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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 Arts Commission announces Kent Creates exhibit opportunity


KENT, Wash. — September 19, 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 is open September 20 through November 30 and focuses on a theme of fall colors. The call for entriesImage_FallColors_LizRuest encourages artists and creative minds to gain inspiration from all things autumn. 

The “Fall Colors” 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 November 30, 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. 


Kent Kids' Arts Day Call to Artists

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

Teaching Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Event hours:
  10am -4pm 

 Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue North, Kent, Washington

Artist Selection Process: Open to artists living in the Puget Sound region

Applications Due: Friday, January 11, 2019 (postmark deadline)

Teaching Opportunity: Kent Kids’ Arts Day allows children 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.  Creative expression and having fun “doing art” is our goal. 

A variety of hands on art projects for kids ages 4-14 are sought.

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. We will also provide tables covered in butcher paper, as well as chairs.

About Kent Kids' Arts Day: Now in its 32nd year, Kent Kids' Arts Day is a project of the Kent Arts Commission and City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services. The festival is organized with the assistance of community educators and is partially funded by 4Culture, Kent Lions Club, Fred Meyer and Kent Community Foundation. Many thanks to the Kent School District, Kent Commons staff and all of the event volunteers.

Artist Selection Process: A selection panel will review all eligible applications.

Artist Selection Schedule [subject to change]

Deadline for entry: must be received by Friday, January 11 (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.

Mail applications to:    Mark Hendrickson, Kent Kids' Arts Day
                                     Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services
                                     220 4th Avenue South


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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