Northwest Heat Music Video Festival seeks entries

Northwest Heat Music Video Festival
Submission deadline: 7/1/2015
The Northwest Heat Music Video Festival was founded in 2014 with the mission of showcasing the talents of both musicians and filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest. Northwest Heat is a film festival exclusively for music videos, combining an awards screening with a live concert. Submissions are currently open until July 1, and all music videos shot in Washington are eligible. The festival happens the week of July 13 in Bellingham, WA.

Artist Trust hiring program director

Artist Trust
Deadline: 7/6/2015

Artist Trust is hiring a brand new Program Director position. This is a key leadership role at Artist Trust, shaping how Artist Trust supports stellarly talented Washington State individual artists of all disciplines with cash grants and career development. We’re talking about VERY fun and rewarding work for the right person. Priority is given to applications received before midnight on July 6th.

Call for footsteps poems to aid homeless veterans

Cave Moon Press
Submission deadline: 9/30/2015

To celebrate ten years of helping communities, Cave Moon Press will produce a book to aid homeless veterans in 2016.

This is a book of witness to the invisible. Soldiers march for liberty. Carbon footprints stomp watersheds. People wander without hope. As a poet holds their duty to the page, soldiers hold their duty to serve. Others hold their duty to the environment. We all know of someone setting out on their quest without ever getting the homecoming of Odysseus. When duties disillusion, people wander.

Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator accepting applications

Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator
Applications due: 7/6/2015

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency is designed to encourage artistic risk-taking by supporting artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their usual genre, discipline or comfort zone. The goal of the Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the residency is designed to give artists time and space to “incubate” — to develop an idea or concept and explore it. The Arts Incubator Residency is part of Cornish Playhouse’s public benefit to the Seattle community. Grantees will receive free space at the Cornish Playhouse to explore cross disciplinary concepts. This program is open to Visual and Performing Artists. For more information visit

The application process is now open. Any questions on the application process should be directed to

Songwriting competition

Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival
Deadline: 6/30/2015

We provide the lyrics (below), you provide the music. Winner will receive $100 for the exclusive rights to the song by Cascade Foothills Chorale of Enumclaw. Winner will receive acknowledgement as composer on all future performances. Cascade Foothills Chorale will retain any and all profit from the sale of any recorded CD. Winning song will be performed by Cascade Foothills Chorale at the 3rd Annual Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival participants needed

Chalet Arts Showcase Theatre

Seeking musical and non-musical performing artists, food and beverage vendors, and literary, media, video and visual artists. The Third Annual Festival is August 22, 2015, 10 AM to 9 PM in Enumclaw. For more information, call 253-486-5046 or e-mail

Photo essay competition

Urban Land Institute Northwest
Application deadline: 7/8/2015, 5 PM (PST)

Urban Land Institute Northwest (ULI Northwest) is hosting a photo essay competition in conjunction with the 2015 Young Leaders Group (YLG) Regional Conference, which will be held July 24-25 in Seattle.

More than half the global population now lives in urban communities. The growth of cities worldwide is a systemic trend that combines with other leading movements, including the continued pursuit of environmental sustainability; increased awareness of the value of quality public spaces, and — perhaps most significantly — the smart networking of technologies for business, mobility and social connectivity.

Humanities Washington Spark Grants

Humanities Washington
Letter of intent due: 8/28/2015
Full applications due: 9/25/2015

Spark Grants bring to life Humanities Washington’s mission of sparking conversation and critical thinking to help create informed, engaged communities across our state. Spark Grants support projects at large and small organizations that encourage thoughtful consideration of issues and provide social, historical and philosophical context to better understand our complex world.

Washington Stories Fund grant

Humanities Washington
Letter of intent due: 8/28/2015
Full applications due: 9/25/2015

The purpose of the Washington Stories Fund is to record and share with the broader community the little-known stories of people or groups whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of Washington State. Funded projects will elevate the stories of people who fall outside of the mainstream because of their occupation, race, income level, culture, gender, immigration status, country of origin, age, or other unique characteristic, and enhance the public’s awareness of new and unique perspectives and cultures. Humanities Washington encourages applications for projects that tell these stories in a way that constructively casts new light on a current issue and we encourage organizations to express how these stories can be relayed to the broader community in a way that nurtures compassion and seeds action.

Any nonprofit organization or public agency is eligible to apply for a Washington Stories Fund grant. While applicants do not need to be incorporated or have tax-exempt status, they must be organized for nonprofit purposes and funded activities must clearly serve a Washington State audience. In addition:

  • Organizations that have previously received Humanities Washington funding must submit a final report before applying again with a new project.
  • Individuals are not eligible to receive Humanities Washington grants.

One grant of $5,000 is available annually through a competitive grant process. Grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions the week of November 23, 2015, and funded grant activity can begin December 15, 2015.

Apply for the Washington Stories Fund grant through Humanities Washington’s online system. For any questions feel free to contact Ellen Terry, program coordinator for Humanities Washington, by e-mail, or call 206-682-1770 x101.

PAWA poetry contest

Plateau Area Writers Association
Application deadline: 6/30/2015

The Plateau Area Writers Association poetry contest is open to all, ages 13 through 110. Minors need to include a separate page with parent’s (or guardian’s) written permission. The poetry contest theme is “Change” — whatever that means to the poet. Poems must be original work, previously unpublished in print or online (exception being self-published, Facebook pages, critique group, appearance on personal websites, and blogs).

Call to young artists

Arts Fund and Seattle Sounders FC
Deadline: 7/1/2015

ArtsFund and Seattle Sounders FC are teaming up for a special arts contest celebrating our region’s youth. As part of Posters by the People, anyone 18 and under is invited to design an original matchday poster for Seattle FC August 1 home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Visit for more info and to enter. Parental consent required.

Teaching artist training lab

Washington Arts Commission
Application deadline: 7/16/2015

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth year of the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, an eight-month professional development program for teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines and in all regions across Washington state. TAT Lab focuses on arts education in K-12 public schools, working to ensure all students receive high quality arts education as part of basic education. Application deadline is July 16, 2015.

Applications open for 2016-2018 State Poet Laureate

ArtsWA and Humanities Washington
Deadline: 7/31/2015

ArtsWA and Humanities Washington are accepting applications for the 2016-18 State Poet Laureate. Selection of the Washington State Poet Laureate is governed by state regulation. To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an application electronically by 5 PM on Friday, July 31. See more information and apply online here. 

Call to glass artists

Burien Arts Gallery

The Burien Arts Association has an open call to artists working in glass or enamel. Fine art glass objects in any form or combined with other mediums in 2-D or 3-D  (sizes established) should be submitted in JPEG form to gallery using the information from the website:  There is no submission fee.

The curators will select work based on the uniqueness of the vision conveyed, the quality of execution and how clearly the artist’s individual technique style is presented in each work.

Call to artists and woodworkers

PowellsWood Garden

Looking for volunteers interested in helping PowellsWood Garden create a collection of fairy houses. Unleash your inner child and build the mini house of your dreams. Rustic or detailed these little gems inspire visitors to explore the garden at a new level. Completed houses will be displayed annually as a temporary exhibit. Builders are free to work solo or as a team. Contact Kristine Dillinger at for more information.

Call to artists – art utility box project

Federal Way Arts Commission
Deadlines: 6/21, 9/23 and 12/21/2015

The City of Federal Way announces the ‘Mini-Mural’ Art Utility Box Project. These metal boxes are ubiquitous and are often tagged or vandalized. The ‘Mini-Murals’ seem to discourage tagging and graffiti and provide interest and fun to our town. They are a way to use art to strengthen Federal Way’s identity and sense of community. The art utility boxes are an innovative way to have public art in public spaces right where people can see it, not hidden away in a gallery. The Federal Way Art Commission is accepting applications from local artists for innovative designs and family-oriented illustrations with bold shapes and bright, fun colors to decorate utility boxes across the city. $400 stipend. Click here for further details.



Call to artists – Burien Arts Gallery

Burien Arts Gallery

The Burien Arts Gallery is  now accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Gallery Exhibition Schedule.    The Gallery, centrally located in downtown Burien, is calling for artists to apply via for consideration to have their work exhibited in the Burien Arts Gallery.

They are interested in contemporary artists working on topical narratives in all genres, but specific to 2015, they would like to curate shows focusing on glass works (both two- and three-dimensional)  and multi-media fiber arts. In addition, they are building several shows based upon the following themes: metamorphosis altered reality stories, personal & universal.

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Annual Peace Poetry Awards

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Deadline: 7/1/2015

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation contest is currently taking entries for its Barbara Mandingo Kelly annual peace poetry awards. It is open to people of all ages worldwide.

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre
Ongoing review

The Carco Theatre in Renton invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display. Local artists’ exhibits are scheduled for six week periods. The Lobby has approximately 72 linear feet of wall space, with a picture rail and cable gallery system, and an additional 14 feet of space for works on paper to be hung with magnets. Review of applications is ongoing and accepted throughout the year. Request a PDF with full details and application form by contacting or 206-453-1489.

StEPs 4Culture capacity building grants


Four years ago, through the 2011-2012 Heritage Sustained Support review panel process, 4Culture provided 17 organizations complimentary enrollment in the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, or StEPs. This self-assessment program, developed by the American Association for State and Local History, “offers history organizations of every size and type the opportunity to benchmark their work against nationally recognized standards.” From those initial 17 organizations, StEPs enrollees in King County now number 40.

Call to printmakers

Burien Arts Association

Burien Arts Gallery is seeking to host several shows focusing on the topical and timeless fine art of the print. Submit four (4) images of works created in the past two years.

Attention youth summer program coordinators – storytelling festival openings

PowellsWood Garden
Program date: 7/24/2015

The Annual PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival has openings available for day camp, daycare groups, summer school and homeschool groups to attend a free storytelling program on Friday, July 24th.  Available session times are: 9:30 AM; 11:15 AM; 1 PM; and 2:30 PM. Spots will be open until filled.

Call to artists – City of Enumclaw

City of Enumclaw

Visual artists are invited to apply for consideration to have their two- and three-dimensional, original, works of art exhibited at Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2015. Please include the date you prefer for exhibition. Artists can apply to exhibit work in one of the following months: June, July, September, or December. All work submitted will be reviewed by the Arts Commission for inclusion in the exhibit schedule. A total of twelve exhibitions will be scheduled for City Hall in 2015. Each exhibition will be displayed for approximately four weeks. Artists represented in all exhibits are responsible for installation, labels, text, and sales.

Call to artists – Auburn’s StreetScape Art

Auburn’s StreetScape Art is a program that seeks to enliven and activate otherwise empty storefront windows in Auburn’s Historic Downtown by providing temporary space to artists, creative businesses, organizations and community groups. Applications for Static Installations and Active Enterprise are accepted on a rolling basis and placed as spaces become available.  Artist participation is sought on an ongoing basis and applications are accepted here.

Open 4Culture

Deadline: six weeks before public event

4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are not served by other 4Culture programs.

Free legal services to non-profit organizations

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations

WAACO provides free legal services to nonprofit organizations on their business transactional legal issues and can help your organization if you need legal help.

Free to SoCo members – organizational assessment

EntrePre Arts

EntrePre Arts Consulting provides services in nonprofit board development, enterprise management, revenue strategies and engagement strategies for non-profit arts organizations facing opportunities for growth. Anna Brodie and Nancy Gosen are offering free organizational assessment to SoCo members. To schedule your consultation please email: or call EntrePre Arts at 206.316.8994.  For more information about who we are, visit our website:

Kent’s Give Me Culture grants

Kent Arts Commission

This new funding program will be directed to projects that serve the general public in Kent. Give Me Culture Grants are small, flexible grants available to individuals, organizations, and community groups. The Give Me Culture program is intended to broaden participation in, and showcasing of, arts and culture activities throughout Kent with a special interest in supporting projects that serve and showcase ethnically diverse or underserved communities. Funding amounts will be up to a maximum of $1,000 per project.

Free management strategy consultation

Free Consultation on Good Management Strategies for Cultural Organizations. This offer is exclusive to SoCoCulture members only.
Marcia Holland, CAE, CEO, of Outcomes Unlimited, LLC, and a member of the SoCoCulture leadership team, is offering free, two-hour consultations on how to make your organization more effective.  Marcia has spent 20 years working with boards of directors and volunteers, helping them focus on going forward into the future with a sense of excitement.  She is available to sit down with any SoCo member organization to talk about how to have a peak performing board of directors, how to get new people to volunteer, and how to develop a simple but effective strategic plan. Contact Marcia at