Tech Specific
Deadline: September 28, 2017 5pm PST  
Charlie Rathbun 206 263.1607

Updated Guidelines and Application for 2017 will be posted 6 weeks before the deadline

What is Tech-Specific?

  • 'Tech-Specific' is the latest iteration of the 4Culture Site Specific Program, launched in 2005 to provide funding and resources for the commissioning and presentation of visual art, installation and performance in alternative and non-traditional settings throughout King County, Washington. The goal of this program is to engage new audiences and participants in the creation and experience of contemporary artmaking and to expand opportunities for individuals to create and present their work.
  • The Tech-Specific initiative is designed to encourage the innovative use of technology in the creation and presentation of original performance work, two/three dimensional installation or sculpture, broadcast/interactive media or exhibition, and to foster new partnerships and collaborations between individuals and various sectors of the public and private arenas.
  • All modes of technology will be considered - from "hi-tech" to "lo-tech", including innovative applications of outmoded or existing technologies as well as the integration of emerging ones or those yet to be discovered. All methods of creative expression will be considered. The review process will focus on innovation and originality in both form and content.

Who Can Apply

Applicants MUST:

  • Be a resident of King County (at the time of application and through completion of the proposed project);
  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application (or youth with adult representation); or
  • Be an organization whose primary operations are based within King County

Applicants MUST NOT:

  • Be a school, school district or religious institution;
  • Serve as a current staff, board or Arts Advisory Committee member of 4Culture; or
  • Be a 2016 Tech-Specific Program selection panelist.

Local Arts Agencies

Local Arts Agencies are a network of municipal arts commissions based in 22 cities in King County. Proposals that do not identify a specific location or that wish to be considered by the consortium of LAA coordinators should indicate this in their project narrative. Where appropriate, projects may be selected and presented in multiple locations.

Project Requirements

  • Projects must take place within King County during the 2017 calendar year
  • Any physical or environmental artwork or installation must be temporary in nature
  • All projects must provide "public benefit" by offering an event, experience, or presentation that is open, publicized and accessible to the public
  • Funded project activities must occur after the project has been selected for a grant and a contract has been signed


Application Deadline: September 28, 2017 5pm PST

Application Requirements

  • Applications must be completed online.
  • The deadline for completing and submitting the online application is 5:00 PM September 29, 2016
  • Read all guidelines, and complete all necessary documents before proceeding to the appropriate online application
  • Anticipated 4Culture funding will range from $1,000 to $20,000 for selected projects. Matching funds, in-kind contributions, and community/volunteer participation are encouraged

A Completed Application Should Include

  • Written narrative not to exceed 1,000 words describing the proposed project
  • Estimated project budget including fees, production, promotion, and presentation expenses
  • Applicant bio(s) of relevant work history for each collaborator
  • Samples of applicant’s relevant work history which may include a website, CD/DVD digital video, audio, visual artwork, or creative writing
  • Work Sample Description including the context for the work and the artist’s role in the creation of the work
  • Indicate in project narrative if interested in being considered by LAAs and/or multiple venues

Review Process

Staff facilitates a panel review of all eligible applications. Eligible applications which do not specify a venue for public presentation will may be reviewed by the network of Local Arts Agencies. LAA coordinators will may submit a letter of interest for selected projects. The review panel will select and recommend the most highly qualified projects for funding based on the Evaluation and Award Criteria.

Evaluation and Award Criteria

The following criteria will be considered by the review committee in selecting proposals for the 2017 ‘Tech-Specific’ Program. In addition to these criteria, the overall selection of proposals will include consideration of geographic, ethnic and discipline diversity.

  • Applicant history of accomplishment and relevant experience demonstrated through work samples
  • Originality of project concept
  • Innovative use of one or more technologies in the creation and presentation of the project
  • Potential to reach audiences
  • Demonstrated feasibility and ability of the applicant(s) to successfully realize project
  • Appropriateness of concept to a public community setting

Ready to Apply

How to prepare your ONLINE application 

STEP 1 - Read all of the above sections
STEP 2 - Gather and prepare your information

Work Sample Submission

Applicants may submit work samples in two forms of media including a website URL. Work samples should be organized to accommodate approximately five (5) minutes of viewing time.

Website submissions

Website submissions should be clearly organized with instructions on the work sample description page to direct panelists to relevant work samples.

Audio Format

A maximum of three (3) work samples. Each applicant's work will be reviewed for a cumulative total of five (5) minutes maximum.

Way To Submit (choose one)
External Site Upload:
You may submit up to three audio files using SoundCloud. All submissions must be publicly accessible. You may not submit private files with a password (see below). Once you have uploaded your files to SoundCloud that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the SoundCloud URL (e.g. in your application, in the order in which you would like the files reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites.

If you need your audio files to be private, mail in or deliver one (1) CD with audio samples, in the required format. Label the CD clearly with your full name/group name and your discipline (e.g. music). All CDs must be self-executable and ready to play on a portable sound system.

Image Format

A maximum of fifteen (15) JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed. JPG (.jpg) files only. Images must be under 2MB, 1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi at least. TIFF and other file formats will not be accepted. Files names must use only numbers, letters and underscores. Label your images in the following manner: 01_LastName_FirstInitial. Example: 01_Smith_A, 02_Smith_A etc... Images will be presented one at a time during the application review process.

Way To Submit
Upload JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed, in the required format.

Manuscript Format

A writing sample, in English, on white, 8.5x11" paper, of no more than twenty-five (25) pages (plus one (1) cover page) with a minimum font size of 12 points. Include a cover page with your name and title of work(s).

Way To Submit
Portable Document Format (.pdf) preferred, (25) page maximum.

Video Format

A maximum of three (3) work samples.

Way To Submit
External Site Upload:
You may submit up to three videos using Vimeo. Once you have uploaded video selections to Vimeo that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the Vimeo URL (e.g. on the Work Sample Description sheet in the order in which you would like the videos reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites. All submissions must be publicly accessible (not private).

Mail in or deliver One (1) DVD with a maximum of three (3) work samples in the order in which they are to be reviewed. DVDs must be self-executable and if possible, with chapters. DVDs must be clearly labeled with group name and project title. DVDs will be played on a DVD player, not a computer. Test your DVD on stand-alone players prior to submission. MOV, WMV and other file formats will not be accepted.

Mail In/Delivery Instructions

Applicants may mail in or hand-deliver work samples. Mailed materials must have a United State Postal Service postmark of September 29, 2016 and be sent to:

Charlie Rathbun
101 Prefontaine Place S
Seattle, WA 98104


STEP 3 - Log into to begin your application

Note: Once you have submitted your application, you will still be able to print and save it for your files, but you will not be able to edit it. Please let staff know once you have submitted your application so that we may begin the review process.

This funding opportunity is currently closed. We will reopen the application for this opportunity at least 6 weeks before the next deadline.

Grant Payment Process

All 4Culture contracting and invoicing is now completed online through the application website. Once a grant is awarded recipients will receive notification of the award and their contract through email. After the contract documents are signed and approved, recipients may log in to complete an invoice for a first phase of payment. Recipients may submit their final invoice after the public presentation of their project is completed.

Scheduled Workshops

All applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop prior to submitting your application. These free workshops provide you an opportunity to ask questions, understand specific guidelines, and be taken through a step-by-step review of the application process.


City Location Dates Time
Seattle 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine PL S, Seattle Sept 1 (1st Thursday) 6:30-8:00pm
Seattle 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine PL S, Seattle Sept 7, 12, 23 12-1:30pm

Program staff provides one-on-one application assistance upon request. Contact Charlie Rathbun at 206.263.1607 for more information.


Africatown Center for Education and Innovation
An interactive online class with global tech partners in Gambia, West Africa.
Award: $5,000

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Award: $1,000

Mollie Bryan
A series of light art events set in Volunteer Park, Kabuto Gardens, and Seattle Center
Award: $5,180

City of Shoreline
To develop new platforms for the display and experience of augmented reality both indoors (City Hall) and in urban forest parks.
Award: $5,000

Scott Crawford
An interactive kinetic installation designed to engage with the environment and the public through a reflective, responsive interface.
Award: $10,000

Degenerate Art Ensemble
Collaboration with virtual reality company Mechanical Dreams to create an immersive video/performance experience based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Red Shoes.
Award: $10,000

Kaley Lane Eaton
A multimedia experience for string quartet, electronic body sensors, electric harp, video projection, poetry, and dance, tells one orphan girl’s story of immigrating to the Pacific NW.
Award: $2,500

A festival of sound, light, and movement. 12 musicians, 7 visual artists, and 4 dancers celebrate winter with immersive music and art.
Award: $5,000

Neely Goniodsky
An interactive video installation reflecting a sense of suburban boredom and loneliness based on poem by Canon Parker “The Kids”.
Award: $8,000

Katherine Groesbeck
A trembling overhead paper topography moves in response to the sonified impulse responses of recent high magnitude earthquakes recorded in the NW.
Award: $1,800

Hot Bit Soup LLC
Objects are embedded into a haptic feedback virtual reality art installation that includes tangible and virtual objects to interact with.
Award: $15,000

A multimedia installation by MSHR in the Georgetown gallery with musical performances and instrument building workshops facilitated by the artists.
Award: $3,500

Jack Straw Cultural Center
Creation and presentation of three new multidisciplinary and technology based gallery installations.
Award: $10,000

Nicole Kistler
The artist and her team will project the image of an old growth forest on the grain terminal (silos) at Pier 86 for a period of 2-4 months as proof of concept for an ongoing series of illuminated projections on the terminal.
Award: $10,000

Robert Kunz
Five short compositions dealing with major events in Seattle’s history. An elaborate sound architecture will be designed and constructed to reinforce the performances with voices and instruments relayed through an array of large kinetic speakers.
Award: $8,500

Domonique Meeks
A documentary that examines past, present and future innovation in Seattle’s Central District and South End Neighborhoods that aims to spark inter-generational conversations between entrepreneurs of color utilizing technology to push sustainability and innovation.
Award: $3,000

Northwest Art Center
This project exposes youth and adults to new technology and art materials with which to innovate, challenge creative and critical thinking skills and exhibit their works in a mini-maker faire exhibit.
Award: $4,500

Now Here This
Interactive installations exploring the social phenomenon of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Award: $3,500

On the Boards
Digital masterclasses distributed through to provide education in contemporary performance.
Award: $5,000

Emily Pothast
A one-night exhibition combining music, oral history, spoken word performance, sound-based objects and installations to activate an immersive, embodied, and politicized listening environment.
Award: $5,100

Yoo Sangjun
Performance installation choreographing dance within an artificially induced cloud environment.
Award: $3,420

Third Place Technologies
A collaborative installation at the Electric Sky festival in Skykomish with sensing, interactive flora and fauna that evoke an awareness of the forest as a living being with emergent consciousness.
Award: $7,500

Timea Tihanyi
Ceramic LDM 3D printer, slip mixer, and test kiln for a ceramic studio and research hub specializing in slipcast porcelain. The process will expand this knowledge to other practitioners and to the general public in the Pacific NW.
Award: $5,000

VALA Eastside
This exhibition will showcase the artwork created throughout the creative process of video game design with a focus on female game artists from the Seattle area.
Award: $7,500

A 3D dance-art video and free community viewing event.
Award: $5,000


Black Box 3.0 is an international art, film and technology festival for local and emerging talent working with mobile apps, interactive media, data visualization, augmented reality, virtual reality, gaming, social media, generative software, surveillance, holography, robotics and more.
Award: $5,000

Bellevue Arts Museum
Atoms+Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age will present approximately 50 works, ranging from objects to interactive experiences, by more than 30 international makers that span the digital and the analogue worlds.
Award: $5,000

City of Auburn
Artist Suzanne Tidwell will design and install a large scale, interactive LED sculpture in the ceiling of Auburn’s new Community Center and Teen Maker Space and include workshops for participants on methods and applications for programming the sculpture.
Award: $12,500

James Coupe
Exercises in Passivity is a video installation that uses sleep states/patterns to control a fleet of remote unmanned aerial vehicles (or, ‘drones’). The project uses neuroscience methodology to combine surveillance themes and sleep states as closely linked through their shared concepts of privacy, vulnerability and trust.
Award: $10,000

Thomas Deuel
Encephalophone Ensemble will present public performances of new compositions of music and video projection featuring the Encephalophone, a musical instrument that generates musical notes controlled by the conscious thoughts of the user.
Award: $5,000

Jacob Fennell
Places of Solitude will be an interactive, immersive, spherical video experience that features short vignettes about the city and natural environments, recorded in five separate locations. Because the viewer can look in any direction they will have the sense of truly being in that space.
Award: $12,000

Aashish Gadani
Interactive Installation; Founding artists of the new media company Cold Brew Collective will collaborate with a neuroscientist to bring virtual reality technology and biosignal measurement systems together to create a virtual experience tour of one’s own body.
Award: $6,500

Eunice Kim
Print Making at Cedar River Watershed; The artist will produce a new series of site specific collagraphs that speak to the stewardship, biodiversity, and sustainability of the Cedar River Watershed. Visitors will be able to take away collagraphs they have inked and printed themselves as keepsakes of their visit to the Watershed.
Award: $9,000

Robb Kunz
Sound/Performance Installation Working in a building slated for redevelopment the artist will create an interior sound installation using powerful sound transducers which transform the walls into speakers, as though the walls are literally talking. The artist will engage the neighborhood in contributing their thoughts, feelings and recorded ephemera for inclusion into the sound design.
Award: $9,000

We; A collaborative team of artists will create a large scale sculptural installation with interactive lighting and sound elements controlled by the viewer.
Award: $7,500

One Reel
Brent Watanabe at Bumbershoot; Multi-media artist Brent Watanabe will create a large scale interactive environmental centerpiece for the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Festival in one or more spaces at Seattle Center.
Award: $15,000

Barbara Polster
Kodochrome Mirage; The artist will work in collaboration with a physicist and engineer to recreate the effect of a desert mirage using a large scale photographic installation and imbedded heating elements.
Award: $3,500

Tracy Rector
Clearwater, a new feature documentary from Tracy Rector, is the story of the unique relationship between tribal peoples and the waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). The online component will showcase a community-generated mapping project that will take users on an interactive video tour of the Salish Sea.
Award: $10,000

Fritz Rodriguez
Viola Organista; An aspiring educator and graduating senior at Cornish College the artist explores the teaching of musical concepts through the creation of complex kinetic machines. For this project he will use Leonardo Da Vinci’s primitive model of a hurdy gurdy device augmenting it with electric motors, keyboard and pedals.
Award: $5,000

Tivon Rice
Drone Photogrammetry; Photogrammetry is a digital imaging process by which hundreds of photographs are combined to make textured 3D models of a structure or landscape. The artist will incorporate drone technology to create narrative animations and large-scale digital prints of Seattle’s rapidly changing built environments.
Award: $10,000

A.M. Schneider
Non-native; A programmed light installation in an outdoor natural setting will be designed to mimic the male-female communicative flash patterns of Photinus Pyralis, a common species of firefly found in much of the Eastern United States.
Award: $4,000

Tony Stuart
Making Music While the Sun Shines; The artist will create an interactive installation in an outdoor public space featuring a mounted camera and software that extracts the color and position of objects below to translate them into rhythmic sounds and music.
Award: $1,000

Suyama Space
Generativity; Multi-disciplinary artist Fernanda D’Agostino will collaborate with choreographers, sound and video artists to create an interactive environmental performance installation as the final exhibition of the Suyama Space before it closes at the end of 2016.
Award: $8,000

Third Place Technologies
The Luminous Garden at Electric Sky builds on a successful initiative last year to bring dozens of artists and technology developers together for a weekend “campathon” in the rural town of Skykomish. A 24 hour Creativity Lab will create a madhouse of electronics, laptops, Arduinos, LEDS, lasers, and 3D printers, and installations.
Award: $5,500

Velocity Dance Center
Dance Film Track is a three-week immersion offering adult students the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers to learn how to create original dance films. The program takes students through every step of the process as they conceive, direct, produce and present their own films.
Award: $6,500

If you've been approved to receive 4Culture funding for your project.  What now?  Here's what to expect


4Culture will send an email message to notify you of your award when it has been approved by our Arts Advisory Committee.


In order to receive your funds, you must sign a Contract or Letter of Agreement with 4Culture, making you or your group the "Contractor". The contract spells out the services you or your group will provide and the public benefits described in your application. If you want to make any modifications to the project or public benefit described in your application, please contact Charlie Rathbun to discuss the changes to your agreement.

In an effort to make our contract process simpler and reduce our impact on the environment, 4Culture will now provide your contract and invoicing documents electronically.

Once your grant’s Scope of Service and Public Benefit have been developed, 4Culture prepares a contract for your review and signature. When it is ready, you will receive an e-mail from us through DocuSign. This email will contain a link to your documents, and you can review and electronically sign your contract. You will not be able to make changes to the contract, but if there is an error or you need to request changes, please Charlie Rathbun.

After you have electronically signed your contract, and have returned any requested forms (such as a completed W-9 Form), 4Culture will also electronically sign your contract. Then, DocuSign will automatically e-mail you a signed, digital copy of your contract to keep for your permanent records. You’ll be ready to move ahead with your project.

Getting Paid

Once your 4Culture contract is signed by you and by 4Culture, your new grant will be listed in your account at under the Manage Awards section. To request grant funds, follow the “Request Payment” link next to the relevant contract and complete the Payment Request form.

After you have signed and submitted your Contract and W9 Form, you may submit an invoice for a request for 50% of your total grant, Phase I of your contract for project planning and development. If you have not previously submitted your W-9 Form, you must do so before we can make a payment. Refer to your Scope of Service for each Phase Payment of your contract.

In order to receive the final 50% payment of your grant and close out your contract, you must:

  • Complete the Scope of Service and Public Benefit as defined in your Contract
  • Upload proof of acknowledgement of 4Culture’s support of your project.

Once you have submitted your Payment Request electronically, your program manager is notified by the system – you do not need to email us. We will review and approve the invoice, and send you a check (usually within 14 days). If any of the forms are filled out incorrectly, we will contact you.

If you cannot complete your project and public benefit by the date your contract closes, please contact your program manager for a possible contract extension.

Requirements prior to presenting or publishing your project

Help us demonstrate the reach of 4Culture's funding and the value of supporting culture to elected officials and the general public.

To receive final payment you must:

  • Acknowledge 4Culture's support with this text in all project-related print and on-line material: This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.
  • Include this logo on project-related materials including: websites, brochures, press releases, programs, posters, flyers, advertisements, signage and other related collateral material.

Presentation or publication promotion:

We may be able to post information about your project on our blog and assist with outreach, depending on capacity. Please send the following information to Project Manager at least 3 weeks prior to your event or publication release:
  • Event Title
  • Website/Event Link
  • Event/Completion Date and Time
  • Event Location, including street address
  • Brief description of no more than 100 words
  • Contact information including name, phone number and e-mail
  • Digital image(s) of the project in-process or completed. We prefer photographs that include people. By providing images including recognizable people, we assume you have obtained permission to use their image through a model release or other means, especially for anyone under 18.

Promote your 4Culture funded project using our Media Kit. Find out what’s required, what you can do and how we can help.

Final Payment Requirements

In order to receive your final payment and close out your contract you must do the following by the deadline date indicated on your Contract or Letter of Agreement document. If you cannot complete your project and public benefit by that date, please contact Charlie Rathbun for a possible contract extension. Final documents include:

  • One (1) Final Invoice
  • One (1) Evaluation Form Evidence of acknowledgement of 4Culture support (e.g. event flyer with 4Culture logo)
  • Project documentation - in the form of images of your event (digital preferred) and/or 1-3 copies of any materials produced, such as CDs, DVDs, books etc.

Other Resources

Let us know if we can provide you with any of the following:

  • Other funding resources
  • Artist-friendly venue ideas
  • Sample press releases
  • Tips on contacting your legislators and King County Council members - your elected officials should know that your organization makes an impact!

Stay in touch with us throughout this process

Let us know if your plans change or if you have any questions or concerns along the way. We are proud to support your project and we hope we can assist you in making it a success! If needed, please contact Charlie Rathbun for help.