ArtsWA news

April 2024


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A photo of Heritage Arts Apprentice Ema Guzmán (pictured), along with Master Artist Esmael López, dances during a Mexica New Year ceremony.

Heritage Arts Apprentice Ema Guzmán (pictured), along with Master Artist Esmael López, dances during a Mexica New Year ceremony.

The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program.

The program provides financial support to a Master Artist and an Apprentice who want to preserve a cultural tradition important to their community. Participants may teach or study visual art, occupational arts, traditional language practices, storytelling and other verbal arts, dance, culinary traditions, music, and much more. Thanks to additional funding from ArtsWA’s Wellness, Arts, and the Military Program, the 2024-2025 cohort is guaranteed to fund at least one military or Veteran team.

💸 $4,000 for Master Artists / $1,000 for Apprentices

📅 Apply by May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Learn more and apply

More opportunities

The Washington State Youth Arts Leadership (WAYAL) program convenes an annual cohort of youth, ages 16-19, to build community among their peers, gain leadership and communication skills, and explore arts careers with mentors in the field. Youth leaders receive a stipend for their participation.

Youth ages 16-19 may apply directly to this program. Mentors, teachers, or community members may also nominate a youth artist from their communities; once nominated, youth will be contacted to complete the entire application in order to be considered.

📅 Nominate or apply by July 11, 2024, at 5:00pm

Call for Art | Western State Hospital Interior: Western State Hospital seeks artists or artist teams who have lived experience with mental illness to design and create artwork for the first floor interior walls of the new forensic hospital.

📆 Deadline to apply: Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 4 p.m. Pacific

💵 Budget: $800,000 (1-3 artwork opportunities)

ArtsWA is seeking a Program Specialist for the Tribal Cultural Affairs (TCA) program. In this position, you will handle various tasks like tech support for online events, keeping records, managing contracts, handling invoices, assisting grant panels, tracking budgets, and other administrative duties.

📆 Deadline to apply: May 5, 2024

💵 $4,602.00 – $6,198.00 monthly

🌎 Olympia, WA | Flexible/Hybrid

Free upcoming events with the Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True!

Workshop: Neurodivergence and Poetry: a FREE all-levels community workshop

Neurodivergent folks (and support people they’d like to bring) are invited to a workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True to explore how neurodivergence can make for very cool poems. (Neurodivergence includes autism, ADHD, Tourette’s, dyslexia, and more.)

Learn more about the State Poet Laureate

News & Updates

A Wolf Trap Teaching Artist residency in action in Pasco, WA. Photo courtesy ESD 123.

Meet the 2023 -2024 Washington State Wolf Trap Teaching Artists Cohort

ArtsWA is excited to work with these 4 teaching artists for Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Residencies. Residencies take place over a few months, which include observation, collaborative planning meetings, and in-class sessions with the teaching artists.

Learn about Washington State Wolf Trap

Blaze Rowan of Olympia High School, Champion. Photo by Pavel Verbovski.

Poetry Out Loud National Finals: May 1-2

Olympia High School senior Blaze Rowan was named the 2024 Poetry Out Loud Washington State Champion on March 9. Rowan will represent Washington State at the Poetry Out Loud National Semi-Final on May 1 in Washington, D.C. The Finals will be held immediately after, on May 2.

Poetry Out Loud is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. ArtsWA coordinates and manages the program in Washington State.

Learn about Poetry Out Loud

More from ArtsWA

Accessibility: free Webinar and LEAD Conference event survey

Webinar: Join ArtsWA on May 16 at 11:00 a.m. PST for a 90-minute Accessibility 101 webinar designed for arts and cultural organizations in Washington State. Attendees will gain awareness of disabilities in our communities, increase understanding of accessibility laws and requirements, and learn how to get started. Presented in partnership with the NEA Office of Accessibility and Elizabeth Ralston, Accessibility Consultant.

Survey: From July 29 to August 2, the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Conference will bring hundreds of arts and accessibility professionals to Seattle. Outside of sessions, they are keen to experience the arts and culture of the city. If you'd like to include an event, please complete this survey by June 1!

Building for the Arts: get ready to apply

ArtsWA held a series of Webinars about the Dept. of Commerce's Building for the Arts (BFA) program. BFA awards state grants to nonprofit community-based organizations to buy, build, or renovate arts and cultural facilities. These capital project grants can cover up to 33% of the total costs for construction.

Watch the free recordings:

Learn more about Building for the Arts

First round of Tribal Cultural Affairs grantees announced

ArtsWA is pleased to announce the first ever Tribal Arts Grants. The grant is a pilot project to support Tribal communities as they expand, enhance, or create space for art and culture that is respectful and responsive to each community’s needs. 20 Washington State federally recognized Tribes applied for and were awarded funding. The application was not competitive and focused on supporting culture, language, arts, artists, and the passing of ancestral knowledge.

The Tribal Cultural Affairs program is honored to support Washington Tribes and is looking forward to providing assistance to every project in a respectful and appropriate way.

Learn more about Tribal Cultural Affairs

Explore: Earth Day

For Earth Day on April 22, explore artworks in the State Art Collection that investigate our relationship to and impact on the environment. This subject is an on-going exploration in the art of most of these artists.

Talking Rain (2009, gouache painting) by Karen Hackenberg, located at Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Northwest Washington.

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