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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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.