attn: remaining Capitol Hill artists — $2.45M in Seattle arts and culture grants

The set of The Flick as viewed from the catwalk inside 12th Ave Arts (Image: New Century Theater via Facebook)

The set of The Flick as viewed from the catwalk inside 12th Ave Arts (Image: New Century Theatre Company via Facebook)

It’s nice to think about creating new things to build up the city’s first arts district here on Capitol Hill. But the area’s existing artists and arts organizations can also get a boost with part of the more than $2 million in grants the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture is planning to make available this year.

“Over the last 40 years the Office of Arts and Culture has invested over $50 million in the city’s cultural landscape,” office director Randy Engstrom is quoted as saying in a media release from the city on the funds. “Investing in our youth and cultural organizations is an investment in Seattle’s future. We are committed to fostering creativity and working to ensure these fundamental opportunities are accessible to everybody as a matter of equity.”

Here is a look at the programs and their deadlines. the $175,000 being made available for the Cultural Facilities program might be of particular interest on Capitol Hill where high rents can challenge the search for physical space for galleries, performances and studios. And before you become covetous of the $1.7 million made available in the Civic Partners program, while it provides thousands of dollars to larger organizations like the Pacific Northwest Ballet, it also provides thousands to small groups like Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Hugo House, and the Northwest Film Forum.

Grant ProgramApplication DatesAmount
Work Readiness Arts Program 2015February 17 – April 1 (open now!)$100,718
Civic Partners 2016 and 2017May 5 – June 30$1,700,000*
CityArtist Projects 2016May 27 – July22$160,000
Cultural Facilities 2015-16June 22 – September 4$175,000
Neighborhood & Community Arts 2016August 18 – October 21$48,000
Youth Arts 2016December (exact date tbd)$175,000
smART Ventures 2015Ongoing$50,000
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