Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – funding opportunities in music, dance, film

Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Application deadline: 5/29/2014

The Cultural Programs Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for  three projects under the FY2014 Creative Arts Exchange (CAE). The Bureau’s CAE initiatives are arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. Cultural diplomacy, an essential facet of America’s foreign policy, enhances cross-cultural understanding and opens new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. In support of U.S. foreign policy objectives, Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) initiatives create partnerships through artistic collaboration and
professional development opportunities that foster mutual understanding between American and international participants. Under the 2014 Creative Arts Exchange, the ECA Bureau will award one Cooperative Agreement under each theme, not to exceed the given amount for each of the following programs: American Music Abroad ($1,500,000); American Film Showcase ($1,500,000; and DanceMotion USA ($1,300,000).  Click here for more information.

Incluseum call for submissions

Submission deadline: 5/9/2014

The Incluseum invites you to submit artwork that addresses the theme, The Power of Labeling. Museums are known for labeling. How does that impact our experience of objects and art? What happens when we label people? How have people labeled you and how do you label yourself? Submitted work will be displayed via an online exhibit curated by a community advisory committee.

The Prodigy Camp – full scholarship available

Scholarship contest deadline: 5/1/2014

The Prodigy Camp is a place where the world’s top 12-18 year old directors, writers, performers, photographers, and songwriters get a chance every summer to come together to hone their storytelling skills and find their creative voice.  A select number of singer/songwriters are also accepted to join the camp each year and are given the opportunity to work one on one with renowned professional musicians.  This year’s camp takes place in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State July 7 through 14.  The Prodigy Camp is offering a full scholarship to their upcoming camp through its annual YouTube scholarship. Learn more here.

Renton SIFF Crash Cinema Challenge – filmmakers welcome

Date: Saturday, 4/26/2014, 9 AM – 5 PM

For Renton’s Crash Cinema, filmmakers are asked to provide all their own equipment and develop the script on the spot, in teams of usually three to six people. The team will design its story based on the team’s resources the Crash Cinema Challenge elements, which will be provided at the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton, at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. Five “Crash elements” will be chosen randomly, which must be incorporated into the films. All the teams will have the same elements and all films are to be family friendly. Film teams will turn in their creations on a flash drive to event coordinators at 5 PM that same day at Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third Sreet, Renton

A Crash Cinema Wrap Party and Screening will take place from 5 – 6:30 PM at Renton Civic Theatre. All the films will be screened and admission is free and open to the public. The event is a prelude to SIFF-Renton, this May. To sign-up for the competition, visit www.RentonFilmFrenzy.com.

Cornish Playhouse Arts Residency Program accepting applications

Application deadline: 6/4/2014

Cornish College of the Arts and the Cornish Playhouse announced the creation of the Arts Incubator Residency program, a new program for artists interested in risk-taking, collaboration, and the innovation of new work. Nine groups will be selected to participate in this residency. The residencies will give artists the time and space to develop work without the pressure of producing a final, polished product. Participating artists will receive free rental space at the Cornish Playhouse for exploring, rehearsing, and further developing their ideas. Open to anyone age 18 or older - professional and non-professional artists, teachers, ensembles and groups, students, Cornish community, and those outside the Cornish community. The lead artist applying must be a Washington State resident. Applications are due by June 4. More information here.

Washington State Arts Commission board openings


ArtsWA is governed by four legislators and 19 governor-appointed citizen commissioners. Commissioners are appointed to 3-year terms by the Governor in July. Terms generally begin with the first meeting of the fiscal year, in August. There are currently three openings on the board. The Commission is looking for members who are diverse in genre, from different parts of the state and represent the many cultures of Washington State. If you’d like to join the Washington State Arts Commission, please click here.


Washington Museum Association Conference – registration now open

Washington Museum Association Conference
June 18-20
Early bird deadline: 5/18/2014


The theme for the annual WaMA Conference this year is “Authenticity: Real Things, Real Stories, Real Places.”   The Conference will be held in Port Townsend. Early registration deadline and reserved lodging deadline are both May 18.    Click here for preliminary program and registration.  Click here for lodging information.


Artists invited to participate in SI Garden of Lights event

Application deadline: 5/1/2014

The Soroptimist International of Kent service club will be celebrating 50th years of serving the greater Kent community. In celebration of this special event they are holding a “Garden of Lights” event that will take place at the Soos Creek Botanical Gardens, 29308 132nd Ave, Auburn, on July 26. Included with the music, cocktails, and hors‘d oeuvres there will be an art walk. Picture your art work displayed among the beautiful flowers and along the pathways of this spectacular garden to be viewed by guests. This could also be a venue where you could sell selected items if you choose. Nonrefundable registration fee is $35, and you will need to provide your  own canopy. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Wanda Koehmstedt SI/Kent at 206-790-0815 or wkkoehmstedt@gmail.com for an application and more information.

Stipends for WaMA Conference

Application deadline: 5/1/2014

Again this year, 4Culture is offering stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members attending the Washington Museum Association Conference in Port Townsend. The 2014 WaMA Conference, Authenticity: Real Things, Real Stories, Real Places will take place June 18th – 20th. Stipends may be used for conference registration, and to defray travel and lodging costs. To receive the stipend, qualifying individuals must attend the conference and be prepared to write a short report about their experiences.

Call for one-of-a-kind vintage entrepreneurs

Sweet & Shabby Vintage Market
Date: 5/31/2014

Seeking one of a kind vendors to participate in the first (of many) Vintage Markets. The goal is to host quarterly markets in fantastic venues that showcase the best vintage entrepreneurs in the greater Seattle area. The first event will be at the Des Moines Field House, 1000 S 220th Street, in beautiful Des Moines, Washington; a classic log cabin style site with charm aplenty.

  • Time: set-up 7:30 -10 a.m. Sales 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  • Capacity: Approximately 35 well-chosen vendors
  • Fees: 10×10 space–$60  or  8×6.5 space–$40

Heritage Capital Projects Fund

Heritage Capital Projects Fund
Grant application due date: 5/15/2014

Applications for the state Heritage Capital Projects funding are due May 15, 2014 for potnetial funding in the 2015-2017 state capital budget. For more information, contact Janet Rogerson at janet.rogerson@wshs.wa.gov or 253-798-5909.

Registration for Annual Renton Art Show

Annual Renton Art Show
Registration: 7/20/2014
Art Show: 7/25-27/2014

Registration for the Annual Renton Art Show is Sunday, July 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM, at the Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, from 10 to 6 and Sunday, July 27 from noon to 5 PM. Artists may collect their art after 5 PM on July 27.

Auditions for The Wedding Singer – Renton’s summer teen musical

Renton Civic Theatre
Audition dates: 4/20, 4/21 & 4/23/2014

“The Wedding Singer” will be directed by Matthew Posner, musical direction by John Kelleher, choreography by Kristin Burch.

Audition times will be on:

  • Sunday April 20 2014, 7:00 PM — 9:30 PM
  • Monday, 21 April 2014, 7:00 PM — 9:30 PM
  • Callbacks are Wednesday April 23 2014, 7:00 PM

Renton Civic Theatre, 507 South 3rd Street, in Renton.  Show dates are August 1-3 and 8-10 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays).

Call to artists – Normandy Park Arts Festival

Normandy Park Arts Commission
Deadline: 5/29/2014

The 2014 Normandy Park Arts Festival is coming on June 7 and 8, and organizers are calling artists from all over the area to submit art in the juried show and or to participate as arts vendors. This year, in both remembrance and celebration of the late Normandy Park Arts Commissioner Lee Paasch, who was a lover of theatre and a drama teacher, the Normandy Park Arts Commission is introducing the theme “All the World’s a Stage.”  

MainStage Auditions – 42nd Street

The Hi-Liners
Audition dates: 5/17 and 5/19/2014

Ages 9-22 can sign up now to audition for The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre Fall MainStage Production 42nd STREET.  Auditions take place at The Burien Annex, 14501 4th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166

42nd STREET is a big, bold musical set in 1933, that celebrates the stuff that dreams are made of. This is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42nd STREET focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, and takes us along her journey. Musical hits include You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, I Know Now, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and Forty-Second Street. Every audience enjoys watching the underdog succeed!

DownStage Center Auditions

The Hi-Liners
Audition dates: 4/14 and 4/19/2014

Ages 7-18 can sign up now to audition for the Summer DownStage Center Shows HONK! JR. and Runaways.  Auditions take place at The Burien Annex, 14501 4th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166

HONK! JR. is a contemporary musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Follow Ugly, the awkward duck on his journey as he discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny.

Runaways is a musical about the lives of children who run away from home and live on the city streets. Through songs, monologues and poems the children examine and explain why they are runaways.

Call for artists – Tukwila Fine Arts Show

Tukwila Arts Commission
Artwork drop off dates: 5/7-9/2014

This show is held in conjunction with the Backyard Wildlife Festival and will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. A guest juror will select paintings and artwork in the categories of watercolor, oil and acrylic, mixed-media, and recycled art. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entires in each category and announced during the annual Artist’s Reception on Friday, May 9, 6 PM.

For a flyer that gives entry specifications, contact Stephanie Gardener at stephanie.gardner@tukwilawa.gov or 206-767-2342.

Washington Cultural Congress

Washington State Arts Alliance
Dates: 4/28-29/2014

Join colleagues including artists, administrators, educators, and cultural leaders from across Washington for the 2014 Cultural Congress, April 28 and 29 on the Seattle Center campus.  The Washington State Arts Alliance produces the Cultural Congress, a collaborative conference that brings together a diverse group of cultural leaders to strengthen skills and cultivate partnerships through intensive workshops, peer dialogue, and dynamic speakers. For schedule, costs, scholarship opportunities and more, click here.

Call to artists – Enumclaw Artist Studio Tour

The Enumclaw Artist Studio Tour takes place May 17, and local artists who would like to participate ware invited to submit a request for an application to glaturner@ci.enumclaw.wa.us.  Participants will pay a $25 fee to help cover advertising costs. Selected artists in Enumclaw will open their studios to the public for sales, conversation and an occasional snack. The Arts Alive! Gallery will participate with hands-on demonstrations, and the  Enumclaw High Hot Shop will be open with student artwork for Sale. Several studio owners are willing to host an artist who doesn’t have a studio.  For more information contact Gary La Turner at 360-802-0239 or by e-mail at the address above. Event sponsors include the City of Enumclaw, 4Culture, Arts Alive! and Spectrum Creative Alliance.

Call for entries – Social Justice Film Festival

Social Justice Film Festival
Deadlines: 5/1/2014 for early bird prices; final deadline 7/1/2014
Youth Visions Program (under age 21): 6/1/2014 for free entry; final deadline 7/1/2014

The Social Justice Film Festival is currently accepting submissions of short and feature-length documentary and narrative films on the topic of social justice. There is also a special Youth division.  All films should explore some social justice-related topic. Special attention will be given to films that address some aspect of the prisoner justice system.

Arts-Heritage-Preservation cultural equipment funding

Application deadline: 4/30/2014

Following the successful combining of Arts and Heritage Cultural Equipment last year, 4Culture has expanded the program’s applicant eligibility to include Preservation organizations. The guidelines and online application are now available. The newly expanded program provides an annual opportunity for organizations to request funding for lighting fixtures, speakers, digital projectors, computers, copiers, collections shelving, cameras, large tools, etc.

Call for Youth Visions film submissions

Social Justice Film Festival
Deadlines: 6/1/2014 (free entry); 7/1/2014 (late entry)

The Social Justice Film Festival is calling for youth submissions for their 2014 Festival Youth Visions Program. Youth Visions welcomes the perspectives and talents of films made by filmmakers who were 21 and younger when they completed their films. Films of any length, narrative and documentary, are celebrated in this section. Entry is free through June 1 and the late deadline is July 1.  More information here.

Seeking presenters for Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau

Humanities Washington
Application deadline: 4/25/2014

The Speakers Bureau is one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of cultural experts and scholars provide low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation.  These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film and history. Speakers are carefully selected based on their subject-matter expertise and ability to offer fascinating content and insight on the topics presented.  Click here for more information.

Champion Creatively Alive Children – creative leadership grants for schools

Application deadline: 6/23/2014 (early bird deadline 6/9/2014)

The 2014 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Crayola is offering up to 20 grants. In order to qualify, the principal must be an NAESP member. Every Early Bird application will receive a Crayola product Classpack. Click here to learn more about this opportunity to build your school’s creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

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.

Northwest History Network – call for microfunding proposals

Northwest History Network
Deadline: 5/1/2014

The Northwest History Network is seeking applications for competitive awards of up to $250 to fund equipment, services, and other one-time needs for history projects. Proposed projects should advance one or more of NHN’s organizational goals

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

Happy New Year to SoCo members from EntrePre Arts Consulting! 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: info@entrepreartsconsulting.com or call EntrePre Arts at 206.316.8994.  For more information about who we are, visit our website: www.entreprearts.com.

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.

Call for recordings by local musicians

SoKing Internet Radio

SoKing Internet Radio is all about promoting local artists.  If you’re a local band/musician and want to be featured on this new station, please e-mail music@sokinginternetradio.com. Please attach any MP3s, include metadata (song title, artists, genre, bio, artwork, etc.) and/or include a link to any online.

CDs also accepted via snailmail here:
SoKing Internet Radio
15106 10th Ave SW, Suite C
Burien, WA 98166

NOTE: SoKing Internet Radio is fully licensed through ASCAP/BMI/SESAC/SoundExchange.


Musicians Welcome

The Plateau Community Orchestra is recruiting members for upcoming concert season. Particularly seeking string players, but musicians in all sections, and of all ages and abilities, are welcome – no audition required. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays, 7-9 PM in the music room at Enumclaw Middle School, Highway 410 at 550 Semanski Street S in Enumclaw. For more information call Suzanne at 360-825-8520.

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 mhollandrisch@comcast.net.

Musicians Welcome

Come play with the Gateway Concert Band. We particularly need more trumpeters, clarinetists, and an oboist, but anyone playing a band instrument is welcome. We rehearse Monday nights, 7-9 PM, at the Enumclaw Middle School music room in Enumclaw. Call our Director at 360-825-5369 for information, and visit http://www.gatewayconcertband.org. No auditions, no dues, just fun and a lot of playing time.

Orchestra Audition

The Rainier Symphony is seeking violists, percussionists and a timpanist for the orchestra. Auditions are scheduled upon request. Visit http://www.rainiersymphony.org for more information or contact Marisa Hartman, Orchestra Manager, at 206-781-5618 for audition details.