Covington seeks new arts commissioner

City of Covington

The City of Covington is seeking art enthusiasts to apply for open Arts Commission positions. Arts Commissioners serve the city as advisors to the City Council in matters of art, and coordinate various art programs and events in the city, including the monthly artwork display in the City Hall Art Gallery. Arts Commissioners also organize the annual Student Art Show, which includes contacting business owners, inventorying submitted artwork, and creating the exhibit in collaboration with Covington business owners.

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.


  • Adults – $1,000
  • Youth (13 to 18) – $200
  • Children (12 and under) – $200


  • Send 2 copies of up to 3 typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
  • Include name, address, email, telephone number, and age (if youth or child) in upper right hand corner of one copy of each poem.
  • Title each poem.
  • Do not staple individual poems together.
  • Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.
  • (Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize)

Fee: $15 for up to three poems for Adult entires. No fee for Youth or Children’s entries.

Judging: Judging done by a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Send Entries to:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced by October 1, 2015 on the Foundation’s website. Winners will be notified by mail. For more information, rules, and procedures visit

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.

Auditions – Peter Pan Jr. and Rent: Student Edition

The Hi-Liners 

Auditions: 4/18/2015

Callbacks: 4/25/2015

The Hi-Liners DownStage Center Summer Shows are holding auditions for Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. and Rent: Student Edition. The age range for Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is 7–15, and 14–22 for Rent: Student Edition. Our age limits are guidelines. Sometimes 6-year-olds audition, but remember, cast members MUST be able to read. Sometimes we accept older students for particularly challenging shows. If you are outside the age range and would like to audition, contact us at for details.

Call for on-site reviewers

Application deadline: 4/6/2015

The On-Site Review program is part of how 4Culture evaluates the many arts and heritage organizations who receive Sustained Support funding. All of these organizations (choruses, theaters, art galleries, historical societies, orchestras, dance troupes, film collectives, literary groups, museums, service organizations, and more) tell us which of their events best reflect who they are—which programs best embody the quality of their efforts and the essence of their mission. Then 4Culture sends On-Site Reviewers to these events, who write up brief but substantial reviews, which are later given to the panels that consider the Sustained Support recipients’ next application. The goal of these reviews is to give the panelists a patron’s-eye-view of the organization, to flesh out their understanding of what these organizations actually do.

Call to artists – Astronauts on the Town

Museum of Flight
Application deadline: 4/17/2015, 5 PM

“Astronaut” is the mascot of the Museum of Flight, created back in 2012 as part of the Museum’s “Now Everyone Can Be An Astronaut” ad campaign. A vivacious, curious character in a spacesuit, Astronaut has become an established feature in the Museum’s social media and advertising.

The Museum of Flight is launching an Astronauts on the Town campaign this summer, featuring 25 astronaut statues that will be placed in various public spaces from Friday, June 12 to Friday, September 11, 2015. Most host locations will be within King County and will be indoors and easily accessed by the public. Some of the host locations include: Washington State Convention Center, Northgate Mall, Pike Place Market, Ballard Locks, etc.

Artists are being invited to submit designs to the Museum of Flight. If your design is chosen, you will be provided with the statue, which is composed of cast resin mixed with fiberglass and is adhered to a wood base (dimensions: 33″ long, 31″ wide, 75″ tall, 80 pounds). These statues will be made available to artists to pick up during the last week of April, who will then have about six weeks to complete their design on the statue. Completely decorated astronaut statues are due back at the Museum of Flight on June 10. 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.

Benchmarks – call to artists

Auburn Arts Division
Application deadline: 4/13/2015

The City of Auburn Arts Division is launching BenchMarks, a new program that will see artistically altered benches placed throughout the City.  Built by Green River Community College Carpentry Division, these benches are a blank canvas for community groups to make their mark.  As a means to build community pride and get people engaged in creating art, the BenchMark program will place 15 benches throughout the City from July – October 2015.

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 performing artists – from Bellevue

City of Bellevue

The City of Bellevue is compiling a list of performing artists from theatre, music and dance who would like to be on the City of Bellevue Performing Artists list. This list is used when Bellevue and other Eastside organizations are looking for performing artists for cultural and community events. If you are interested in being on the list, please send your name, and/or name of organization, type of performer or performance offered and contact info, including phone, website and email address to Kevin Henry at Contact him with your questions, too, if you have any.

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.

ArtsEd Washington executive director

ArtsEd Washington
Application deadline: 3/31/2015

ArtsEd Washington seeks an energetic, self-motivated change agent to serve as its next Executive Director. We’ve had many successes over the last ten years and are poised to create an even deeper statewide impact on arts education in Washington. This position offers opportunities to define and contribute meaningfully to a forward-looking agenda that advances arts education in our schools. The executive will build and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with funders, organizations, and other groups to strengthen advocacy and outreach initiatives. Our next leader will effectively communicate priorities through a wide variety of means, including public speaking. They will be comfortable interacting with and engaging diverse audiences and constituents. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of ArtsEd Washington programs, fundraising and business operations. The executive’s work is also multi-faceted and hands-on – from relationship building at the highest levels one day to budgeting the next. For full description of the position, click 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:

Call to artists – photographic exhibition

Washington State Convention Center
Submission deadline: 4/10/2015

Every year, thousands of people from around the world attend events at the Washington State Convention Center, providing opportunities to introduce the abundance of the farmed and harvested riches of our state to many new markets. The Convention Center announces this call for artists for an upcoming photographic exhibition showcasing the bounty of the Washington State harvest and all the people who make it exceptional.

ArtsWA Project Support Grants

Washington State Arts Commission
Deadlines: beginning 4/20, depending on arts organization size
Online grant applications are now available for the ArtsWA Grants to Organization (GO) Project Support grants. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are available for small, mid-sized and large institutions.

Apply for Kent’s Fourth of July Splash community showcase

Kent Arts Commission
Application deadline: 4/17/2015

The Fourth of July Splash is pleased to present the Community Showcase at the Fourth of July Splash. This is an opportunity for local performers to play in front of their own town on the Splash main stage. Performance times are 30-45 minutes and include a professional sound tech. Entertainers simply need to bring their instruments and be ready to do their thing in front over 5,000 people. The Splash takes place on Saturday, July 4th. Performance times range from 12:30 – 6 PM. For application, click here.

Call for climate change shorts by young filmmakers

University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Deadline: 4/13/2015

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences announces a climate change video contest. Contestants should make a short film (three minutes or less) that answers the question, “What does climate change mean to you?” Your video may address the impacts, challenges, and solutions associated with climate change at any scale, from your everyday life to the world around you. It can take on any format imaginable – claymation, music video, film noir mystery, ballet, stand-up comedy routine, rock opera, documentary. The contest has two categories, high school and undergraduate. Submissions are due April 13 and first prize in each category is $5,000. Click here for more information.

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 for tattoos on active and ex-military members

White River Valley Museum
Deadline: 4/1/2015

The White River Valley Museum in Auburn, WA invites all local active and ex-military members to submit an entry for the upcoming exhibit, “Service Ink: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories.” Entries must be military-inspired tattoos and include a high resolution photo (900 x 1500 pixels or 4 x 6 in-focus print). The online entry form at includes a 50 word description of why you chose that tattoo image, and asks for the brief story behind the military inspired tattoo(s). Applicants must be ex- or active United States military or Reserves and reside in Washington State. The deadline for both online and U.S. mail submissions is 4:30 PM on April 1, 2015. All complete and appropriate entries will be accepted and included in this special community-based exhibit.

Call to sculptors – Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery

City of Auburn
Application deadline: 4/20/2015

The City of Auburn invites sculptors to submit proposals for Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan to the City for a period of twelve months and can be available for sale during that time. Each artist will receive a $1000 stipend and at the conclusion of the exhibition a work or works from the exhibition may be purchased for inclusion in the City of Auburn’s permanent collection. Purchase budget is $10,000. Click here for application.

Call to artists – Auburn ArtRageous

City of Auburn
Application deadline: 4/13/2015

Seeking talented and creative teaching artists to lead art making activities at the variety of City of Auburn summer festivals and events. This is a paid opportunity.  Complete application and details here.

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.

Call to artists – Witte Road Phase 3 Improvement Project

Maple Valley Arts Commission
Deadline: extended to 4/10/2015

The City of Maple Valley invites Pacific Northwest artists (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) to submit responses to a Request for Qualifications to design artwork that will be installed in conjunction with the City of Maple Valley’s Witte Road Phase 3 Improvement Project. The artwork selected for this public art will be owned by the City of Maple Valley.

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.

Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

Seattle Public Library Foundation
Deadline: 3/31/2015

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship competition. The contest is open to high school seniors and college undergraduates who live, work, or attend school in Seattle. Students are invited to submit a 1,500 word essay on civic courage and the first place entry wins a $5,000 scholarship. There are also two $2,500 scholarships. Top essays are reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges, including Sherman Alexie, Jon Krakauer, and Jonathan Raban. Winners will be chosen in May. Full contest details are here.

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.

Challenge America grants

National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: 4/16/2015

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

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