More Than Half-Million for Art Projects

Choreographer Amy O'Neil, Photograph Courtesy of the Artist
Choreographer Amy O'Neil, Photograph Courtesy of the Artist
Choreographer, Dancer & Educator Amy O’Neal. Photograph: Courtesy of the Artist

We have recently wrapped up our peer-panel review process for 4Culture’s 2015 Art Projects, which seeks to enhance the cultural life of King County citizens and visitors by funding arts projects in all creative disciplines including music, media, dance, theater, literature and visual art. Artists, as well as arts, heritage, municipal and community groups in King County are eligible to apply. This program is the one of the very few open, annual funding resources available to individual artists and art groups in our region.

For many, grantwriting is intimidating and stressful. We want our applicants to feel confident and comfortable with our grant process, so we offer several ways to receive step-by-step guidance through the application process. Prior to the deadline, we offered application workshops in Lake Forest Park, White Center, Enumclaw, Issaquah and Seattle. Applicants were also free to contact staff by phone or email and were welcome to view video guides on our website.

chartsmWe received a total of 378 complete and eligible applications by the deadline at 5 p.m. on March 4th. From there, 4Culture staff selected and invited artists and arts workers from throughout King County to serve on a peer-panel. These panelists are selected because they have expertise in one or more artistic discipline, live in different parts of King County and represent the diverse ethnic heritage of our area. These folks also had to be willing to spend many hours reading and evaluating each application on their own, prior to reviewing them all again in multi-disciplinary groups.

These panelists reviewed of all eligible applications and recommend projects for funding based on our Core and Choice Criteria as outlined in the application guidelines. Applications are organized by discipline, but funds are not allocated by these categories. Core Criteria was used by the peer-panel to evaluate all Art Projects applications and the Choice Criterion was also used to evaluate applications as specified by each artist or group. Every application was discussed and ranked by panelists. Award amounts are allocated based on merit and project budget considerations in fixed tiers of $2,500; $4,500; $6,500 and $8,500. Of course their are more excellent projects than we can fund. We strive to increase the amount we have to offer each year. In 2015 we were able to give $40,500 more than we were in 2014.

Our dedicated panelists read through more than 1,500 pages of project proposals and more than 500 manuscript pages; nearly 400 audio and video samples more than 1,200 images. We are grateful to all of our panelists for their dedication and commitment to our region’s art community.

2015 Art Projects Peer-Review Selection Panelists:

  • Ben Andrews
  • Christina Orbé
  • Cyrus Khambatta
  • Humaira Abid
  • Iyun Harrison
  • Jason Everett
  • Joshua Heim
  • Maija McKnight
  • Miguel Guillén
  • Miho Takekawa
  • Nilki Benitez Wherrette
  • Pamela Lavitt
  • Patricio Mendoza
  • Rainbow Fletcher
  • Ruth Gregory
  • Sara Marie Ortiz
  • Shawn Belyea
  • Suzanne Tidwell
  • Zorn Taylor

The composition of the panel changes each year and as such, they make very different choices. We hope this encourages applicants who were not selected this year to apply again. Additionally, artists and arts workers are welcome to recommend potential panelists to us throughout the year.

Fir State Golf Club's Bill Lynch from "Out of the Rough" a film by Rudy Horn, Photgrapher Unknown, Circa 1965
Fir State Golf Club’s Bill Lynch from “Out of the Rough” a film by Rudy Horn, Photgrapher Unknown, Circa 1965

Other upcoming 4Culture funding and presenting possibilities include: Site Specific, Touring Arts Roster,  e4c and Gallery4Culture. Of course, we’re not the only game in town. We welcome artists and groups to check out our current Opportunities list often.

From Ravensdale to Lake Forest Park, we look forward to experiencing the extraordinary 126 new art projects, created by and for citizens of King County. We hope you will too!

Please scroll down on the Arts Projects page for a list of the Individual Artists recipients, Groups will be announced shortly.