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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 Kids' Arts Day Call to Artists

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

Teaching Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Event hours:
  10am -4pm 

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. 

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 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


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.

2020 Kent Summer Art Exhibit and Purchase Awards

Deadline: March 2020  (Exact date TBD) 

Greenland Britt_99 01_GreenlandEligibility: 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.



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. 

The exhibition will be on display during June and August 2020. 

An Awards Panel will choose the City Art Purchase Awards and artists to receive the 2020-2021 Kent Arts Commission Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award. Artists are eligible to receive multiple awards.




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