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Open Opportunities for Artists and Vendors

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2017 Kent Summer Art Exhibit & Purchase Awards

Deadline: March 22, 2017, 5:00

Eligibility: Open to artists residing in WA.

The City of Kent seeks prints, photographs, paintings, works on paper and other types of artwork for the juried Kent Summer Art Exhibit. All artworks selected for the juried exhibit are then eligible for City Art Purchase Awards and Kent Arts Commission Exhibit Awards. To accommodate a large number of accomplished, regional artists, the exhibition is displayed salon style in the Centennial Center Gallery and adjacent conference rooms. The exhibition will be on display from June 7th through August 24, 2017. Kent residents and first-time applicants are encouraged to apply.

An Awards Panel will award a total of $15,000 to one or more artists to receive The City Art Purchase Award. This panel will also choose between 3‐5 artists to receive the 2018 Kent Arts Commission Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award. Artists are eligible to receive multiple awards. All participating artists and their guests will be invited to the Summer Art Exhibit Reception Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (6:30-8:00 pm).


Fourth of July Splash Community Showcase Application

The Fourth of July Splash is pleased to present the Community Showcase at the Fourth of July Splash.  This is an opportunity for local performers to play in front of their own town on the Splash main stage.  Performance times are 30-45 minutes and include a professional sound tech.  Entertainers simply need to bring their instruments and be ready to do their thing in front over 5,000 people.  The Splash takes place on Tuesday, July 4th.  Performance times range from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Application deadline is April 21, 2017


Kent Arts Commission launches Kent Creates

The Kent Arts Commission is proud to announce the launch of Kent Creates. This web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors is meant to be a community of imagination and inspiration for anyone who creates or seeks to be inspired by creativity.

Kent Creates is for artists, musicians, writers, crafters, illustrators, dancers, filmmakers, hobbyists, and other creatives to share their work and meet people with similar interests. Creative work of all kinds may be shared on  – drawings, cartoons, recipes, do-it-yourself how-to videos, short films, and anything else creative minds can dream up.

The Kent Arts Commission believes strongly in the power of art to transform the lives of individuals and communities, and that creative pursuits are truly for everyone – not just professional artists. We know Kent – and the larger Puget Sound region – is home to a wealth of creativity including writers, musicians, singers, photographers, filmmakers, and others keeping traditional ethnic arts alive. We are pleased to implement Kent Creates to build connections through showcasing that creativity.

The next exhibit for Kent Creates is open January 23 through March 31 and focuses on the theme of “Home.”

Work may be submitted through March 31, at which time the exhibit will close. The Kent Arts Commission will select the top five pieces, which will receive $100 honorariums and featured status on the site.Kent Creates is free to use and anyone, anywhere can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent. 

Give Me Culture Grant Overview

The City of Kent Arts Commission’s “Give Me Culture” program offers small, flexible grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the general public in Kent. Awards are intended to broaden participation in, and showcasing of, arts and culture activities, especially by ethnically diverse or underserved communities.

$1,000 award maximum
No deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, year-round (must be received at least three months before the start of the project or event date)

2016 funding has been allocated, applications will be considered again for the 2017 calendar year.


Community Art Support Grant

The City of Kent Arts Commission’s Community Arts Support Program provides financial support for arts projects by arts and cultural organizations, community service groups and individual artists. The program is designed to encourage, develop and support community arts programming that serves the general public in the Kent area. Through the program, the Commission seeks to provide opportunities for innovation and for the development of unique services outside the scope of the Commission’s existing programming. The Kent Arts Commission will support these programs financially as funds are available and budgeted for the year.

We encourage you to contact our office in advance to discuss your proposed project. We will be happy to clarify any restrictions or qualifications in advance so that your application has the best chance for success. New applicants are especially encouraged to call and consult with a staff person. Please call 253-856-5050 with any questions after reviewing the guidelines and application below.

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