Current Calls and Funding

2023 CityArtist Grant

Cherdonna Shinatra's "DITCH" by Jenny Peterson
Cherdonna Shinatra's DITCH by Jenny Peterson

The CityArtist program supports Seattle-based individual artists/curators and the research, development, and presentation of their work. Application is open to Dancers/Choreographers, Musicians/Composers, or Theater-makers (including Playwriters). Awarded artists will need to offer a public presentation within Seattle city limits. Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture supports a broad range of artistic and cultural expression reflecting Seattle's diversity.

Please see the full call for details.


Eligible Disciplines 

Applications will be accepted for artists working in these art forms or disciplines for this cycle:  

  • Dance/choreography 
  • Music/composition 
  • Theater (including playwriting) 

Artists who do practice traditional/ethnic and multi-disciplinary art forms are always welcome, as long as a primary art form is one of the eligible disciplines listed. 

The APPLICANT must be: 

  • a generative artist/curator who produces/presents art; 
  • at least 18 years of age by the application deadline; 
  • (If the applicant is the lead artist/curator of an arts or cultural organization), be able to clearly distinguish work for this award from the ongoing/seasonal work of the organization. 
  • Applicant CANNOT BE an enrolled in school, or be an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student in any degree program related to one's own artistic work or career.  

Seattle-based artist/curator applicant

*Applicants must provide a street address within Seattle city limits for their home or a permanent studio/rehearsal space in their name. A post office box, temporary rehearsal space or studio under a name other than the funded artist does not fulfill the residency requirement. If you are uncertain about your address (not all "Seattle" zip codes are actually in the city limits), an interactive city map indicating boundaries can be found here. (Please note that this is the Seattle Police Department's 911 service map).

Contact Project Manager Irene Gómez at for clarifications.  

Additionally, the following are ineligible for funding: 

  • recipients of any award from the Office who have not completed previously funded projects 
  • government-run programs 
  • religious services 
  • fundraising efforts or gifts 


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

Applicants are asked to select an amount that considers a future idea and its scope. Project and event details will be determined AFTER awards are official and during the contracting phase. 


April 20, 2022, 5pm (PT) 

Virtual Workshops

Session 1: Monday, Feb 7, 2022, 11am - 1pm PT 

Session 2: Monday, Feb 21, 2022, 5pm - 7pm PT

Draft Reviews (Individual phone appointments to receive one-on-one assistance)

Session 1: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 4pm - 7pm PT 

Session 2: Monday, April 11, 2022, 11 pm -3 pm PT


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


For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Irene Gómez, at

Irene Gómez

Irene Gómez


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Project Manager

(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.

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Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

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S Surface

S Surface


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Strategic Investment Fund Lead

(206) 256-5484

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of art, design, and architecture, and the Strategic Investment Fund Lead with ARTS. Previously, Surface was co-curator of The Alice, an artist-run exhibition space and writers' residency, and Out Of Sight 2017, a regional survey of Pacific Northwest artists. As Program Director at Design in Public, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated at the Center for Architecture & Design. Trained in graphic design, photography, and entrepreneurship at Parsons School of Design, and with an M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture, research coordinator and editor with C-LAB, Volume Architectural Journal, and the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a teaching fellow in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Yale University. Surface served on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility.

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