Each year, 4Culture staff hold workshops around the county for all our funding programs. Workshops provide new and returning constituents an opportunity to learn about programs, ask questions about your specific funding needs and project proposals, and be walked step-by-step through the application process.
Workshops for our Arts, Heritage and Preservation Projects opportunities are in full swing since those deadlines are coming up. We’ve just finished workshops in South, East and North King County. Check out the schedule below to see when you can drop in for one of our remaining workshops at our Seattle offices. 4Culture staff will also be available on a drop-in basis during 1st Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Want to find out if you are eligible for a funding program? Unsure of how to navigate the application process? Need tips on how to make your application stronger? Have a wild idea for a project proposal? Want to learn about new programs? All very good reasons to join us. We’re here to help!
Doreen Mitchum manages Arts Projects (Groups) and says:
“Attending a workshop is always so valuable for organizations large or small. It’s helpful for answering questions about eligibility and how to tailor your proposal to help the peer panels better understand your goals. I’ve also seen people at the table connect to develop partnerships with groups they may not have even met otherwise.”
Heather Dwyer manages Arts Projects (Individuals) and relays that often a workshop is the first conversation, of many, she’ll have with an artist about their project:
“I first met painter Pam Ingalls of Vashon Island on a cold winter day in 2011. She was one of many artists attending our Art Projects application workshops. I was pleased to see her application arrive. Her project idea was well thought out and the peer-panel voted in favor of her receiving an award. I recently asked her to write a guest blog post of her experience getting 4Culture support for what was once just an idea discussed at a workshop.”
Flo Lentz, manager of Historic Preservation programming, notes the Preservation Special Projects program is brand new this year, so attending a workshop is highly advised.
“Applicants that come to a workshop always have a leg up,” she notes. “Invariably these folks submit applications that demonstrate a better overall understanding of the program, and our review panels pick up on that.”
Brandi Link, Preservation and Heritage program staff relays why people sometimes prefer group workshops to one-on-one meetings:
“Time and time again I hear “Wow, it was so great to hear about everyone’s project! They’ve given me some great ideas!” from attendees, about other attendees, after one of our workshops. First time applicants especially, I think, walk in feeling somewhat intimidated, but leave feeling much more confident about our process and their chances of success. Advantages for both new and repeat applicants is an opportunity for one-on-one communication with staff about their ideas and the best way to approach their project that will resonate with our panels. No matter how many times applicants have applied, these workshops offer new insights and new opportunities for making connections. Not to mention which you might get a pretty good sense of the competition!”
UPCOMING FUNDING PROGRAMS and their 2013 deadlines:
Heritage Projects – February 27
Preservation Special Projects – February 27
Art Projects (Arts Groups and Individual Artists) – March 6
Our informal workshops offer a general introduction to 4Culture’s funding programs, as well as provide step-by-step guidance through the application process and an opportunity to talk directly with staff and hear from other applicants.
4Culture, 101 Prefontaine PL S, Seattle
Heritage Special Projects
Thursdays, February 7, 14 & 21
Noon – 1:00 PM
Preservation Special Projects
Wednesdays, February 6, 13 & 20
Noon – 1:00 PM
Art Projects (Individual Artists)
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26
Noon – 1:00 PM
Art Projects (Arts Groups)
Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28
1:00 – 2:00 PM
INTRODUCTION TO 4CULTURE – 1st Thursdays
Are you curious about 4Culture and want to learn more? Do you know someone who you think could benefit from our programs, but are not sure where to direct them? 4Culture hosts Introduction to 4Culture, drop-in welcome meetings during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk from 6-8 pm on February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2, 2013.
No need to RSVP, just stop-by to get an overview or ask a few questions. You’ll also be sure to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the nation’s oldest art walk night. Many King County Metro buses stop within one block of 4Culture. FREE parking is also available these evenings from participating garages when you receive a voucher from 4Culture. Participating Garages Include:
Visit our calendar and opportunities page on our website for information about additional opportunities, offered by 4Culture and through other organizations and foundations.