Washington State Arts Commission e-Newsletter
March 2014

Elizabeth Mo, 2014 Washington State Poetry Out Loud. Photo courtesy of Jesse Michener.

Starting from a field of 23,000 students across 76 of Washington's high school, Elizabeth Mo, a senior at Kamiakin High School in Benton County, this weekend took first place in the Washington State Finals for Poetry Out Loud with her recitations of In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr. by June Jordan,
Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold and Spring by Gerald Manley Hopkins. Mo is now the 2014 Washington State Poetry Out Loud Champion and will travel to Washington, D.C. on an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national finals on April 29 and 30. Additionally, she will receive a $200 stipend and her school library will receive $500 for the purchase poetry materials.


"The Washington State Poetry Out loud finals were my first official event as executive director of ArtsWA and I could not be more inspired to be an advocate for arts education after seeing these students," said Karen Hanan. "The original way the students interpreted these writings and made them their own is a clear example of the kind of creative thinking that Governor Inslee knows will help Washington's students successfully compete in a world that demands innovation and 21st century skills."


Francisca Ritoch of Shorewood High School (King) took second place and receives $100, with a poetry material stipend of $200 for her school. Mckenna Johnson of Kentwood High School (King), Margot Lewis of Bellingham High School (Whatcom) and Meghan Mulcahy of Olympia High School (Thurston) all received honorable mentions for their recitations.


StoneDance Productions, Chop Shop: Bodies of Work




Cooperative Partnership Grants for Statewide Partners:


Cooperative Partnerships fund organizations that provide services to support artists and arts professionals across the state of Washington. Five statewide arts service organizations are directly invited to apply for Cooperative Partnership grants (listed in the guidelines).  


Other statewide arts service organizations may also apply and are given equal consideration, based on the eligibility requirements and application review criteria.  


Cooperative Partnership Program Deadline April 7, 2014.


Project Support Grants:


Project Support grants provide funding for arts organizations, community service groups, and local or tribal governments that provide arts events targeted to public audiences in Washington. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, workshops and services to expand arts engagement and arts participation.


Project Support grant guidelines and deadlines will be as follows. See www.arts.wa.gov/grants for full guidelines.



Project Support Program Level A: Deadline April 14, 2014


Small arts organizations (under $200,000 budget) and other community service groups may apply for matching grants for specific arts events targeted to a general public audience. Organizations or ensembles of artists may apply with a fiscal agent. Grants range from $800 to $2,500.  


Project Support Program Level B: Deadline April 24, 2014  


For midsized arts organizations of $200,000 to $1 million budget, or local arts agencies sponsored or designated by local government or tribal agencies, grants are $2,500 to $5,500


Project Support Program Level C: Deadline May 12, 2014  


For large arts institutions over $1million budget, grants are $5,500 to $9,000


Innovation Incentive Award


Is a pilot program offering professional arts organizations an incentive to experiment with innovative methods of increasing arts participation with young and diverse audiences, using technology, as documented in the Arts Participation Leadership Initiative. Apply for this grant as part of the Project Support grants noted above. Awards are from $1,000 to $3,000. 





David Gallagher's Segmental Sculpture was photographed in black and white soon after its installation in 1977 at Green River Community College.


The State Art Collection includes a legacy of more than 350 artworks acquired in the 1970s, when the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program was established as only the second statewide public art program in the country.


A couple of years into its history, the AIPP program commissioned late Olympia artist David Gallagher to create Segmental Sculpture for Auburn's Green River Community College. The artist sited the sculpture - Yellow Cedar wrapped in bronze - in front of the campus' then new administration building, where it resides today. 


ArtsWA's conservation technician, Adam Fah, recently completed repair of the artwork, which has fared well over its 37 years. The bronze wrap has protected the more vulnerable cedar, even as the trees in the surrounding area have grown up and changed the space from an open lawn to a more enclosed, shaded wood. Conservation included mold, mildew, and insecticide treatments of the wood, maintenance of the bronze, and repair of mortar at the sculpture's base. With ongoing maintenance, we hope to celebrate this artwork again in another 40 years!



Segmental Sculpture was recently conserved by ArtsWA staff.


Join your statewide peers at the annual Cultural Congress!  This year's arts conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29, at the Seattle Center Armory Building (305 Harrison Street, Seattle).

Registration is open.  Some scholarships will be available.

The Cultural Congress offers opportunities for rich discussions and professionals from across Washington. Some highlights include the Leadership Transitions Panel Discussion moderated by David Brewster with panelists: David Brown, Ben Moore, Speight Jenkins, and Kris Tucker.

Watch for facilitated peer group discussions on your favorite arts and cutlure topics!

In This Issue
2014 Washington State Poetry Out Loud
Cooperative Partnership and Program Support Grants
Arts In Public Places
2014 Cultural Congress
Quick Links
Looking for a job, a grant, or an artist opportunity?  Visit these websites:

Project Support Grants Webinar for New Applicants to the Grants Online System


If you are a new applicant to the ArtsWA Grants Online system, please join our information webinar as follows:


Project Support Program, Level A (small organizations), Level B (midsized organizations),or Level C (large institutions)


Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3 to 4 pm.