Current Calls and Funding

Artists at the Center Grant

Three men of color play in a band onstage.

King Youngblood performs at The Armory, photo by House Tornado

Artists at the Center introduces emerging and established artists to Seattle Center, while broadening the arts and cultural experiences in the Uptown Arts & Cultural District. Selected artists reflect the city’s cultural diversity and have the unique opportunity to perform at Seattle Center, enjoy technical production support, connect with new audiences, and showcase their talents. Visitors to the campus and the surrounding neighborhood benefit from surprising and delightful pop-up performances throughout the year.

Artists at the Center is a multi-year collaboration between Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Seattle Center, with support from Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition and the communities surrounding the Seattle Center campus. This project is made possible by a 10-year community benefit grant from Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken.

Read the full guidelines.

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Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for this grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are an individual artist, organization, or community-based group located in, or presenting work regularly in, Seattle.
  • You have a Federal Tax ID number (Social Security Number, ITIN, or Employee Identification Number) and are based in, or have current and active programming within, the City of Seattle.
    • Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nor are they required to use a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent.
  • You may submit only one application per year to this program.
  • Awardees from the current season (2023-2024) are not eligible to apply for the 2024-2025 season.

Your performance is eligible to be funded by this grant if it meets the following criteria:

  • Your performance will be free and open to the public.
  • You will have event insurance for the performance.
  • The performance will last 90 minutes or less.

Funding

You can apply for the following levels of funding:

  • $2,000 award (typically 1-2 performers), plus $680 in-kind production support from Seattle Center
  • $4,000 award (typically 3-5 performers), plus $1,235 in-kind production support from Seattle Center
  • $6,000 award (typically 6+ performers), plus $1,700 in-kind production support from Seattle Center

Due Date

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 5 p.m. Pacific

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

Information Sessions

Learn more about this opportunity and how to turn in your strongest application. We highly encourage first-time applicants to attend one of the below workshops or watch this recording:

Session 1 (Hybrid)
Thursday, May 16, 4:00 - 5:20 p.m. (Pacific)
In-Person: Seattle Center Armory, Loft 4
Virtual: Webex
RSVP

Session 2 (Hybrid)
Thursday, June 13, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m. (Pacific)
In-Person: Seattle Center Armory, Loft 4
Virtual: Webex
RSVP

Application

Apply online through the City of Seattle’s grant portal.

If this is your first time using FLUXX, you will have to create a user profile before you start your application. If you don’t have computer or internet access, contact staff as soon as possible.

Info

For questions about the program please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Project Manager, Alex Rose.

We have interpreters who can speak to you in your language, including American Sign Language (via video). Just call us and tell us what language you speak. Expect a short pause while we find an interpreter to join the call.

Alex Rose

Alex Rose

she/her

Bio + -

Partnerships Program Manager
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 Partnerships Program Manager, 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.

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster (Rolling Deadline)

Teaching artist Antonio Davidson-Gomez, courtesy of The Creative Advantage

The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for every student in Seattle Public Schools. The Creative Advantage is made possible through a public-private partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Foundation, and over 100 community arts partners.  
 
The Community Arts Partner Roster consists of individual teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through The Creative Advantage. Community Arts Partners collaborate with schools to provide:  

  • Student Art Residencies
  • Teacher Professional Development 

Please Note: An applicant can apply to lead student arts residencies and/or teacher professional development. 

Visit the Creative Advantage website for more information

Eligibility

Open to teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions serving students, teachers, and schools in Seattle with three (3) or more years of teaching experience. Applicants must be over the age of 18.

The Roster application is open, and will stay open year-round for new artists, teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions to apply. Applications will be vetted and approved by Creative Advantage Advisors, through a panel process three times annually (March, June, October). Roster Advisors are Seattle Public School teacher leaders and current Roster partners. 

Review Deadlines:

  • Applications submitted between 10/11/23 and by 5 PM (PST) 3/1/24 will be reviewed during the March review cycle
  • Applications submitted between 3/1/24 and by 5 PM (PST) 6/7/24 will be reviewed during the June review cycle
  • Applications submitted between 6/7/24 and by 5 PM (PST) 10/11/24 will be reviewed during the October review cycle

An applicant can apply to provide both student art residencies and/or professional development opportunities for teachers and will have the option to indicate that on the application.

Application

Apply on 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, Tina LaPadula.

We can speak to you in your language, including American Sign Language. Just call us and tell us what language you speak. Expect a short pause while we find an interpreter to join the call.

Tina LaPadula

Tina LaPadula

she/her

Bio + -

Arts Education Project Manager
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.

smART Ventures Grant (Rolling Due Date)

A woman smiling as she creates a diamond symbol with her hands.
Black Arts Love by Jenny Crooks

smART Ventures is flexible, inclusive, simple, and encourages innovation by individuals, organizations, and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs. smART Ventures provides support ranging from $500 to $1,000, proving that small investments can have big impacts.  

Read the full guidelines.

Eligibility

  • Individuals or groups of people – including youth and older adults – seeking support for a unique project, opportunity, or event involving arts and culture and not currently funded by our office
  • Organizations – arts and culture and others – organizations do NOT have to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status
    • emerging (less than 3 years old), OR
    • not currently funded by our office, OR
    • grassroots or business organizations
  • Practicing artists not currently funded by our office and who have never received a CityArtist grant before

Due Date

The application is open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application

Apply here.

Info

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

We can speak to you in your language, including American Sign Language. Just call us and tell us what language you speak. Expect a short pause while we find an interpreter to join the call.

Kristi Woo

Kristi Woo

she/her

Bio + -

Creative Youth Development Project Manager
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.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) Facility Grant

10 dancers practicing dance routines in the Grand Rehearsal Hall

The LHPAI Facility Grant aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle. The LHPAI Facility Grant seeks to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American and Diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies.

The LHPAI Facility Grant provides in-kind support for public projects, opportunities, or events presented by individuals, groups, organizations, or communities. The grant takes the form of up to 40 hours of staffed building use for a public arts or cultural event at LHPAI. The LHPAI Facility Grant consists solely of facility use and staff time.

There is no monetary investment associated with this grant.

Read the full guidelines.

Eligibility

  • Individuals, organizations, communities, or groups of people - including youth and older adults - seeking support for a unique public project, opportunity, or event involving African American and Diaspora arts and culture may apply.
  • Only events open to the public may receive the LHPAI Facility Grant. Private events are ineligible. Public events may still charge an entrance fee for their events.
  • Organizations — arts and culture and others — are NOT required to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status

Due Date

The application is open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application

Apply here.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Sandra Boas-DuPree.

We can speak to you in your language, including American Sign Language. Just call us and tell us what language you speak. Expect a short pause while we find an interpreter to join the call.

Jahi Bouvier McGhee

Jahi Bouvier McGhee

(They/Them)
Facilties Rental Coordinator

Bio + -

jahi.mcghee@seattle.gov
206-684-4758

Jahi Bouvier, born and raised in Seattle with family ties to the Central District, is a visual artist and activist. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Eastern Washington University, Jahi ran D1 track & field and joined the first African American fraternity, the highly esteemed Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc.

With a background in digital photography Jahi combines their technical skills with their passion for activism to create thought-provoking pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and socially relevant and has exhibited their work in various locations including Caffe Zingaro, Boston Consulting Group, Belltown Artwalk, and Seattle Credit Union to name a few.

When Jahi isn't creating art, they can often be found volunteering in their community, working behind the scenes of various esports productions as an assistant broadcast engineer, advocating for social/economic/environmental change, and performing as a legacy member of the kickball organization BaseGods.


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