How to Apply for an Artist Grant: Fellowship / Tacoma

Start Date / Time: February 11, 2020 6:00 pm

End Date / Time: February 11, 2020 7:45 pm

Venue: Tacoma Public Library (Moore Branch) 215 S 56th Ave Tacoma, WA 98408

Price: Free with registration


This seminar, led by Artist Trust Program Manager Lydia Boss, provides an overview of applying for the Artist Trust Fellowship Award as well as other artist grants. We will cover all aspects of the Fellowship application and share tips to make your application stand out. You’ll also learn about funding opportunities available for you and your projects and how the grantmaking process works.

The workshop will be followed by a Q&A session featuring artist and 2019 Fellowship Recipients, Johnaye Kendrick and Lynne Siefert. It is open to artists of all disciplines, at all career stages, looking to learn more about applying for Artist Trust’s 2020 Fellowship Award.

Plus, thanks to City of Tacoma for partnering with us on this event.

Johnaye Kendrick is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator. She received a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music from Loyola University and an Artist Diploma from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. After graduating from the Institute, Johnaye was immediately hired by trumpeter Nicholas Payton, who raves “Johnaye has the potential to be a vocalist of the highest order; the likes of which we have seen seldom since the grande dames of the golden era of jazz roamed about the earth. She’s got IT!” Johnaye was also featured with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

In 2014, she founded her johnygirl record label in efforts to release honest music representative of her world. On this label she has recorded, produced, and released two albums: HERE, a collection of heartfelt originals and FLYING a collection of original works and thoughtful arrangements of Jazz Standards and contemporary works. A dedicated mentor and educator, Johnaye serves as Professor of Music at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.

Lynne Siefert is a filmmaker originally from Seattle, WA. In her work, Lynne tries to reconcile her attraction to art and aesthetics with her commitments to social justice and interests in philosophy. Shooting both on 16 mm film and digitally, Lynne creates experimental documentaries and short, poetic world-scapes. Lynne has exhibited nationally and internationally in festivals such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival, Antimatter Media Art, and Chicago Underground, among others.

Lynne received 2017 GAP funding for her project “PowerPlants” (working title). The painting, “The Lackawanna Valley” (1855) by George Inness depicts the beginning of the industrial revolution in an American townscape. A man, a train, factories, mountains, and sky are all compositionally balanced; serenity pervades the scene. Yet, looking longer tree-stumps become apparent. Is this a result of industry, or is this negative commentary about industrialization? It is ambiguous: industry is present, but the implication is unknown. This painting is inspiration for her project “PowerPlants,” an experimental, documentary film.


  • Understanding the components of a strong grant application
  • How the application and selection process works from start to finish
  • Funding opportunities available for your work
  • Resources for additional support
  • Reference guides with sample applications

Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel for questions about the workshop.

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