Current Calls and Funding

Seattle Civic Poet 2023-24

A Black woman with long dreads and glasses reads at the mic

Jourdan Imani Keith, Seattle Civic Poet, photo by Marcus R. Donner

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City of Literature, commissions and supports an experienced poet with a two-year City residency to serve as a literary ambassador for the City of Seattle.

In addition to annual City events, the Seattle Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the City, the public, and other artists, while celebrating the literary arts.

Please see the guidelines for full details.

Eligibility 

This call is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published/self-published works, reading/spoken word plus project planning experience, and applied racial equity practice. Applicants must:

  • Be based in Seattle (residence in the City of Seattle),
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Have demonstrated interest/experience in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts, and
  • Show strong program planning and implementation with partnerships.

Funding

The compensation for this commission is $15,000.

Funding covers a two-year period: time for writing, administration, other artist fees, performances, event costs, materials, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs.

Deadline

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 5pm Pacific

Please allow ample time to complete and upload your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Virtual Info Session

On June 15, 2022, we held an information session for applicants to learn more about this call and how to turn in your strongest application. Watch the recording of this session.

Individual Phone Draft Review
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
11am - 3:30pm Pacific
RSVP for June 21

Application

Apply via Submittable.

If you have trouble with Submittable, check their FAQ which offers step-by-step guides. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Irene Gómez, at irene.gomez@seattle.gov

Irene Gómez

Irene Gómez

she/her

Bio + -

Project Manager
irene.gomez@seattle.gov

(206) 684-7310

Irene administers ARTISTS UP and CityArtists Projects funding programs in addition to related technical support. She's an active member of the city's Race & Social Justice Initiative Change Team and volunteers on several boards and committees of a community foundation, artist collectives, and heritage organizations. Film, travel, friends, and being the parent of an emerging media artist balance interests outside of work.

Irene also speaks Spanish.

Centering Art & Racial Equity Grant

Hand drawn animation of Civic Partners transforming into C.A.R.E. grant

The Centering Art & Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) grant is the new name of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's (ARTS) funding program previously known as Civic Partners.

The updated name highlights the evolution of the program over the past ten years and reflects the values of racial equity, social cohesion, and the importance of art to our communities.

Please see the guidelines for full details.

Eligibility

The C.A.R.E. grant awards three consecutive years of funding to Seattle arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations with a minimum three-year history of providing accessible programming for Seattle residents and visitors.

To create a more equitable, vibrant, and relevant arts sector, ARTS prioritizes support for organizations with an arts-focused mission that are taking action to be anti-racist and who value, implement, and uphold inclusive practices through an intersectional racial equity lens.

Funding

Awards are based on overall score in relation to this program’s evaluation criteria as ranked by a diverse peer and community panel. Budget size is no longer a factor in determining award amount.

Funds may be used to support annual operating and program costs (staff, artist and other professional fees, facilities, outreach, etc.) relating to an organization's artistic and cultural services which are accessible to and provide public benefit to Seattle residents and visitors.

Deadline

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm Pacific, Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Please allow ample time to complete and upload your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Information Sessions

Watch a recorded information session (below with ASL interpretation).

Bring your questions, learn more about this grant and how to turn in your strongest application:

Session 4 (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
1 - 3pm Pacific
RSVP for June 1

Session 5 (Virtual)
Thursday, June 16, 2022
11am - 1pm Pacific
RSVP for June 16

Session 6 (Virtual)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
1 - 3pm Pacific
RSVP for July 19

Application

Apply on Fluxx, the City of Seattle's new grant portal. If this is your first time using Fluxx, you will have to create a user profile before you start your application.

Info

For questions about this grant, or help with the online application, please contact contact Cultural Invenstments Strategist, Kathy Hsieh.

TTY: Dial 711. Tele-Braille: (800) 833-6385.

Kathy Hsieh

Kathy Hsieh

she/her

Bio + -

Cultural Investments Strategist
kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9926

Kathy oversees the community-building, funding, and racial equity programs of the Office. A change agent in transforming the City's arts funding program through a racial equity lens, she helped the agency earn the Seattle Management Association's first Race & Social Justice Management Award. A leader with the City's nationally recognized Race & Social Justice Initiative, she has presented on numerous national panels, and is an adjunct professor on Asian American Theatre for the University of Washington.

Kathy is also a theatre artist and award-winning actor, playwright, director, and producer with a special focus on work that creates visibility and opportunities for and highlights the talent and contributions of, artists of color. She has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year and as an actor by ArtsFund in 2003, featured in The Dramatist Magazine as "50 to Watch" in 2007, received A Special Award of Recognition by The Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Awards for Excellence in Playwriting and Verizon's Asian Pacific American Bash's Innovator Award in 2012, and is the 2015 International Examiner Community Voice Awardee in the Arts.

Kathy also speaks Mandarin.

Hope Corps: An Economic Recovery Program for Seattle's Creative Workforce

Parade with Black young women in glittery costumes, dancing.

Washington Diamonds Drill Team at the 2017 Muddy Lotus Festival, photo by Jenny Crooks

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) invites individual artists, arts educators, cultural producers, arts administrators, and creative workers; small community groups; and arts and cultural organizations of all sizes to apply to participate in Hope Corps by proposing project concepts that:

  1. Generate career opportunities for the local creative workforce, and
  2. Contribute to the wellbeing and resiliency of our communities, over the course of either 6 or 12 months.

Hope Corps seeks to connect under- and unemployed workers in the creative industries with career opportunities—specifically through projects that meet the civic needs of our times—including:

  • Public health
  • Mental health and healing
  • Food security
  • Media, journalism and storytelling
  • Social connection and belonging
  • Arts education

Please read the guidelines for full details.

Eligibility

  • King County-based adult (age 18+ by Aug 1, 2022) artists, arts educators, cultural producers, arts administrators, creative workers; small community groups; or nonprofit organizations at all stages of their development or career are eligible to apply.
  • Projects must adhere to Public Health – Seattle & King County safety guidelines.
  • Programming must take place within the city of Seattle, and be promoted and made accessible to Seattle residents, workers, and visitors.
  • Applicants must pay regularly contributing creative workers a minimum of $1,500 per month (the equivalent of $30 per hour x 50 hours).
  • Projects must be new concepts, or regularly occurring projects/work that have been reimagined or otherwise address Hope Corps goals and focus areas.
  • Applicant cannot be disbarred, suspended, or have any other exclusions or disqualifications from receiving federal funding, resulting from violations of Federal criminal law, such as fraud, embezzlement, or tax evasion.
  • Awarded programs will be required to follow all current Federal, State, County and City COVID-19 mandates and protocols. Currently, the City of Seattle requires that all entities contracted with the City, providing face-to-face programming, be fully vaccinated. At the time of contracting, it will be required for awardees to submit verified evidence of vaccination. More information including Attestation Forms, FAQs and info in other languages are available on the City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement website.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects that do not address one of the focus areas of this program.
  • Activities that are not allowed by public health guidelines at the time of submission.
  • Capital improvement project.
  • Private fundraisers or events.
  • Projects that take place outside of Seattle city limits.
  • Ticketed events that do not provide an opportunity for the public to participate.

Funding

Funding amounts range from $15,000 - $300,000. Please use the following framework as a guide for requesting funding amounts.

6 month duration:

  • $15,000 / Individuals – employ 1 artist or creative worker over the course of 6 months 
    • $12,000 in wages (approximately 15hrs/week) 
    • $3,000 in discretionary budget (materials, courses/workshops/professional development, subcontracting) 
  • $30,000-60,000 / Small Groups – employ 2-4 creative workers over the course of 6 months 
  • $75,000-150,000 / Large Groups – employ 5-10 creative workers over the course of 6 months 

12 month duration:

  • $30,000 / Individuals – employ 1 artist or creative worker over the course of 12 months 
    • $24,000 in wages (approximately 15hrs/week) 
    • $6,000 in discretionary budget (materials, courses/workshops/professional development, subcontracting) 
  • $60,000-120,000 / Small Groups – employ 2-4 creative workers over the course of 12 months 
  • $150,000-300,000 / Large Groups – employ 5-10 creative workers over the course of 12 months 

Note: Projects must pay regularly contributing creative workers a minimum of $1,500 per month (the equivalent of $30 per hour x 50 hours per month).

Note: Any party that enters into a contract for Hope Corps assumes responsibility for local, state, and federal reporting to the IRS of related income and payments to creative workers.

Deadline

Monday, June 6, 2022, 5pm Pacific. 

Virtual Information Sessions

Watch a recorded information session to help you turn in your strongest application.

There are also two sessions to get feedback on your application:

Draft Application Feedback 2
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
4-6pm
RSVP for May 31

Guidelines

Please read the guidelines for full details on Hope Corps.

Application

Apply via Submittable

You can also preview the application without having to create a Submittable account.

If you have trouble with Submittable, check their FAQ which offers step-by-step guides. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.

Info

For questions about this opportunity, or help with the online application, please contact project manager, Alex Rose. 

Alex Rose

Alex Rose

she/her

Bio + -

Creative Economy Advocate
alex.rose@seattle.gov

(206) 459-6517

Alex Rose brings her passions for music, culture, and community to her work at the City of Seattle. As Creative Economy Advocate, Alex connects young people to creative careers, supports the Seattle Music Commission, and brings creative entrepreneurs together to network and access resources. With a background in digital marketing, Alex is drawn to the magic that happens at the intersection of creativity and technology. She is also a singer, producer, bandleader, and mom.

Alex also speaks Spanish.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

Applications for ARTS at King Street Station are currently on pause.

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Jenny Ku

Jenny Ku

they/them

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King Street Station Programming Lead
jenny.ku@seattle.gov
(206) 684-4186

J. Ku is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and has curated and coordinated scores of events and productions for numerous organizations and cultural centers in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond). In their role as Senior Events Coordinator for ARTS they support a wide range of internal and external events such as the Mayor's Arts Awards, Create City, Public Art Party, the grand opening of ARTS King Street Station, Hello | Goodbye: Viaduct Arts Festival, Welcome Back Seattle Events, summer concert series, and more.  

Before coming to ARTS, they helped found Burlycon and served as Director of Arts & Culture. As a visual, performing, and teaching artist, they have presented work internationally, including esteemed regional institutions such as The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, University of Washington, and Seattle Art Museum.  

Jenny also speaks Mandarin and a little Cantonese.


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