Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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Our Youth Arts Grant supports equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle's Middle and High School aged youth. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021

Our Youth Arts Grant supports equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle’s Middle and High School aged youth. Programs occur outside of school hours and are led by experienced teaching artists working in communities to increase arts and cultural opportunities for young people from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

Data shows that the greatest disparities between young people who have access to arts education and those who don’t are based on race, socio economics, home language and disabilities. As with all of the Office of Arts & Culture’s Creative Youth Programs, Youth Arts Grant prioritizes programs serving young people within these demographics.


Individual teaching artists, art and cultural organizations, youth-service agencies, and degree-granting institutions are eligible to apply. Projects must take place between September 2021 – August 2022 and must be available for Middle and High School young people within Seattle.


Recipients will receive a total of $6,000 distributed over one (1) year for Youth Arts funding support (for programs in 2021-22). The $6,000 is available to support project expenses.


March 22, 2021 at 10:59pm Pacific.

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