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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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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. 

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 20, 2017 or delivered to the Cultural Programs office, third floor of Kent City Hall, 220 4th Avenue South, in Kent by 5 p.m. 

How to apply:

o Read the program Guidelines and Application Information

o Complete and submit the application form

o 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.


(253) 856-5050


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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