Local Arts Agencies are a network of municipal arts commissions based in 22 cities in King County. Proposals that do not identify a specific location or that wish to be considered by the consortium of LAA coordinators should indicate this in their project narrative. Where appropriate, projects may be selected and presented in multiple locations.
Application Deadline: September 28, 2017 5pm PST
Staff facilitates a panel review of all eligible applications. Eligible applications which do not specify a venue for public presentation will may be reviewed by the network of Local Arts Agencies. LAA coordinators will may submit a letter of interest for selected projects. The review panel will select and recommend the most highly qualified projects for funding based on the Evaluation and Award Criteria.
The following criteria will be considered by the review committee in selecting proposals for the 2017 ‘Tech-Specific’ Program. In addition to these criteria, the overall selection of proposals will include consideration of geographic, ethnic and discipline diversity.
How to prepare your ONLINE application
Applicants may submit work samples in two forms of media including a website URL. Work samples should be organized to accommodate approximately five (5) minutes of viewing time.
Website submissions should be clearly organized with instructions on the work sample description page to direct panelists to relevant work samples.
A maximum of three (3) work samples. Each applicant's work will be reviewed for a cumulative total of five (5) minutes maximum.
Way To Submit (choose one)
External Site Upload:
You may submit up to three audio files using SoundCloud. All submissions must be publicly accessible. You may not submit private files with a password (see below). Once you have uploaded your files to SoundCloud that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the SoundCloud URL (e.g. http://soundcloud.com/bob-m/03-bob-smith) in your application, in the order in which you would like the files reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites.
If you need your audio files to be private, mail in or deliver one (1) CD with audio samples, in the required format. Label the CD clearly with your full name/group name and your discipline (e.g. music). All CDs must be self-executable and ready to play on a portable sound system.
A maximum of fifteen (15) JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed. JPG (.jpg) files only. Images must be under 2MB, 1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi at least. TIFF and other file formats will not be accepted. Files names must use only numbers, letters and underscores. Label your images in the following manner: 01_LastName_FirstInitial. Example: 01_Smith_A, 02_Smith_A etc... Images will be presented one at a time during the application review process.
Way To Submit
Upload JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed, in the required format.
A writing sample, in English, on white, 8.5x11" paper, of no more than twenty-five (25) pages (plus one (1) cover page) with a minimum font size of 12 points. Include a cover page with your name and title of work(s).
Way To Submit
Portable Document Format (.pdf) preferred, (25) page maximum.
A maximum of three (3) work samples.
Way To Submit
External Site Upload:
You may submit up to three videos using Vimeo. Once you have uploaded video selections to Vimeo that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the Vimeo URL (e.g. http://www.vimeo.com/2992575) on the Work Sample Description sheet in the order in which you would like the videos reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites. All submissions must be publicly accessible (not private).
Mail in or deliver One (1) DVD with a maximum of three (3) work samples in the order in which they are to be reviewed. DVDs must be self-executable and if possible, with chapters. DVDs must be clearly labeled with group name and project title. DVDs will be played on a DVD player, not a computer. Test your DVD on stand-alone players prior to submission. MOV, WMV and other file formats will not be accepted.
Applicants may mail in or hand-deliver work samples. Mailed materials must have a United State Postal Service postmark of September 29, 2016 and be sent to:
101 Prefontaine Place S
Seattle, WA 98104
Note: Once you have submitted your application, you will still be able to print and save it for your files, but you will not be able to edit it. Please let staff know once you have submitted your application so that we may begin the review process.
This funding opportunity is currently closed. We will reopen the application for this opportunity at least 6 weeks before the next deadline.
All 4Culture contracting and invoicing is now completed online through the application website. Once a grant is awarded recipients will receive notification of the award and their contract through email. After the contract documents are signed and approved, recipients may log in to complete an invoice for a first phase of payment. Recipients may submit their final invoice after the public presentation of their project is completed.
All applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop prior to submitting your application. These free workshops provide you an opportunity to ask questions, understand specific guidelines, and be taken through a step-by-step review of the application process.
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Program staff provides one-on-one application assistance upon request. Contact Charlie Rathbun at 206.263.1607 for more information.
Africatown Center for Education and Innovation
An interactive online class with global tech partners in Gambia, West Africa.
Purchase of AutoCad computer software program to draft models of scenic a designs.
A series of light art events set in Volunteer Park, Kabuto Gardens, and Seattle Center
City of Shoreline
To develop new platforms for the display and experience of augmented reality both indoors (City Hall) and in urban forest parks.
An interactive kinetic installation designed to engage with the environment and the public through a reflective, responsive interface.
Degenerate Art Ensemble
Collaboration with virtual reality company Mechanical Dreams to create an immersive video/performance experience based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Red Shoes.
Kaley Lane Eaton
A multimedia experience for string quartet, electronic body sensors, electric harp, video projection, poetry, and dance, tells one orphan girl’s story of immigrating to the Pacific NW.
A festival of sound, light, and movement. 12 musicians, 7 visual artists, and 4 dancers celebrate winter with immersive music and art.
An interactive video installation reflecting a sense of suburban boredom and loneliness based on poem by Canon Parker “The Kids”.
A trembling overhead paper topography moves in response to the sonified impulse responses of recent high magnitude earthquakes recorded in the NW.
Hot Bit Soup LLC
Objects are embedded into a haptic feedback virtual reality art installation that includes tangible and virtual objects to interact with.
A multimedia installation by MSHR in the Georgetown gallery with musical performances and instrument building workshops facilitated by the artists.
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Creation and presentation of three new multidisciplinary and technology based gallery installations.
The artist and her team will project the image of an old growth forest on the grain terminal (silos) at Pier 86 for a period of 2-4 months as proof of concept for an ongoing series of illuminated projections on the terminal.
Five short compositions dealing with major events in Seattle’s history. An elaborate sound architecture will be designed and constructed to reinforce the performances with voices and instruments relayed through an array of large kinetic speakers.
A documentary that examines past, present and future innovation in Seattle’s Central District and South End Neighborhoods that aims to spark inter-generational conversations between entrepreneurs of color utilizing technology to push sustainability and innovation.
Northwest Art Center
This project exposes youth and adults to new technology and art materials with which to innovate, challenge creative and critical thinking skills and exhibit their works in a mini-maker faire exhibit.
Now Here This
Interactive installations exploring the social phenomenon of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
On the Boards
Digital masterclasses distributed through OntheBoards.tv to provide education in contemporary performance.
A one-night exhibition combining music, oral history, spoken word performance, sound-based objects and installations to activate an immersive, embodied, and politicized listening environment.
Performance installation choreographing dance within an artificially induced cloud environment.
Third Place Technologies
A collaborative installation at the Electric Sky festival in Skykomish with sensing, interactive flora and fauna that evoke an awareness of the forest as a living being with emergent consciousness.
Ceramic LDM 3D printer, slip mixer, and test kiln for a ceramic studio and research hub specializing in slipcast porcelain. The process will expand this knowledge to other practitioners and to the general public in the Pacific NW.
This exhibition will showcase the artwork created throughout the creative process of video game design with a focus on female game artists from the Seattle area.
A 3D dance-art video and free community viewing event.
Black Box 3.0 is an international art, film and technology festival for local and emerging talent working with mobile apps, interactive media, data visualization, augmented reality, virtual reality, gaming, social media, generative software, surveillance, holography, robotics and more.
Bellevue Arts Museum
Atoms+Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age will present approximately 50 works, ranging from objects to interactive experiences, by more than 30 international makers that span the digital and the analogue worlds.
City of Auburn
Artist Suzanne Tidwell will design and install a large scale, interactive LED sculpture in the ceiling of Auburn’s new Community Center and Teen Maker Space and include workshops for participants on methods and applications for programming the sculpture.
Exercises in Passivity is a video installation that uses sleep states/patterns to control a fleet of remote unmanned aerial vehicles (or, ‘drones’). The project uses neuroscience methodology to combine surveillance themes and sleep states as closely linked through their shared concepts of privacy, vulnerability and trust.
Encephalophone Ensemble will present public performances of new compositions of music and video projection featuring the Encephalophone, a musical instrument that generates musical notes controlled by the conscious thoughts of the user.
Places of Solitude will be an interactive, immersive, spherical video experience that features short vignettes about the city and natural environments, recorded in five separate locations. Because the viewer can look in any direction they will have the sense of truly being in that space.
Interactive Installation; Founding artists of the new media company Cold Brew Collective will collaborate with a neuroscientist to bring virtual reality technology and biosignal measurement systems together to create a virtual experience tour of one’s own body.
Print Making at Cedar River Watershed; The artist will produce a new series of site specific collagraphs that speak to the stewardship, biodiversity, and sustainability of the Cedar River Watershed. Visitors will be able to take away collagraphs they have inked and printed themselves as keepsakes of their visit to the Watershed.
Sound/Performance Installation Working in a building slated for redevelopment the artist will create an interior sound installation using powerful sound transducers which transform the walls into speakers, as though the walls are literally talking. The artist will engage the neighborhood in contributing their thoughts, feelings and recorded ephemera for inclusion into the sound design.
We; A collaborative team of artists will create a large scale sculptural installation with interactive lighting and sound elements controlled by the viewer.
Brent Watanabe at Bumbershoot; Multi-media artist Brent Watanabe will create a large scale interactive environmental centerpiece for the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Festival in one or more spaces at Seattle Center.
Kodochrome Mirage; The artist will work in collaboration with a physicist and engineer to recreate the effect of a desert mirage using a large scale photographic installation and imbedded heating elements.
Clearwater, a new feature documentary from Tracy Rector, is the story of the unique relationship between tribal peoples and the waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). The online component will showcase a community-generated mapping project that will take users on an interactive video tour of the Salish Sea.
Viola Organista; An aspiring educator and graduating senior at Cornish College the artist explores the teaching of musical concepts through the creation of complex kinetic machines. For this project he will use Leonardo Da Vinci’s primitive model of a hurdy gurdy device augmenting it with electric motors, keyboard and pedals.
Drone Photogrammetry; Photogrammetry is a digital imaging process by which hundreds of photographs are combined to make textured 3D models of a structure or landscape. The artist will incorporate drone technology to create narrative animations and large-scale digital prints of Seattle’s rapidly changing built environments.
Non-native; A programmed light installation in an outdoor natural setting will be designed to mimic the male-female communicative flash patterns of Photinus Pyralis, a common species of firefly found in much of the Eastern United States.
Making Music While the Sun Shines; The artist will create an interactive installation in an outdoor public space featuring a mounted camera and software that extracts the color and position of objects below to translate them into rhythmic sounds and music.
Generativity; Multi-disciplinary artist Fernanda D’Agostino will collaborate with choreographers, sound and video artists to create an interactive environmental performance installation as the final exhibition of the Suyama Space before it closes at the end of 2016.
Third Place Technologies
The Luminous Garden at Electric Sky builds on a successful initiative last year to bring dozens of artists and technology developers together for a weekend “campathon” in the rural town of Skykomish. A 24 hour Creativity Lab will create a madhouse of electronics, laptops, Arduinos, LEDS, lasers, and 3D printers, and installations.
Velocity Dance Center
Dance Film Track is a three-week immersion offering adult students the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers to learn how to create original dance films. The program takes students through every step of the process as they conceive, direct, produce and present their own films.
In order to receive your funds, you must sign a Contract or Letter of Agreement with 4Culture, making you or your group the "Contractor". The contract spells out the services you or your group will provide and the public benefits described in your application. If you want to make any modifications to the project or public benefit described in your application, please contact Charlie Rathbun to discuss the changes to your agreement.
In an effort to make our contract process simpler and reduce our impact on the environment, 4Culture will now provide your contract and invoicing documents electronically.
Once your grant’s Scope of Service and Public Benefit have been developed, 4Culture prepares a contract for your review and signature. When it is ready, you will receive an e-mail from us through DocuSign. This email will contain a link to your documents, and you can review and electronically sign your contract. You will not be able to make changes to the contract, but if there is an error or you need to request changes, please Charlie Rathbun.
After you have electronically signed your contract, and have returned any requested forms (such as a completed W-9 Form), 4Culture will also electronically sign your contract. Then, DocuSign will automatically e-mail you a signed, digital copy of your contract to keep for your permanent records. You’ll be ready to move ahead with your project.
Once your 4Culture contract is signed by you and by 4Culture, your new grant will be listed in your account at apply.4Culture.org under the Manage Awards section. To request grant funds, follow the “Request Payment” link next to the relevant contract and complete the Payment Request form.
After you have signed and submitted your Contract and W9 Form, you may submit an invoice for a request for 50% of your total grant, Phase I of your contract for project planning and development. If you have not previously submitted your W-9 Form, you must do so before we can make a payment. Refer to your Scope of Service for each Phase Payment of your contract.
Once you have submitted your Payment Request electronically, your program manager is notified by the system – you do not need to email us. We will review and approve the invoice, and send you a check (usually within 14 days). If any of the forms are filled out incorrectly, we will contact you.
If you cannot complete your project and public benefit by the date your contract closes, please contact your program manager for a possible contract extension.
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In order to receive your final payment and close out your contract you must do the following by the deadline date indicated on your Contract or Letter of Agreement document. If you cannot complete your project and public benefit by that date, please contact Charlie Rathbun for a possible contract extension. Final documents include:
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