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Artist Trust 2016 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Opens Today!

For Immediate Release:


Brian McGuigan (he/him)

Program Director

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1.866.21.TRUST (toll free)


Artist Trust’s 2016 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) application is now available. GAP, one of Artist Trust’s flagship funding programs, is open to Washington State artists of all disciplines. The deadline to apply is May 23, 2016, 10:59 pm.

Through GAP, a total of $90,000 will be awarded to 60 recipients, plus one one-month residency to Centrum, an artist residency in Port Townsend, WA, and a $500 stipend.  Each recipient will receive $1,500 for new or in-progress projects. Funds can be used for anything from supplies and studio space to installations and travel. Details can be found in the guidelines here.

Beginning this year, Artist Trust is partnering with Seattle Theatre Group. Applicants in media and performing arts may apply for the Artist Trust-STG Nights at the Neptune Community Partnership. Through this partnership, 1-2 GAP recipients will also be featured as part of Nights at the Neptune, STG’s series of free summer performances showcasing local artists’ work related to race & social justice at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, WA. Marketing, rehearsal space, and a fully-staffed theater are included. 
Since 1988, GAP has been offered annually by Artist Trust to help emerging and established artists across Washington State launch or complete new artistic projects. Previous awardees include Juan Alonso, Ahamefule Oluo, Pat Graney, Margie Livingston, and Kathleen Flenniken.

Claudia Rowe, writer and 2013 GAP recipient, says, “I gratefully received a GAP award from Artist Trust for ‘The Spider and the Fly,’ a narrative nonfiction/memoir then in development. My plan was to use the grant for travel and research that, I hoped, would help me find the right ending to my story. Shortly after returning from my GAP-funded trip to the East Coast, I sold my book to a HarperCollins imprint. [W]ithout the moral and financial support from [a GAP Award], I would not have had the courage to make this rather harrowing journey. It meant everything to me.”

Over the next two months, various programs and resources will be available for those seeking help with their grant applications. Office Hours is a free grantwriting support program for artists of all disciplines looking for advice on how to apply for funding from Artist Trust. Artist Trust staff will explain the application process, provide one-on-one feedback, and answer questions. Office Hours will occur throughout the state in Spokane, Seattle, Walla Walla, Tacoma, and Bellingham in April and May at libraries, community centers, and arts organizations including Daybreak Star, the Northwest African American Museum, and Northwest Film Forum. Please check the website for more information about Office Hours.

On April 19, Artist Trust representatives are hosting free “watching parties” around the state in Seattle, Spokane, Bellingham, Richland, Vancouver, and Yakima featuring a live-broadcast webinar that explains the components of the GAP application and provide tips and best practices for applicants. Go here for more information on webinar watching parties.

The GAP grant is made possible by generous donors who gave $1,500 and above at Artist Trust’s recent 30th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction, including Cathy & Michael Casteel, Kathy Alvord Gerlich, Christopher & Alida Latham, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation ($30,000), Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Linda Nordstrom, Greg Kucera, Paula Stokes ($5,000), Len Lewicki, Cathy Sawkowsky, Tanya Trejo ($3,000), Susan Christian, Gar and Barbara LaSalle ($2,500), Christine Atkins, Nancy Carrs Roach, Karen Guzak, Catherine Johnson, Marjorie Levy, Kirsten Murray, Lorraine Vagner, and Edward Whatley ($1,500).

Artist Trust also salutes our corporate and institutional funding partners:

4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation,, Inc, Arakawa Foundation, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, City Arts, Goldman Sachs, Florence B. Kilworth Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute and Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 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. Learn more at