Current Calls and Funding

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster

Hollow Earth, photo by Jenny Crooks
Photo of Hollow Earth Radio by Jenny Crooks

In collaboration with Seattle Public Schools, we maintain an Arts Partner Roster of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations for The Creative Advantage, Seattle's citywide arts education initiative. The roster is a resource for schools seeking partners to meet their education and community goals. The application is open on an annual basis for new arts partners to apply.

Eligibility

Open to teaching artists, community arts organizations and cultural institutions serving students in Seattle.

Deadline

Tuesday, March 30, 2021; 11:00pm Pacific.

Virtual Application Info Sessions

Learn more about what goes into a strong application:

Monday, March 8, 3 - 4pm
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Thursday, March 25, 12 - 1pm
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Application

Read the application guidelines on The Creative Advantage website.

Apply on GoSmart.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Tina LaPadula.

Tina LaPadula

Tina LaPadula

Arts Education Project Manager

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tina.lapadula@seattle.gov
(206) 518-4205

Tina LaPadula is an East coast transplant and warrior for equitable art making and learning opportunities. For more than 15 years she poured most of her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award winning arts and social justice nonprofit she helped found. She has collaborated with The Frye Museum, The Museum of History and Industry and Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival to curate exhibitions and events that elevate the art and perspectives of young people. As a teaching artist, Tina has taught for Centrum Arts, Seattle Children's Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and afterschool programs. She has served as a consultant to many cultural organizations facilitating workshops on racial justice and the arts. Tina supports the growth and development of teaching artists locally and nationally, most notably as the founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network, as a faculty member for the WA State Teaching Artist Training Lab, as the former chair of the Association of Teaching Artists and on the national advisory team for the Teaching Artist Guild. Her writing and opinions have been featured by Americans for the Arts and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

2021 Youth Arts Grant

Yong Black boy painting a heart on a canvas

Photo by Madison Bristol

Our Youth Arts Grant supports equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle's Middle and High School aged youth. Programs occur outside of school hours and are led by experienced teaching artists working in communities to increase arts and cultural opportunities for young people from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.  

Data shows that the greatest disparities between young people who have access to arts education and those who don't are based on race, socio economics, home language and disabilities. As with all of the Office of Arts & Culture's Creative Youth Programs, Youth Arts Grant prioritizes programs serving young people within these demographics.

Eligibility

Individual teaching artists, art and cultural organizations, youth-service agencies, and degree-granting institutions are eligible to apply. Projects must take place between September 2021 - August 2022 and must be available for Middle and High School young people within Seattle.

Funding

Recipients will receive a total of $6,000 distributed over one (1) year for Youth Arts funding support (for programs in 2021-22). The $6,000 is available to support project expenses.

Deadline

March 22, 2021 at 10:59pm Pacific.

Virtual Workshops

Get insider tips on how to submit a strong application. A workshop and draft review will be held.

Information Sessions

Workshop 1
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021; 12-1pm
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Workshop 2
Friday, Feb 19, 2021; 5:30-6:30pm
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Draft Application Feedback

Draft Review 1
Tuesday, March 9, 2021; 12-1pm
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Draft Review 2
Tuesday, March 16, 5:30-6:30pm
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Application

Read the full guidelines for this call.

Apply on GoSmart

Info

For questions about the grant or help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Kristi Woo.

Kristi Woo

Kristi Woo

Creative Youth Development Project Manager

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kristi.woo@seattle.gov
(206) 727-8671

Kristi serves as ARTS' Creative Youth Development Project Manager and has a passion for cultural preservation, youth empowerment and community advocacy. Kristi is a former Arts Education Manager of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Education Manager for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Her innovation in bridge-building amongst schools, families and artists along with advocacy in underserved communities around arts education is well respected. She has worked and volunteered with pluralistic communities in Seattle's Rainier Valley, Chinatown International District and Central Area neighborhoods for more than 20 years.

CityArtist Grant


Painting of an Asian man in a suit, swimmers around him.

Floating Gardens Project, by Robert Sparrow Jones

The CityArtist program supports Seattle-based individual artists/curators and the research, development and presentation of their work. Awarded artists will need to offer a public presentation within city limits of Seattle. We support a broad range of artistic and cultural expression reflecting Seattle's diversity.

NEW ELEMENTS: The CityArtist application has been simplified with these elements. Project description, budget and outreach plan are not required on the application. Only awarded artists will need to develop these items for the contract after selection. Selected artists now have two years to develop and present a creative idea. Options for final report are written or a virtual group sharing.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted this year in these art forms or disciplines:

  • Literary (including screenwriting)
  • Media/film
  • Visual

Traditional/ethnic and multi-disciplinary projects are always welcome, as long as a primary art form is one of the eligible disciplines listed.

Funding

Applicants may request the following set amounts: $2,000, $5,000, or $8,000.

Deadline

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 11:00pm Pacific.

Virtual Workshops

Get program overview and guidance on how to submit a strong application and virtual platform tips. A workshop and draft review will be held:

Online Program Overview Workshop 

Monday, Feb 8, 2021; 11am - 1pm
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Co-Presenter: City of Seattle Office of Economic Development-Small Business Advocate: Business License Tips  

Monday, Feb 22, 2021; 5-7 p.m.
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Co-Presenter: Seattle Channel: Virtual Tips/Tools 

Draft Review

Individual appointments: If available, send drafts via email by Fri, 4/2. Please RSVP for an appointment on one of these two dates, a project manager will call to confirm: 

Friday, April 9, 2021 from 12-4 pm
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Monday, April 12, 2021 from 2-6 pm 
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Application

Read the full guidelines for this call.

Apply on GoSmart.

Info

For questions about the grant or for help with the online application, please contact Irene Gómez.

Irene Gómez

Irene Gómez

Project Manager

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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.

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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Rick Reyes

Rick Reyes

Racial Equity Coordinator

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rick.reyes@seattle.gov
(206) 233-7177

Rick grew up in Tacoma, Washington where he was actively involved in the arts as a songwriter, musician, and patron. Since moving to Seattle to attend Seattle University, he has worked in the arts with affiliations at Seattle Theatre Group, MoPop, Napster, and Sub Pop. Rick graduated in 2018 with his BA in Public Administration, focusing on Equity, Race, and Public Policy, and Philosophy, specializing in Law, Justice, and Society. Most recently, Rick’s research includes access to creative occupations for youth in the Seattle Public School district, effective methods of art advocacy for public education, and a case study focused around the effect of disaster politics on public education systems. Rick is an avid concertgoer and can probably be found at any number of venues in the Seattle area.


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