4Culture Grants + Calls

Creative Consultancies

Creative Consultancies connects King County cities with artists and creative thinkers to collaborate on solutions to the challenges faced by cities throughout King County.

Steps to Apply

1 What are Creative Consultancies?

1 What are Creative Consultancies?

Since 1997 the King County Performance Network has supported contemporary art throughout the county in collaboration with local arts agencies. The program evolves regularly—this year, we are implementing a pilot initiative called Creative Consultancies, which takes a new approach toward fostering ongoing collaboration with local arts agencies (LAAs).

King County is home to one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S., most notably in communities outside of Seattle. All cities are grappling with the challenges of development, housing, transportation, economic disparities, K-12 education, and homelessness, and LAAs are looking for opportunities to expand their programming and impact in meaningful ways. Creative Consultancies will enable King County cities to engage the talents of artists and creative thinkers in addressing some of these challenges.

What is an LAA?

Local arts agencies, or LAAs, are municipal agencies or nonprofit organizations that provide a range of arts services for a specific King County community. 4Culture supports a network of about 23 King County LAAs through annual funding and by convening bi-monthly meetings in various cities.

Creative Consultancies will match artists and organizations with LAAs to work in collaboration to generate creative solutions to their current challenges. In order to foster strong partnerships, this will be a multi-stage process:

    1. LAAs have submitted letters of interest detailing the challenges they would like to address with the help of a creative consultant in 2020. These are available to view online.
    2. Current stage: artists, creatives, and organizations may apply to be considered as a match for an LAA. The guidelines you are reading now and the linked application indicate your interest in being considered as a creative consultant.
    3. Additionally, we are currently in the pilot year of implementation with 11 collaborations underway. Several of these may wish to continue for a second year or may seek to interview more potential artist/consultants for a second phase of work.
    4. Based on interviews, preferences submitted by both LAAs and consultants, 4Culture will assign the matches.
    5. Matched LAAs and consultants will work together to create a project proposal, which will then be submitted to 4Culture. Consultants will be paid by 4Culture for this work. In addition to the general project scope, proposals should include the following information:
      • Proposed schedule of engagement
      • Project goals/Desired outcomes
      • Capacity of city staff to integrate consultant’s role within a municipal department.
    6. Proposals will be selected for funding based on a peer panel review process. They will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
      • The residency addresses a new issue or innovative approach to existing challenges.
      • The proposal outlines a feasible timeline and focused planning process.
      • Consultant demonstrates experience and understanding of the collaborative process.
      • The city demonstrates a commitment and capacity to host.
    7. If selected, 4Culture will contract with either the city or the consultant to complete the project outlined in their proposal.. Suggested award levels will range from $5,000 to $30,000 for consultancies lasting from 3 to 12 months. Depending on the demand and available funds, 4Culture may award partial funding for a reduced scope of activity.

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?

The Creative Consultancy program will match creative consultants with local arts agencies (LAAs) to work in collaboration with one or more departments to plan and generate creative ideas and solutions to their current issues.

LAAs have submitted letters of interest, detailing challenges and opportunities unique to their city that they are interested in addressing with a creative consultant—these can be viewed online. At this stage, individuals and organizations may apply to be considered as a potential match with an LAA.

Eligibility for Creative Consultants:

Any King County-based individual or organization, working in community cultural development or any artistic discipline, is eligible to apply.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

Contact Us

We are here to assist you! If you have any questions, please email or call us at any time.

Charlie Rathbun

We will make every effort to ensure equal access for all applicants. If you require accommodations, please contact us.

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Since it is a unique collaboration between cities and artists, Creative Consultancies follows a timeline that differs significantly from the rest of our funding programs. Please read the following carefully, and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions:

July–August 8, 2019

Letters of interest from LAAs are posted online.
Creative Consultant applicants are invited to view LAA statements and submit their own letter of interest.

August–October 2019

LAAs view consultant letters of interest and select up to 5 consultants to interview.

November 2019

LAAs submit up to three consultant preferences for a collaborative project.

November 2019–January 2020

Selected consultants and LAAs prepare and submit a collaborative proposal for a 2020 creative consultancy.

February 2020

4Culture convenes a peer review panel to review proposals and award funding. LAAs and Consultants are notified. Contracting and projects begin.

February 2020–January 2021

Collaborative projects take place.

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

Please make sure that everything listed below is included with your application—we will not consider it complete otherwise. We strongly recommend assembling your work samples before you login and begin your application. Don’t hesitate to email or call us with any questions as you work on these materials!

New For 2019 – Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year, for yourself, and if you are applying as an organization, for your board and staff. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.

Letter of Interest

Please submit a letter of interest detailing your reasons for wanting to participate in the program and your history of collaboration, especially in civic engagement or social practice.

Narrative Biography

Please provide a brief summary of you or your organization’s work and relevant experience, not to exceed 500 words.

Work Sample Descriptions

You will need to identify the work samples 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 and those hosted externally. 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

You must submit work samples in one of the formats listed below. Please use this guide as you prepare and submit your work samples:

You may submit up to three audio files using SoundCloud. All submissions must be publicly accessible. 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
You may submit a maximum of ten images in the order in which they are to be reviewed. JPG (.jpg) files only. Images must be under 2 MB, 1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi at least. 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.

You may submit a writing sample, in English, of no more than ten pages, plus one cover page, in 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/group name. Upload in Portable Document Format (.pdf) or Word (.doc) only.

You may submit a maximum of three video work samples using Vimeo or YouTube. All submissions must be publicly accessible—you may not submit private files with a password. 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.

Cultural Planning Documents or Products
You may submit up to three examples of planning documents or products you have created. Upload in Portable Document Format (.pdf) or Word (.doc) only, maximum 10 MB.