Can you help me format images and prepare an artist resume for an application?
High quality, correctly formatted images are crucial to a successful application. To best represent your work, have your work professionally photographed. You can find guidelines for formatting images and preparing an artist resume in our Best Practices
How is public art funded in King County?
Using percent for art funds from County construction projects, artwork is commissioned to tell the story of place, create engaging public spaces, and bring forward important issues of ecology, site use and history. Our County partners include Facilities Management, Transit, Roads, Solid Waste and Wastewater Treatment. % for art dollars fund integrated artwork and a rotating collection of portable artwork. Check out a map of the Public Art Collection
What other resources are there for landmark owners besides 4Culture?
Depending on what kind of property you own, and what type of landmark it is, there are several funding opportunities available for preservation projects through various private, state and federal agencies. These opportunities range from tax breaks for businesses, loans for non-profits, to small and large grants for individuals and organizations. The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
website provides a good breakdown of government/non-profit programs, as well as contact information. There are also a number of private foundations which offer preservation grants, information for which can be found at your local library and/or online at a site like www.preservationdirectory.com
Hi, I am ready to submit receipts for my 4Culture project. How do I do that?
Our office sends each award recipient a contract packet. Included in this packet are copies of the project's contract, a copy of the project invoice, and a list of deliverables that each recipient is responsible for submitting for reimbursement. Please note: different funding programs may require different deliverables so check your contract packet. When you are ready to submit for reimbursement, fill out the invoice, attach your deliverables/receipts and send it to us. If you have misplaced your contract packet, or materials included within, contact our office, we’re happy to help! Visit our Manage Your Award
section for more information.
I recently applied to 4Culture for funding. I read through the guidelines and am now wondering, who are these people that will judge my artwork and accomplishments? 4Culture staff told me that artists and arts administrators often serve as jurors, but how are they selected? Why does 4Culture fund this way?
4Culture is a proud proponent of a "peer-panel review process." Jurors, often referred to as panelists are selected by the staff members managing a program. They are selected based upon numerous criterion, the foremost being expertise in their discipline. In addition, we also seek panelists offering diversity including: ethnic diversity; geographic diversity (where they live or work); stylistic variety (traditional, contemporary etc); and organizational scale (from small budgets to large), interest and availability.
4Culture funds many programs this way because, much like the judicial jury process, it often results in a fair, well considered, review. Panelists are often required to do a large volume of reading prior to the actual panel meeting and then, as a group, they meet to discuss all applications.
It is a lot of work, but an amazing way to see what is going on in our community. 4Culture welcomes panelist recommendations. If you would like to suggest yourself or someone you admire in your field, please send their name, area of expertise and contact information to info[to]4culture.org with "Panelist Suggestion" in the subject line.
We tell applicants who are not selected for funding one year to apply again. The panelist change each year and therefore, so does the configuration of entire panel. Different people make different choices. Our advice: apply!
I am a visual artist who regularly exhibits my paintings in cafes, restaurants and bars around Washington. I am planning to show work in at a popular Seattle cafe. They take only a 10% commission, but have told me that they are not liable for any damages to my artwork while it is at the cafe. Is this true?
Visual artists in Washington State are fortunate to have protection under a state law that states an "art dealer is strictly liable for the loss of or damage to the work of fine art while it is in the art dealer's possession." The definition of art dealer is broad and includes "a person, partnership, firm, association, or corporation…" So, in your case we think the cafe owner(s), because they are taking a cut of your sales, we think they are liable for any potential damage to your work while it's on exhibit there.* Learn more by reading the code
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I own a cute little 1920s bungalow. I am looking to make the original windows more energy efficient, and think I may need to replace them. What are my options?
Original wood windows on historic buildings are important architectural features - their craftsmanship and unique design often is irreplaceable. What many don’t realize is that the repair and weatherization of existing wood windows can be very practical. The National Park Service offers free technical briefs on repair techniques; Preservation Brief 9
addresses wood windows. Properly maintained and repaired wooden windows will increase energy efficiency, and continue to enhance the historic character of the building. Hope this helps, and good luck!
My family just moved to the Seattle area. My husband and I are all both artists and want to get our kids involved in creative activities, but we don’t really know where to find information about classes and events. We’ve been scanning the newspapers, but are there other places to look for this kind of information?
Perhaps in honor of your arrival to Seattle, this November the Seattle Public Schools launched a enewsletter
for the Visual and Performing Arts. This monthly newsletter provides detailed information for parents, guardians, students and teachers about art activities for children and teens. Another great local resource is Parent Map
. Search their calendar and resource list for hundreds of creative learning opportunities for kids. If you have teenagers, check out TeenTix
, which offers tickets to concerts, museums, movies and performances for only $5. These few resources should get you started. Welcome to the Northwest!