Art Projects: Positive Changes for 2015

© 2014 A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo by Nick Spang
© 2014 A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo by Nick Spang

View of Seattle Central Library facade with word count display. Project: A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Guidelines and applications for our Art Projects grants are now open to artists and art groups, residing in King County, who are creating and presenting work in all disciplines including Dance, Theater, Music, Media, Literature and the Visual Arts. Eligible projects may be at any stage including planning, development and final production. Selected projects must offer public access to a project-related art experience. The deadline is March 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm PST.

In 2014, 376 applications were considered and the panelists recommended a total of $560,000 to support 152 art projects to be presented in King County.

We’ve been talking to a lot of artists and cultural workers in an effort to improve access to our grants. We’ve learned a great deal and have implemented a few changes this year. Even if you’ve applied before, you’ll want to review the guidelines and application carefully. Changes this year include:

 

  • We have extended the contract period from 18 months to 2 years. This means that if you receive funding, we can support project expenses between June 1, 2015 through June 1, 2017. This also means that the period of time recipients must complete their “public benefit” event, such as a performance, exhibition, reading or screening has been extended.
  • An effort to diversify our funding to artists and art groups. Beginning in 2015, if an applicant receives an Art Projects grant, they may not apply again to Art Projects (Groups or Individuals) in 2016.
  • We have increased the grant amount applicants may apply for by $1,000. Yippee! Now, request to 4Culture may be in the amount of $2,500; $4,500; $6,500 and $8,500.

We hope these changes like these, will encourage new applicants and will enable us to fund a more diverse array of creative projects within King County.

Finally, we know grantwriting can be challenging and stressful. 4Culture staff takes pride providing new and returning applicants, with great customer assistance and support throughout our application process. Application Workshops are underway and we have conducted several in Seattle and Lake Forest Park. Our next workshops will be in White Center, Enumclaw, Issaquah and Seattle. Applicants are also free to contact staff via email or phone to receive guidance through the application process including technical support, draft review, tips and computer assistance.

Artists and arts groups new and returning – please join us at our workshops and apply!

View of Seattle Central Library facade with word count display. Project: A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist