Artists Up

A collaborative project to better serve all artists throughout Seattle, King County, and Washington State.

Artists Up Grant LAB recipients John Bunkley and Kamari Bright with panelist, Ari Glass. Photo by Bruce Tom Photography.


Artists Up is a collaborative effort between the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsWA and 4Culture to expand capacity and networks for artists in our region. The program aims to support artists of color with resources, services and programs.


Since 2012, Artists Up has been listening and learning from artists of color in our region. Gatherings and networking events have provided us with invaluable information. Visit to see what we've learned and how it is informing our work every day.

Artists Up + Mentorly

Mentorship is an important part of cultivating and encouraging artistic excellence from Washington’s next generation of creatives and, in our increasingly digital world. Artists Up offers scholarships to artists living interested in working with a mentor to elevate their practice.