Who We Are / Mission

Our Mission

Artist Trust’s mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State.

Since 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

We help artists establish and maintain careers through direct support, connections, and advocacy.


We provide direct support to artists in several ways: grants that invest in artists at crucial points in their careers; classes and webinars teach the business of being an artist, from financial management to marketing and social media; and online resources provide information specifically for artists about employment, healthcare, and housing, among other vital needs.


We help artists connect with other artists, gatekeepers, and supporters through events and networking opportunities, and give them the tools to create community and build audience in the Northwest and beyond.


We listen to what artists need and advocate with them locally and nationally. An annual artist survey and town halls help us discover and make visible current issues impacting the livelihoods of working artists across Washington State.