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.

Seeking artist for site-specific public artwork

Deadline: 6/2/2015, 5 PM

Parkstone Properties seeks an artist or established artist team working at the intersection of art, technology, and quirk to create a site-specific public artwork. The artwork will integrate with and activate the façade(s) of an apartment building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The developer and architect team are open to a variety of approaches, in terms of artistic media and the method of integrating with or attaching to the building fabric. Of particular interest are play with color, energy efficient lighting, inventive use of everyday materials, lenticular printing and digital fabrication.

Parkstone Properties has hired 4Culture to manage the public artwork development in full, from artist selection to design and implementation. Eligibility: Open to professional artists and artist teams residing in WA, OR and CA.
Budget: $150,000. Information: Tamar Benzikry-Stern 206-263-1617.

PAWA poetry contest

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).

Run away with the circus

SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts)
Open until filled

You wouldn’t have to run far. SANCA, located in Georgetown, seeks an office manager – .75 position is available immediately with potential for full-time. Rate of pay DOE. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, sick leave. For more information, click here.

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.

Operations and development manager

Open until filled

The beautiful Shadow Lake Nature Preserve (Save Habitat And Diversity of Wetlands/SHADOW) is located in Renton. Reporting to the Board President, and cooperatively leading the organization’s day-to-day operations with the Community Engagement and Program Manager, the Operations and Development Manager’s primary responsibilities are ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization’s financial & operational functions and spearheading SHADOW’s development efforts. Start as soon as possible.

Thirty hours a week, 49 weeks a year. Salary of $28,664 annually with $125 monthly healthcare stipend after 90 days and one week of paid vacation annually. For complete details, click here.

Northwest Sense of Place

Port of Seattle
Deadline: 5/14/2015

The North Seattle-Tacoma Airport Terminal Renovations Program (NorthSTAR) is an unprecedented working arrangement between the Port of Seattle (Port) and Alaska Air Group (AAG), a major component of which is the renovation and expansion of Sea-Tac Airport’s 40-year-old North Satellite Terminal. Establishing a strong mood and narrative thread is the overall design intent for the North Satellite, requiring architecture and art to interweave. The goal is a layering that creates a deep sense of place, an experiential meaning, and a consciously regional experience, referring both to the natural environment and the region’s mediated or synthetic landscape. The region’s diverse environment, culture, spirit, history, and industry contribute to the distinctive qualities and character that the project team refers to as the “Northwest Sense of Place.” The Northwest Sense of Place and experience will be generated and focused throughout the overarching, immersive character of the larger terminal space with a nested set of human scale, specifically located “moments.” Open to all qualifying artists. Budget: $350,000
More information:

Call for photography teacher

Burien Arts Association

Burien Arts seeks a photography teacher to teach four two-hour workshops this summer to middle-school students. Dates are August 4, 6, 11 and 13 from 1-3 PM each day. Teacher will be compensated and materials are provided. Be a part of a positive experience for middle-school students and help them to learn about and appreciate art!
If interested, please e-mail resume and a little about yourself to

Heritage Collections Care funding available

Application deadline: 6/24/2015

This annual funding program provides support for projects that promote and encourage professional standards and practices in the collection, preservation, assessment and perpetual care of historic and cultural materials, artifacts, and archival records pertaining to the heritage of King County.

Stipends for WaMA conference

First come, first served

Registration is now open for the 2015 Washington Museum Association Conference, which will be held June 24-26 at the Maryhill Art Museum of Art near Goldendale. 4Culture is offering stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members planning to attend the annual statewide conference. The 2015 WaMA Conference “Treasures of Washington’s Museums: What Are Yours?” features radio journalist and author Harriet Baskas as keynote speaker; opening reception at Maryhill Winery; pre-conference workshops; awards program; annual banquet; and stimulating breakout sessions.

To be eligible for a 4Culture stipend, a prospective recipient must reside in King County, and be a staff member, volunteer, or board member of a heritage organization in King County. 4Culture 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 summary of their experiences.

An individual requesting a stipend must submit a letter of interest detailing his or her status with a King County heritage museum, his or her reasons for attending the WaMA conference, and his or her reasons for desiring a stipend. Letters of interest should contain the individual’s contact information, including daytime phone number, mailing and e-mail addresses; and be sent as an email attachment to Eric Taylor, eric.taylor@4Culture.

Stipends are awarded on a first come, first served basis, and are limited in number. Stipend checks will be presented to recipients during the WaMA Annual Awards program, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

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.

Auditions for teens – Legally Blonde – the Musical

Auburn Ave Theater
Audition date: 6/6/2015

Opportunity for kids ages 14-19 to participate in Auburn Community Players Summer Teen Musical directed by Dave Cox with choreographer Stephanie Cox. “Legally Blonde: The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Auditions are Saturday, June 6, noon – 5 PM at the Auburn Ave Theatre, 10 Auburn Avenue, Auburn.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays-Fridays; June 30-August 6, 6-9 PM and select Saturdays, June 13-August 1.

Showtimes: August 7 at 7 PM; August 8 at 2 PM and 7 PM; August 9 at 2 PM. All tickets $12, Auburn Ave Theater.

Fee: $175 for Auburn residents; $200 for non-residents. Register for Class #43175 by calling 253-931-3043

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. 

2015 Public Arts Roster Competition

Washington State Arts Commission
Deadline: 6/23/2015

ArtsWA is accepting online applications for its 2015 Public Art Roster. This is a list of professional visual artists eligible for commissions of new work through ArtsWA’s Art in Public Places Program. Selected artists will be qualified for state-funded percent-for-art projects with budgets from $35,000 to $300,000 in colleges, universities, public schools, and state agencies. For more information check the website at or contact Michael Sweney at

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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