Illustration by Eroyn Franklin

All those cultural activities that make life in King County so vibrant and interesting? Our Projects grants are behind the scenes on a lot of them, providing the resources needed to bring them to life. Applications for 2016 grants are open now! If you have a project idea and you’ve read through the grant guidelines for each program area, we recommend the next two important steps: take a look at how some of last year’s recipients are putting their grants to use, and come to a workshop.

Here’s a small sampling of how Projects funds are at work in your community this year:

  • Cara Benton received a Heritage Projects grant for her project, Road Story: People and Place on Rainier Avenue South. Working with youth and partnering with organizations such as Youth in Focus, the Rainier Valley Heritage Society, and Feet First, Bertron plans to document and interpret a 2 mile section of the bustling Seattle street using photography, archival research, oral histories, and walking expeditions.
  • The City of Kirkland used Preservation Special Projects funds to survey houses built from 1945—1965. With pre-WW II buildings well-documented, this allowed them to systematically study the dramatic growth that occurred afterwards, particularly in modern residential architecture.
Fiestas Patrias © SeaMar South Park, photo by Edgar Lopez.

Fiestas Patrias © SeaMar South Park, photo by Edgar Lopez.

  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers received Art Projects funds in the Group category to support their annual Fiestas Patrias celebration, which spans two days and two locations—South Park and Seattle Center—and highlights Latino dancers, music, and art.
  • In the digital project Stories Unlocked, local writer and teacher Stephanie Guerra used her Art Projects funds to help bring the all-too-often-ignored poetic voices of incarcerated King County teenagers to light. Get more insight into Stephanie’s process on our blog.
  • Benson Shaw used a Preservation Special Projects grant to work with BOLA Architects, Seattle Department of Transportation and the Department of Planning and Development to survey, research, and create a preservation plan for Ballard’s historic blue and white street name mosaics. Benson gave us an update on the project in October—see how it’s going!

Still not sure if your idea is a good fit for a Projects grant? Our free, informal workshops are where you can get all your questions answered, and get one-on-one help with your application. No registration required!

Workshops at the 4Culture Offices:
Heritage: Thursdays, January 28 and February 11, 12—1 pm
Preservation: Thursday, February 4, 12—1 pm
Arts Groups: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, and 17, 12—1 pm
Individual Artists: Mondays, February 1, 8, 22, and 29, 12—1 pm; Thursday, February 4, 5:30—6:30 pm*

*After this workshop, visit galleries for First Thursday Art Walk! Free parking is available at select garages.

Workshops Around King County (for Arts, Heritage, and Preservation applicants):
Kent Library: Tuesday, February 2, 12—1 pm
Kenmore Library: Tuesday, February 9, 12—1 pm

Applications for Heritage and Preservation Special Projects are due February 24. Art Projects for Individual Artists and Groups are due March 9. Good luck!