4Culture Grants + Calls

Arc Artist Fellowship

The Arc Artist Fellowship offers operational support for artists as they pursue their creative work.

Steps to Apply

1 What is the Arc Artist Fellowship?

1 What is the Arc Artist Fellowship?

The Arc Artist Fellowship provides $12,000 awards and modest promotional support through the 4Culture website.

We know that artists value unrestricted funding above all other types of support. It allows artists to apply funds when and where it’s most needed as they develop their practice. We envision artists using Arc Artist Fellowship funds to offset expenses related to things like rent or mortgage payments, childcare, health care, transportation, food, space rental, legal support, equipment, materials, workshop fees, residencies, and more.


We award funds through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application.

For this particular grant, a peer review panel will evaluate your application based on the following:

  • How well you convincingly express what continues to inspire your work as an artist.
  • How clearly you outline your plan to reach your creative goals in the next three years.
  • Your expertise, training and/or creative experiences that have helped you develop your art.
  • A past or in-process project or presentation of your work that you elect to highlight in detail.
  • How well your work samples support the above criteria.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to Washington State stays in a hotel, they pay a Lodging Tax—this is where our funding comes from, and our mission is to put it back into the community. If awarded funds, you will sign an agreement with 4Culture. This agreement will require you to participate in a public cohort presentation organized by 4Culture during the fellowship year. Selected Fellows will also be asked to support planning and community engagement for the next year of the Arc Artist Fellowship program.

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?

This is a competitive grant program open to individual artists.

  • You must be a resident of King County.
  • You must meet the 2021 Arc Eligibility Requirement, as defined below.
  • You may not be current 4Culture staff, Board, or Advisory Committee Member.
  • You may not have previously received funding through a Community 4Culture award or the Arc Artist Fellowship.

Arc Eligibility Requirement

The Arc Artist Fellowship has an additional eligibility requirement that changes annually.

This year, eligible applicants are artists between the ages of 18 and 25 years old who create artwork that examines and challenges structures of power in the fight for social justice.

Art has the power to be a catalyst for systemic change. We seek to celebrate and support young artist activists who are creating courageous work that moves us and makes us move. Often under-resourced and under-recognized, these artists are revealing and presenting paths to equity.

2021 Fellows will assist in determining the Arc Eligibility Requirement of the next year’s Fellowship.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

We recognize that people need different types of support, and we will do our best to provide a variety of resources to help you develop your application.


Workshops allow you to meet program managers, walk through the application, have your questions answered, and hear from other artists in an informal meeting space. The schedule will be posted below when finalized.

Oct 27
Nov 10
Nov 19

Tutorial Video

Watch this step-by-step application guide video to assist you in the application process.

Application Guide

Use this step-by-step application guide to assist you in the application process: download as a PDF or Word document.

Sample Application and Draft Application Review

The application must be filled out through the online application portal, however you may find the sample application helpful as you prepare your answers and gather your work samples: download as a PDF or Word document.

If you would like us to review your draft application and provide feedback, make sure to save your work and contact us no later than Wednesday, November 16 to allow enough time for review and edits.


We are here to assist you! We will make every effort to ensure equal access to services for all applicants. If you need assistance or require different forms of access, please contact us. If you have any questions, please email or call either one of us at any time.

Heather Dwyer

Melissa Newbill

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Selection Process

4Culture staff reviews applications first to ensure eligibility. Eligible applications are then evaluated by a peer-panel, which will be comprised of artists and arts professionals working in diverse disciplines. Our peer-panel changes annually. 4Culture staff facilitates the selection process but does not vote or try to influence the outcome.

Timeline for Selection

Deadline for entry: December 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm PDT
Applicant notification: February 2021

Contracts and Payment

If you are selected to receive a Fellowship, the grant managers will work with you to create a contract outlining your public benefit requirement and the payment schedule for the Fellowship year.

Requirements and Appeals

Learn about what will be required if you are awarded a grant, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture decision.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Once you’ve started your application, you can save after each step and sign out—your application will be saved as a draft that you can continue to work on up to the deadline. Once you hit “Submit,” your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

What We Require

We will not consider your application without work samples. The peer panel will review no more than ten (10) minutes of combined work samples per application—keep this in mind if you are submitting audio and video samples. We strongly recommend assembling them before you login and begin your application. Don’t hesitate to email or call us with any questions as you work on these materials.

Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.

Work Sample Descriptions

You will need to identify the work sample(s) that you submit with your application. You will add this information into a text box in your application by writing directly into the application; this is not something you will upload. Your Work Sample Description must include all work samples, including those uploaded (image or manuscripts) or those hosted externally (video or audio files). Please prepare the following information about the work samples:

  • Titles (and/or track numbers) of the work(s) submitted in the order in which they are to be reviewed.
  • Date the work(s) were completed or if they are in-progress.
  • Role of the applicant (Example: I was the choreographer and director of this project).

If your work samples are in the manuscript format, identify if the sample(s) are complete works, abstracts, excerpts or a group of works.

If your work samples are in the image format, include the medium, dimensions of the artwork(s) and completion date.
You may choose to write a few brief sentences about your work sample(s).

Work Samples

Work Samples are required of all applicants. You are encouraged to submit work samples of past or in-process projects that best exemplify your work. Prints, transparencies, musical scores, brochures, and press-clippings will not be accepted.

You must submit work samples in one of the formats listed below. Additionally, you may choose to select a second format, if you work in multiple disciplines or believe your work is best represented in different media. Each applicant’s work will be reviewed for a cumulative total of ten (10) minutes maximum. Recommended formats by discipline:

  • Music: audio format
  • Dance: video format
  • Theater: video or manuscript format
  • Visual: digital image format
  • Literary: manuscript format
  • Media: video or manuscript format

Please use this guide as you prepare and submit your work samples:


A maximum of three (3) work samples.

How to submit: You may submit up to three (3) audio files using SoundCloud. Once you have uploaded your files to SoundCloud that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the SoundCloud URL (e.g. http://soundcloud.com/m-rodriguez/03-m-rodriguez) 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 or on personal websites.

Digital Image

A maximum of ten (10) 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 at least 72 dpi. Label your images in the following manner: 01_LastName. Example: 01_Rodriguez, 02_Rodriguez etc… Images will be presented one at a time during the application review process.

How to submit: Upload JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed, in the required format.



A writing sample, in English, of no more than ten (10) 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) and label each page with your full name.

How to submit: Upload in Portable Document Format (.pdf) or Word (.doc) only, in the required format.



A maximum of three (3) work samples.

How to submit: You may submit up to three (3) videos using Vimeo or YouTube. You may not submit private files with a password (see mail-in option). Once you have uploaded video selections that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the URL (e.g. http://www.vimeo.com/2992575) in your application, in the order in which you would like the videos reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other websites. If your video is private, please provide the private video link. Do not select the password protected option.


We will make every effort to ensure equal access to services for all applicants. If you need assistance or require different forms of access, please contact us.