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Press Contact: Christina DePaolo, (206) 263-1588

4Culture Announces the Launch of the 2019 Arc Artist Fellowship

Offering Operating Support to King County Artists


As one of the largest funders of individual artists in the region, 4Culture is proud to announce the Arc Artist Fellowship. Now in its second year, it provides operational support for King County artists. Unrestricted awards of $12,000 may be used to offset daily expenses for Fellows as they pursue their creative work. The Fellowship includes modest promotional support through the 4Culture website.

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An unrestricted grant allows artists to apply funds when and where it is most needed as they develop their artistic practice. Fellowship funds can be used to offset costs related to rent, childcare, health care, transportation, space rental, legal support, equipment, materials, workshop fees, residencies, and more.

The Arc Artist Fellowship has an eligibility requirement changes annually. For 2019, eligible applicants must be artists who identify as trans, non-binary, neurodivergent, and/or artists with physical, developmental, behavioral/emotional and/or intellectual disabilities.

Expanding on last year’s eligibility focus on artists with disabilities, and learning from conversations with past applicants, the current round of Fellows, artists, and community organizations, we seek we seek to better support and celebrate variations of human diversity including the trans and non-binary communities.

Marketing support has been identified as a top priority for today’s working artist. The Arc Artist Fellowship will provide each Fellow with a page on the 4Culture website to use for promotional purposes, featuring a description of their work, biography and images.

The 2019 Arc Fellows will assist in determining the Arc Eligibility Requirement for next year’s fellowship as well as participate in a public cohort presentation organized by 4Culture and in planning and community engagement for the 2020 program.

The application deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT

Related Links

Program overview
Guidelines, tutorial video, and application 
2018 Arc Artist Fellowship Showcase & Celebration


“It’s Gigantic”
– Earl Debnam, 2018 Arc Artist Fellow

“The Arc Artist Fellowship changed my life. Because of it I was able to put more time in to my art, create a solo show, have the funds to film it, and more. It directly lead to an opportunity to perform at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, getting to be the Key Note Speaker for the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Conference, and getting to workshop a show this coming September with Cirque du Soliel’s David Shiner. Each of these opportunities came directly from the Arc Fellowship. Before the fellowship I was spending all of my time working for minimum wage in the food industry. To say that the fellowship changed my life is an understatement.”
– Mickey Rowe, 2018

Application Workshops

Workshops offer artists an opportunity to meet program managers, walk through the application process, have questions answered, and hear from other artists in an informal meeting space. All workshops are free and registration is not needed.

Gay City
Monday, October 29, 4:00–5:00 pm
517 E Pike St, Seattle
This is a Fragrance Free Workshop—please do not wear any cologne, perfume, or other fragrances.

Thursday, November 1, 5:00–6:00 pm (First Thursday)
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Free parking available during this workshop.

Wednesday, November 14, 12:00–1:00 pm
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle

For information about 4Culture’s building, spaces, and services, visit our Accessibility page. 

All workshop locations are ADA compliant. Restrooms are all-gender.


For inquiries about the Arc Artist Fellowship contact:
Heather Dwyer at or (206) 263.1597; and
Melissa Newbill at or (206) 263.1603