200 to support direct project expenses, including artist fees, marketing and promotional fees, venue and equipment rentals or other production-related expenses. Funds may not be used for fundraising or organizational administrative expenses. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 24 at 11:00 p.m. The guidelines and application are available on Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs website

Information Session
Applicants are invited to pick up some pointers on putting together a successful application at an information session, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm., Monday, September 24 at the 2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144. Space is limited; RSVP to Jenny Crooks at or (206) 684-7084 by Friday, September 20.

About the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of artists in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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