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Give Me Culture Grants 

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 public in Kent. Awards are intended to broaden participation in, and showcasing of, arts and culture activities, especially by ethnically diverse or under-served 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) SteelMagicNW17

How to apply: 

Program Guidelines

Online Application


(253) 856-5050

Kent Arts Commission announces Kent Creates exhibit opportunity

The Kent Arts Commission is seeking entries for an online exhibit via Kent Creates, a web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors. 

The most recent exhibit is open January 1 through March 31 and focuses on the theme of “New Year.” The call for entriesencourages artists and creative minds to gain inspiration from new beginnings, the passage of time, celebrations, and anything related to a brand-new year. 

The “New Year” exhibit is open to any creative endeavor – photographs, paintings, poems, recipes, short films, songs, or stories – anything creative minds can dream up. Work may be submitted January 1 through March 31. The Kent Arts Commission will select the top five pieces, which will receive $200 honorariums and featured status on the site. 

Kent Creates encourages Kent residents to be creative; it is a web platform 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 Kent Creates is free to use and anyone can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent.

Photo credit: Ken Morris, The Light of the Galaxy, mixed media


2019 Kent Summer Art Exhibit and Purchase Awards

Deadline:  March 13, 2019 5:00 pm 

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Eligibility: Open to Artists residing in Washington State. Kent residents and first-time applicants are encouraged to apply. 

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 5th through August 21, 2019. 

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 2019-2020 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 5, 2018 (6:30-8:00 pm).




Kent Arts Commission Offers Funding for 2020 Community Art Projects

The City of Kent Arts Commission announces funding opportunities for local community arts through its Community Arts Support Program. 

KidsQuest18_SculptingThe program provides financial support for arts projects by arts and cultural organizations, community service groups, and individual artists. Funding is intended to support artists and organizations that provide high quality arts experiences for Kent residents. Only programs taking place in Kent or the Kent School District service area are eligible for funding. 

The deadline for 2020 applications will be in October and the application process will be open in late August. 




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