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Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent


Kent Creates exhibit – call for entries

Web platform allows artists to network, share creativity

“Holiday Traditions” exhibit open now through December 31


KENT, Wash. — October 6, 2017 – 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 October 3 through December 31 and focuses on the theme of “Holiday Traditions.” The call for entries reads: 

For this Kent Creates exhibit, the Kent Arts Commission encourages artists and creative minds to look to holiday traditions for inspiration. There are many autumn and winter holidays celebrating harvest, gratitude, family, light, spiritual traditions, and more – Dia de los Muertos, Diwali, Oktoberfest, Moon Festival, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Ramadan, and Winter Solstice to name just a few. 

MichaelEggersPumpkingBubbles_ImageHolidayTraditionsThe “Holiday Traditions” 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 December 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 124,000.  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

Photo credit: Michael Eggers, Pumpkin Bubbles

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Call to Teaching Artists - Kent Kids' Arts Day

Teaching Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Location: Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue North, Kent, Washington

Event hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Compensation: $150-$500 (time and materials)

About Kent Kids' Arts Day: Kent Kids' Arts Day is a project of the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services.  It's a day-long festival that highlights visual and the performing arts.  Children ages 4-14 are encouraged to attend with adults.  Kent Kids' Arts Day is one of the longest running hands-on arts events for kids in King County.

Teaching Opportunity: Kent Kids’ Arts Day allows children age 4-14 and families to explore creativity together. Our objective is to provide a fun, educational and quality arts experience for youth of all backgrounds.  Our guiding philosophy is that everyone can experience creativity with their own hands.   

Compensation: Past projects awards range from $150 - 500 (time & materials). Artists are compensated for their time and materials based on the budget submitted with the application.

The City of Kent will provide volunteers to assist with the projects.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Feasibility of proposed project
  • Past experience relevant to this opportunity
  • Ability to work during the hours outlined above
  • Balance of project types for event as a whole

Artist Selection Schedule 

Deadline for entry: must be received by Friday, January 12 (postmark deadline)
Selection Panel: mid January
Notification: late January

Application Materials

To apply to be an art project leader, fill out the application and include a 1 page letter of interest, a resume and project samples. If you would like samples returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Questions?  Mark Hendrickson  253.856.5057



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 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) 

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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