Discover Washington – youth heritage project

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Application deadline: 5/18/2015

Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) is an annual 4-day (and overnight) interactive field school that engages high school students and teachers by connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources. YHP is designed to introduce historic preservation to a younger generation – future leaders that will work to save the places that matter. Through grant funding, the Trust is pleased to be able to offer YHP free of cost to all accepted applicants.

Call for entries – scientists, book artists and writers

Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound
Entry deadline: 4/29/2015

2015 is the United Nations International Year of the Soil. Poets and book artists can join soil scientists in making the soil visible! Soil is the Earth’s delicately structured biological skin—something far more complex than dirt, which is what we buy at garden-supply stores or sweep out of our houses. A multilayered resource that is essential to the water cycle, soil anchors and feeds forests, prairies, and farmed fields. Every terrestrial ecosystem and all our foods sprout from soil, and soil supports many burrowing animals and an amazing biodiversity of microbes, insects, arthropods, and worms—many yet to be scientifically described.

Auditions – Sweeney Todd

Renton Civic Theatre
Dates: 5/3-4/2015; callbacks on 5/10

Prepare an appropriate one-minute monologue and  32 bars of an appropriate classic Broadway song.  Bring a headshot and resume, and your sheet music in the key you will sing it in the accompanist will not transpose on the spot. No CD’s or acapella singing allowed. To schedule an audition time, email your requested time to

Call to artists – Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center

Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center
Application deadline: 6/1/2015

Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center, in conjunction with the annual celebration of Experience Historical Kent, will hold an Art Walk on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Artists will be selected to display their work throughout the beautiful grounds and paths of the Garden. This is an opportunity to show your work at a historically well attended event! The Art Walk will receive publicity through the City of Kent, local newspapers, flyers and on our website for months before the date arrives.

Grants for Artist Projects

Artist Trust
Application deadline: 5/18/2015, 10:59 PM

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline. In addition to the 60 GAP recipients, who will receive $1500 awards, one artist will receive a one-month residency at Centrum located in Port Townsend and a $500 stipend.

For more information, click 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
Deadline: ongoing

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.



Neddy Awards

Cornish College of the Arts
Application deadline: 4/26/2015

The Neddy Award at Cornish is an annual Puget Sound regional artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation and housed at Cornish College of the Arts in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration of his life as an artist. Each year, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given—one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts—to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. Six finalists will also receive $1,500 and will be included in a group exhibition each September. For complete information, click here.

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.

Call to artists – Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession

City of Burien
Deadline for submissions: 5/29/2015, 4 PM

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals to provide new or existing temporary illuminated artworks as part of the Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival in Burien.  Before submitting, artists are encouraged to visit Dottie Harper Park, site of the Festival. Artworks must be waterproof and family friendly, and must leave no lasting physical impact on the park. For full details, click here. Please e-mail with any questions.

Osness Scholarship – for seniors graduating from Kent School District high schools

Greater Kent Historical Society
Application deadline: 5/13/2015, 4 PM

The Greater Kent Historical Society is happy to announce the 2015 Osness Scholarship in the amount of $950. This scholarship is funded by the Osness Family and awarded through GKHS. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is graduating from one of the high schools within the Kent School District and is planning to attend college in the fall of 2015. For more information, click here.

Call for artists – 19th annual Tukwila Art Show and Competition

Tukwila Arts Commission
Dates: 5/8-9/2015 

The Tukwila Arts Commission is pleased to host the 19th Annual Tukwila Art Show and Competition, held in conjunction with the City of Tukwila’s Backyard Wildlife Festival. The annual art show features amateur and professional artists. A guest juror selects winners in the categories of watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Cash awards provided to top three entries in each category. For information about the show, including how to enter, please call 206-767-2342 or visit and click on Art Shows.

Call to artists – Art in the Garden

Arts Alive! Center for the Arts
Application deadline: 5/15/2015

The Twelfth Annual Juried Art in the Garden 2015 is scheduled for July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015.  This event is held at 46620 228th Avenue SE, in Enumclaw, in the beautiful rural setting of Country Garden Bouquets. It is a fundraiser for Arts Alive! Center for the Arts.

Landmarks capital grants

Deadline: 5/13/2015, 5 PM

4Culture’s Landmarks Capital program supports “bricks and mortar” projects that help preserve designated local landmarks all around King County. Grants fund design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Eligible applicants include private owners, businesses, organizations and local governments, and property must be a designated local landmark. Fundable projects will range from $3,000 to $30,000. 

Cultural equipment grants

Deadline: 5/6/2015

Cultural institutions depend on specialized equipment, such as stage lights and museum storage shelving, to operate effectively. A single computer workstation can transform an organization’s ability to reach audiences and serve a community. The annual Cultural Equipment program supports purchase of fixed assets by heritage, arts or preservation organizations as well as local government cultural agencies. Applicants may request up to 100% of the cost, but must demonstrate community support for the project. More information at:

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 artists – Enumclaw Studio Tour

City of Enumclaw
Application deadline: 5/16/2015

The annual Enumclaw Studio Tour will be held Saturday, June 13. Local artists who would like to participate in the event are invited to submit a request for an application to Selected Enumclaw-area artists will open their studios to the public for sales and conversation beginning at 10 AM. The Arts Alive! Gallery will also be participating with demonstrations by hands-on artists showing their skills throughout the day.

Call for artists – UW School of Law

Advocates for the Arts at UW Law School
Deadline: 5/15/2015

The Advocates for the Arts at UW Law School are looking for interested local artists to feature at the law school. There is open gallery space available for print/paint/photo/other media.
Please e-mail for additional information.

VANS Custom Culture grants

Americans for the Arts
Deadline: 11/26/2015

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools serving grades 9-12 that have allowed arts education to thrive in their school community. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students.

Local Sightings – call for short films

Northwest Film Forum
Deadline: 6/15/2015

Northwest Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Film Festival is made by the people and for the people of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They are seeking excellent new Northwest films for the 18th annual Local Sightings, screening September 24 – October 3, 2015. Eligible films for submission to Local Sightings 2015 are those finished within the last 18 months, and the filmmaker(s) must live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territories). Learn more here.

Call to artists – piano transformations

City of Auburn
Application deadline:  5/4/2015

Seeking creative and talented local artists to transform pianos for all to play and enjoy during Auburn’s 2015 Pianos on Parade. Work must be completed between May and mid-July. This is a paid opportunity. Application form here.

Stage managers needed

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory seeks stage managers for two productions. These are paid positions. Time commitments are as follows:

Grants for public programming related to Latino American history and culture

National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association
Deadline: 5/1/2015

NEH and ALA are offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to libraries, humanities councils, museums and other nonprofits to develop public programming related to Latino American history and culture. The grant is based on the documentary film series “Latino Americans,” which premiered on PBS in 2013. The program, “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” will offer funding and materials to support public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and other programs.

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