King County Artist-serving Organizations

by | Jul 5, 2019

 

Browse Artist Trust’s comprehensive list of artist-serving organizations in King County to find resources and support within your community.

4Culture | Seattle, WA
• As the cultural funding agency for King County, 4Culture works to offer grant programs in four areas: arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art.

Allied Arts Foundation | Seattle, WA
• The Allied Arts Foundation provides umbrella sponsorship to artists for singular or ongoing artistic projects. The Foundation also bestows yearly arts awards to talented students in each of metropolitan Seattle’s fourteen public high schools.

Allied Arts of Renton
| Renton, WA
• The Allied Arts of Renton sponsor events like the Chalk Art Contest, the Fall Family Concert, and the Annual Art Show.

ArtsWest | Seattle, WA
• ArtsWest operates a theater and an exhibition space that shows artists from the Pacific Northwest. They also run an apprenticeship program and summer programs.

Arab Artists Resources & Training | Redmond, WA
• Arab Artists Resources and Training helps career-track artists creating art in all styles and media to support themselves by networking together and teaching them how to find and receive grants to help promote Arab cultural heritage.

Auburn Art Commission | Auburn, WA
• The Auburn Art Commission supports a growing public art collection, a City Hall Gallery that features artists from around Puget Sound, the Auburn Ave Theater, and the popular BRAVO performing art series featuring acclaimed touring shows.

CoCA | Seattle, WA
• CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. They run exhibitions, programs, and events.

Deaf Spotlight | Seattle, WA
• Deaf Spotlight was created by a group of artists, performers, and supporters who needed an outlet for their talents. The group runs The Deaf Film Festival.

Equinox Studios | Seattle, WA
• Equinox Studios is home to over 100 studios and three performance spaces, with blacksmithing and metal sculpture, to painting and ceramics, with woodwork, leatherwork, glass, photography, and much more. The Equinox community is growing and collaborating to create inspiring work and engage the public, allowing them to come and experience the Arts in the place where they are made.

Foundry10 | Seattle, WA
• At foundry10 we are interested in expanding the ways in which people think about learning. Through our collaborative research, programs and projects, we address questions and issues that impact the process of learning, even outside of traditional educational structures. We believe it is imperative to work directly with teachers and students so that their voices are represented in all that we do. By reaching outside of standard institutions, and with a philanthropic approach, we uncover new ideas, methods and tools to bring greater value to all learners.

Gage Academy | Seattle, WA
• Gage Academy is an extended-learning and contemporary art center, providing community based artistic development for artists of all ages and abilities. Featuring year-round programs, Gage is home to public art events, lectures, youth programming, and exhibitions.

Graphic Artists Guild | Seattle, WA
• Graphic Artists Guild offers membership to individuals in many disciplines including illustration, graphic design, photography, cartooning, web design, multimedia, surface design and others. Guild dues depend on membership category and income level. Graphic Artists Guild promotes and protects the economic interests of its members. Its forty year history of ethics and legal reform show true commitment to improving conditions for all creators of graphic art and raising standards for the entire industry. Monthly meetings are held in Seattle.

Henry Art Gallery | Seattle, WA
• Henry Art Gallery provides artists with platforms for creating and presenting new work. They offer talks, workshops, performances, youth workshops, and events.

Hillman City Collaboratory | Seattle, WA
• The Collaboratory is made up of four distinct spaces: a large multipurpose space, a co-working office, a learning kitchen, and community park and garden.

Hugo House | Seattle, WA
• Hugo House is a place for writers, with a concentrated focus on helping anyone who wants to write. They offer readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and much more.

Jack Straw | Seattle, WA
• Jack Straw Cultural Center is the Northwest’s only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, we provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and our Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts heritage partnerships; and radio production. Our full-service recording studio is also available for a range of arts projects.

Kent Arts Commission | Kent, WA
• The Kent Arts Commission meets monthly and has a mission to create more cultural opportunities and art education for the city of Kent.

Kirkland Arts Center | Kirkland, WA
Kirkland Arts Center presents innovative, engaging visual arts exhibits that showcase contemporary artists and provide rare opportunities for emerging curators.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute | Seattle, WA
• Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute operates as a cultural performing arts center under the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. The goal of the center is to provide quality cultural entertainment and educational components that meet the needs of the community. Every season, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center has new classes, events and programs. Langston Hughes offers both performances and instruction, and the programming reflects the diversity of the surrounding neighborhoods, the Central District and the International District.

Northwest Film Forum | Seattle, WA
• Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to becoming the nation’s leading center for film artists. NWFF aides filmmakers in the production of films, offers more than 60 workshops annually and provides equipment rentals and fiscal sponsorship.

Photo Center NW | Seattle, WA
• PCNW celebrates beauty, fosters awareness of individual and collective biases, and develops discerning consumers and creators of visual media through teaching the history and future of the photographic medium.

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls | Seattle, WA
• Empowering girls, women, and gender non-conforming individuals to engage their creative potential through music, champion equity, and thrive in a community of allies and activists.

Sammamish Arts Commission | Sammamish, WA
• The Sammamish Arts Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council in matters concerning the promotion and facilitation of public art in the community.

SEEDArts | Seattle, WA
• SEEDArts offers a wide range of opportunities for artists, residents, and youth to develop their artistic talents, art experiences that highlight our diverse cultural community. They coordinate the installation of art in public places and support community-based artists with facilities in which they can work, perform, exhibit, and teach.

Seattle Office of Film and Music | Seattle, WA
• The Seattle of Film and Music is cultivating partnerships, developing programs, and facilitating connections between the community and the music industry to make Seattle a place where musicians can thrive, communities are strengthened, and music businesses flourish. They also help with film permits and support to filmmakers. Their website features events, programs and networking opportunities.

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture | Seattle, WA
• The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture manages the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences.

Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Council
| Shoreline, WA
• Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Council promotes the art and culture of Lake Forest Park, through coordinating and sponsoring of performances, exhibitions, and other arts programs, activities and events. They also run educational programs and provide financial and other support for arts organizations, artists, arts activities, and projects.

Shunpike | Seattle, WA
• Shunpike offers fiscal sponsorship services, art business mentorship programs, and networking events. They manage a program called Storefronts, which connects artists with vacant retail space and another, Hive Mind, which is a collaborative forum for leaders in the independent arts sector.

Spectrum Dance Theater | Seattle, WA
• Spectrum Dance Theater produces contemporary dance of global caliber that challenges expectations and calls forth strong emotions, deep feelings and thoughtful responses. The School of Spectrum Dance Theater provides expert dance instruction in diverse dance forms to all. Spectrum’s Community Outreach Programs provide dance classes, access, education and services that contribute to the health and well-being of the community at large.

Tasveer | Redmond, WA
• Tasveer produces three major festivals–the South Asian Film Festival; the South Asian International Documentary Film Festival; and Aaina, a festival celebrating South Asian women. Tasveer also organizes and sponsors numerous other smaller programs related to South Asia and its diaspora.

Totem Star | Seattle, WA
Totem Star amplifies and empowers youth voice through music production and performance to strengthen life skills in leadership, civic engagement, and community building. Using the model of a record label, youth with little or no access to arts learning programs compose and record original songs, perform at events they help plan and produce, and receive mentorship from touring artists and music industry professionals.

VALA Eastside | Redmond, WA
• VALA connects artists to artists through the VALA Artist-to-Artist Series which spotlights featured artists to discuss their inspiration and process with other artists. VALA connects the community to artists by facilitating events and programs like the VALA Artist Studio that invites community members to create art alongside featured artists. They also create partnerships with local businesses and organizations to create non-traditional venues for artists.

Velocity Dance Center | Seattle, WA
• Velocity Dance Center supports and advances artists and emerging ideas through commissioning, presenting, residencies, creative exchange; and access to space, funding, scholarships, employment, and touring opportunities. Velocity also produces programs that introduce audiences to a wide spectrum of contemporary dance practices and aesthetics, and bring together regional talent and world-class innovators.

Ventures | Seattle, WA
A nonprofit organization fostering economic self-sufficiency through self-employment training and lending services to artists, low income women, people with disabilities, immigrants and others. Ventures helps potential entrepreneurs create businesses by offering: initial business training, access to small credit through a peer-lending model, ongoing technical assistance and mentoring

Woodinville Arts Alliance | Woodinville, WA
• To promote artists, art events, and more physical art installations around the city of Woodinville.

Check out Seattle Networking Group’s comprehensive list for additional artist-serving organizations in the Greater Seattle area.

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