Kent Arts Commission Offers Funding for 2019 Community Art Projects 

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

The 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. Through the Community Arts Support Program, the Kent Arts Commission seeks to provide opportunities for innovation and for the development of unique services outside the scope of the Commission’s existing programming. 

Applications are now available and the application deadline is October 5. For more information or to request an application, please call Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services at (253) 856-5050 or visit



Kent Creates exhibit – call for entries

Web platform allows artists to network, share creativity

“Vacations and Summer Celebrations” exhibit open now through August 31 


KENT, Wash. — July 12, 2018 – 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 for Kent Creates is open July 12 through August 31 and focuses on the theme of “Vacations and Summer Celebrations.” The call for entries reads: 

Summer is here and with it comes vacations and various celebrations! How do you fill your summer… Fun in the sun, Independence Day celebrations, road trips, family gatherings, camps for kids, maybe even some blissfully lazy days? For this Kent Creates exhibit, the Kent Arts Commission encourages artists and creative minds to gain inspiration from summertime fun. BethLawsonImageforVacationsSummerCelebrationsflyer

The “Vacations and Summer Celebrations” 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 through August 31, at which time the exhibit will close. 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. 

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000.  A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks and exceptional school districts. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit



Media Contact:

Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent


2019 Kent Summer Art Exhibit and Purchase Awards

Deadline: March 2019  (Exact date TBD)

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 during June and August 2019.

An Awards Panel will choose the City Art Purchase Awards and artists to receive the 2019-2020 Kent Arts Commission Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award. Artists are eligible to receive multiple awards.  

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 general 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) 

How to apply:

o Read the program Guidelines and Application Information

o Contact the Cultural Programs office to speak with a project manager about your idea. (253-856-5050 or

o Complete and submit the application form


(253) 856-5050

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