Welcome to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) online application system.

Applications and support materials must be submitted through Submittable. Follow Submittable instructions to:

  • Register for a Submittable applicant account
  • Create your applicant profile
  • Submit applications

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call ARTS at 206.684.7171 or email arts.culture@seattle.gov. Staff is on-hand to assist applicants during business  hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 


About the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station, 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.   

Introduction

In partnership, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and the Seattle Public Library (SPL) support an experienced poet with a two-year City residency as literary ambassador. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the City, the public, and other artists, while celebrating the literary arts.


Background

The Seattle Civic Poet program, launched in 2015, is inspired by the previous Poet Populist program instituted in 1999 by Seattle City Council member Nick Licata. The goal of the Poet Populist program was to support the practice of literary arts, democracy, and promote local literary arts organizations to a general audience citywide. The Poet Populist program was discontinued in 2008. The Civic Poet program continues the legacy of the Poet Populist program by fostering community dialogue and engagement between the public and artists, while celebrating the literary arts.


Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 5 p.m. PT, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 deadline will not be accepted.


Eligibility

This call is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works, reading/spoken word plus project planning experience, and applied racial equity practice. Applicants must:

  • be Seattle-based (residence in the city of Seattle),
  • be eligible to work in the U.S.,
  • have demonstrated interest/experience in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts, and
  • show strong program planning and implementation with some partnerships


Scope of Work

The Civic Poet will generate a work plan within budget for each year that includes public readings at up to two municipal events annually and community engagement opportunities that could include classes/workshops, lectures, curatorial services, solo or group readings to engage diverse communities of all ages. The commission can include multiple small and medium opportunities plus one large scale event during this period.

Applicants do NOT need to submit a work plan for the initial application. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be compensated for a draft work plan to be presented to the panel during a finalist's interview. 


Commission

The compensation for the two-year Civic Poet commission is $15,000. Funding covers a two-year period. It compensates time for writing, administration, artist fees, performances, event costs, materials, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs.


Optional Workshop

Wednesday, June 15 

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Seattle Public Library – Columbia City Branch

4721 Rainier Ave. S.

Seattle, Washington 98118

Map

Learn what makes a strong application. The session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. All applicants are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing Irene Gómez, Civic Poet Program Manager, at irene.gomez@seattle.gov.

EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/civic-poet-2023-24-information-session-tickets-337524303277 

Application Requirements

Applications must include the following:

  1. Statement of interest and commitment to this commission, that includes your relationship to Seattle and capacity to apply racial equity practices / skills to the work (2,000 characters maximum, including spaces).
  2. Description of how new work, projects, and events will reflect new and different voices/perspectives through poetry (2,000 characters maximum, including spaces).
  3. Description of capacity to plan, implement, and partner on projects/events (2,000 characters maximum, including spaces).
  4. Résumé (three pages maximum)
  5. One letter of recommendation that endorses your literary gifts, ability to plan/implement a project, and your racial equity practice. Please note:  past Civic Poets are not able to submit a recommendation for any applicant.
  6. Two literary work samples:  two poems, no longer than five pages each  
  7. Materials showing proof of establishment within the field:
  •      publication cover, article or promotional piece
  •      audio/video of significant performance (up to 2.5 minutes)


Selection Criteria

The peer review panel will assess applications based on the following criteria:

  • Advanced skill as a generative and committed poet with strong ties to Seattle,
  • Demonstrated ability to engage audiences across sectors, ages, and cultures,
  • Capacity to apply racial equity practices/skills to work, and
  • Ability to plan and execute projects


We're Here to Help

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact Irene Gómez, Civic Poet Program Manager, at irene.gomez@seattle.gov or 206.684.7310, with any questions about this opportunity.


Questions about using Submittable? Submittable maintains an FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.

More Tips:

  • Read the call guidelines, online instructions, and, if need be, contact Submittable for any technical questions.
  • Submit your application early – do not wait until the last day to avoid errors or technical difficulties!

Introduction

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) invites individual artists, arts educators, cultural producers, arts administrators, and creative workers; small community groups; and arts and cultural organizations of all sizes to apply to participate in Hope Corps by proposing project concepts that 1) generate career opportunities for the local creative workforce and 2) contribute to the wellbeing and resiliency of our communities, over the course of either 6 or 12 months.

The Hope Corps program seeks to connect under- and unemployed workers in the creative industries with career opportunities -- specifically through projects that meet the civic needs of our times, including public health, mental health and healing, food security, storytelling, social connection and belonging, and arts education.

Hope Corps Focus Areas:

  • Public Health – deliver activities or messages to increase community health and safety
  • Mental Health & Healing – create safe and nurturing space for dialogue, reflection, creation, and joy
  • Food Security – provide nourishment for our neighbors and connect us to the earth
  • Media, Journalism & Storytelling – chronicle this moment in history, amplify important messages and diverse perspectives
  • Social Connection & Belonging – combat isolation, encourage community building, provide access and connection to people and resources, develop shared experiences
  • Arts Education – support others to develop creative skills, imagine what’s possible, and join in cultural expression

Project Concept Examples:

Note: You are not limited to the below project types.

  • Artists-in-residence at schools, in business districts or neighborhoods
  • Free performances and arts activations that engage the public
  • Free art workshops, lessons, or presentations at community gathering places or online
  • Community dialogue, healing circles, social practice
  • Capturing current moment in history – audio/visual/written documentation, historical records, community narratives
  • Creative campaigns or other outputs that address any of the six Hope Corps focus areas
  • Sustain existing paid or unpaid creative, educational, research, and service work that supports any of the six Hope Corps focus area


Application Process

  1. Apply to take part in Hope Corps by proposing your project concept and requested funding amount below by Monday, June 6, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time). 
  2. Please note all applications must be submitted via Submittable unless you have contacted us and requested another format. As well as written proposals, we can also accept audio and video responses. Contact Alex Rose, Hope Corps Project Manager, to discuss alternative applications: alex.rose@seattle.gov
  3. If your project concept is selected by the panel (August 2022), you will receive a $500 stipend to develop a final project plan, with support from ARTS staff.
  4. ARTS staff will work with selected applicants to ensure project feasibility before entering the contract phase (Fall 2022).
  5. ARTS staff will support contracted Hope Corps projects in bringing their vision to life.
  6. Hope Corps projects’ members participate in
  • Community of Practice convenings (workshops, community building)
  • Showcase opportunities
  • Mid-point and annual assessments and evaluation activities

Deadline for applications: Monday, June 6, 2022, 5:00 pm (PDT)


Funding 

Funding amounts range from $15,000-$300,000. Please use the following framework as a guide for requesting funding amounts:

6 month duration

$15,000 / Individuals – employ 1 artist or creative worker over the course of 6 months

  • $12,000 in wages (approximately 15 hrs/week)
  • $3,000 in discretionary budget (materials, courses/workshops/professional development, subcontracting)

$30,000-60,000 / Small Groups – employ 2-4 creative workers over the course of 6 months

$75,000-150,000 / Large Groups – employ 5-10 creative workers over the course of 6 months

12 month duration

$30,000 / Individuals – employ 1 artist or creative worker over the course of 12 months

  • $24,000 in wages (approximately 15 hrs/week)
  • $6,000 in discretionary budget (materials, courses/workshops/professional development, subcontracting)

$60,000-120,000 / Small Groups – employ 2-4 creative workers over the course of 12 months

$150,000-300,000 / Large Groups – employ 5-10 creative workers over the course of 12 months


Note: Projects must pay regularly contributing creative workers a minimum of $1,500 per month (the equivalent of $30 per hour x 50 hours per month)

Note: Any party that enters into a contract for Hope Corps assumes responsibility for local, state, and federal reporting to the IRS of related income and payments to creative workers.


Selection Criteria

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks. Artists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the project concept generates career opportunities for the local creative workforce.
  • The degree to which the project concept meaningfully addresses one or more of the six Hope Corps focus areas: public health, mental health and healing, food security, storytelling, social connection and belonging, and arts education.
  • The degree to which the project engages with the breadth of cultures in King County and working artists/creative workers from Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian and diaspora, immigrant, refugee, and other unserved and underserved communities.
  • The degree to which the applicant demonstrates the experience and capacity to produce the project. If they do not have the experience or capacity to produce the project on their own, the degree to which they demonstrate capacity to collaborate and produce with support from staff, production partners, or other partners in Seattle.
  • Strength and artistic vision of past work (artistic excellence, artistic merit)


Selection Process

Artists will be selected based on the strength of submitted preliminary project concept, work samples, biographical statement, and additional questions and criteria listed above by a panel that consists of artists and cultural practitioners. Selected applicants will be notified by August 31, 2022, and will work with ARTS staff to develop a final project plan.


We’re Here to Help

  • Questions about this opportunity? Please contact the Hope Corps Project Manager Alex Rose at alex.rose@seattle.gov
  • Attend an Online Application Workshop (optional). Optional virtual info sessions will be held on May 11 and 23, 2022, and a recording of the session will be available on the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture YouTube and on this application page. We highly encourage you to attend an online workshop or view the recording, especially if you are a first-time applicant. In the workshop, ARTS staff will share more information about Hope Corps and review steps of the Submittable application process. See below for RSVP links.
  • Attend an Online Application Draft Review Session (optional). Optional virtual feedback sessions will be held on May 27 and 31, 2022. Discuss your draft application or project concept with ARTS staff and receive feedback. See below for RSVP links.
  • Read the guidelines, online instructions, and, if need be, contact Submittable for any technical questions
  • Submit your application early – please do not wait until the last day, to avoid errors or technical difficulties
  • Questions about using Submittable? Submittable maintains an FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.


Hope Corps Online Application Workshops

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm - RSVP here
  • Monday, May 23, 2022, 6:00-7:00 pm - RSVP here

Draft Application Feedback Sessions

  • Friday, May 27, 2022, 11:00 am-1:00 pm - RSVP here
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 4:00-6:00 pm - RSVP here


Missed the workshop? You can watch the video of it here: https://youtu.be/k0G6zLe_6yk


Additional Opportunities 

Hope Corps is one of many ways that the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture supports individuals and organizations. Join our mailing list to learn about professional development, arts funding, and creative youth program opportunities.