© Daniel Torok, The Otherside, video still

© Daniel Torok, The Otherside, video still

66 projects receive support through the Individual Artist Projects program

On May 23rd 4Culture’s Board of Directors approved recommendations from the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee to support 66 artist-generated projects to benefit of citizens of and visitors to our region.

The Individual Artist Projects peer review panel reviewed 295 applications. Project budgets totaled $6,396,122 with requests to 4Culture totaling $1,694,894. Panelists recommended that 66 artists receive a total of $333,000 in award funds this year.  The criteria for this program includes: excellence as demonstrated in the work sample and project application, project feasibility, and the public benefit to the citizens and visitors of King County. A full list of the 2012 Individual Artist Projects recipients is available here.

A few projects recommended for funding include:

  • Debi Chatterjee of Redmond, plans to record Classical Indian Ragas and conduct free performances around King County.
  • Eunice Kim of Ravensdale, will use funds to support the creation of new artworks for exhibition, using sustainable, non-toxic printmaking techniques.
  • Daniel Torok of Federal Way, will complete The Otherside, his film about Seattle’s hip-hop scene and the artists who have shaped the movement.
  • Charlotte Sherman of Burien, to continue writing her novel about a murder in Mississippi of an African American who was a King County resident.

The peer panels review each application and in addition to the criteria, they carefully consider: the community that will be served, diversity of discipline and style, appropriateness of the budget, accessibility, other funding and support for the project.  This year’s selection panelists: Bill Anschell, Jazz Composer and Pianist, Shoreline; David Hsieh, Actor, Director and Managing Artistic Director of ReAct, Burien; Carolyne Wright, Poet and Translator, Seattle; Mitch Shepherd, Screenwriter and Filmmaker, Renton; Rafael Soldi, Photographer and Marking Director of Photo Center NW, Seattle; Yadesa Bojia, Visual Artist and Graphic Designer, Shoreline; Savannah Fuentes, Flamenco Dancer and Instructor, Seattle

4Culture strives to reach artists working around the County. From January 11th through March 6th application workshops were conducted in communities throughout King County, including Kent, SeaTac, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Woodinville and Seattle. On-line application guidance was also made available to applicants. Following the March 14, 2012 deadline, peer panels were held on May 14th, 15th and 16th for applicants applying in the disciplines of visual arts, literature, music, media, dance and theater.

4Culture encourages artists from across King County, working in all disciplines, to learn about our opportunities. Artists can access information about 4Culture’s funding programs by signing up to receive our on-line newsletter, which is emailed out monthly. It provides information about upcoming 4Culture opportunities for artists, such as: Gallery4Culture, e4c, Site Specific and our Touring Arts Roster, as well as, opportunities from other organizations and helpful tips from the field. Details on how to sign up are here.

 About Individual Artist Projects

4Culture’s Individual Artist Projects awards provide financial support for creative projects in all arts disciplines by individual artists residing in King County. Eligible projects may be at any stage of development including initial planning, development and final production. The presentation of funded projects provides public access to creative experiences to residents and visitors across our County. 4Culture is one of the largest funders of projects by individual artists in Washington State.