March 16, 2015


Hooray! Our 2015 Benefit Art Auction was a resounding success! Read all about it below, and be sure to check out our pictures from the event here. Thanks to everyone for your support!


In other news, we've also got an I Am An Artist workshop and a happy hour in Walla Walla, Artist Trust at Large goes to Pasco, and the applications for Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) will open on April 3, 2015! 


 2015 Benefit Art Auction: A Huge Success!

photo: Miguel Edwards

Exciting news! Our 2015 event was record-breaking, raising over $500,000 in support of individual artists; bigger than any auction yet, and an increase of more than 30% over last year!


Our Fund-the-Artists portion of the evening also broke records - raising over $250,000, thanks to a special challenge from the Klorfine Foundation and some of our long-time supporters and board members.


We're still glowing from the excitement: being surrounded by amazing art, dedicated arts supporters and talented artists. Take a look at the pictures from our enchanting photo booth (an installation by artist Mary Coss) and other highlights of the evening here. And please encourage your guests and other friends to take a look!


Thanks to the hundreds of artists who contributed artworks and experiences, and the volunteers and patrons who came out to support our mission.


And be sure to mark your calendars for next year's Benefit Art Auction, February 27, 2016!

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Opens 3/3!
2014 GAP recipient Alice Gosti, 
I will follow you - deep sea baby, 2013. performance still: Ethan Folk.

The Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) applications will be available starting April 3rd! The application deadline is May 18, 2015.


The Grants for Artist Projects provide financial support -- up to $1,500 per project -- for individual artist projects. GAPs support a wide range of artist projects including (but not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work; publication; travel for artistic research or to present or complete work; documentation of work; and advanced workshops for professional development. 

Individual artists of all disciplines who reside in Washington State are encouraged to apply to the 2015 Grants for Artist Projects. 

In addition to the 59 GAP recipients, one artist will receive a one-month residency at Centrum located in Port Townsend and a $500 stipend.

For more information and an application, click here
In This Issue
2015 Benefit Art Auction: A Huge Success!
Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Opens 3/3!
Help Us Develop Our Resource Room
"I Am An Artist" in Walla Walla
Artist Happy Hour in Walla Walla
Artist Trust At Large in Pasco
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Join Our Team
Be in Touch


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Help Us Develop Our Resource Room

Cherdonna needs a new chair! Video by Sonja Roach.

Help Artist Trust outfit its newly designed Resource Room - a space for Washington-based artists to gather and access funding opportunities, sample grant applications and more! 

Check out this hilarious video with local performer Cherdonna to learn more.  

Your contributions will go toward: installation of new furniture for a versatile, multi-use space; new computers with a suite of creative software for artists to use; a street-facing monitor to share artists' work and upcoming events; and the commissioning of an original work by a Washington State artist to be enjoyed by all who use the Resource Room!

But here's the best part: your dollars will go twice as far through the support of ArtsFund. Artsfund's power2give/PugetSound is an online cultural marketplace connecting donors with projects they are passionate about.

I Am An Artist in Walla Walla
2013.  Dancers: Sarah Kathryn Olds, Eric Aguilar. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis.

April 25th & 26th, 9-4pm:

Whitman College, Walla Walla

Discounts available for Artist Trust members, Latino/a artists, and those with financial need!  Contact us for details.


Say "I Am An Artist!" and jumpstart or refresh your arts career! Are you ready to take you art career to the next level? Not sure how to do it? This two-day interactive workshop for artists (of all disciplines) includes:


  * Work Samples That Look Great
  * Writing a Killer Artist Statement, Resume & Cover Letter
  * Finding & Pursing Funding, Showing, & Performing Opportunities
  * Online Promoting & Marketing
  * Learning from Successful Artists in Seattle: Q&A with Artists of All Disciplines
  * Rocking Your Elevator Speech


Workshop Instructor: Barbara Noonan

Artist Happy Hour in Walla Walla!

April 25, 2015, 6-7:30pm:

Studio Two Zero Two, Walla Walla
What's the most important thing you can do to advance your arts career? Expand your network! Come talk shop, meet fellow artists, and get happy.

Want to help out?  We're looking for volunteers to make this a fun party.

Artist Trust At Large in Pasco
Davin Diaz, date project - CAGED BIRD image,' digital image, 2014.

March 24, 5-7pm: 

Pasco Library (Community Room), Pasco


Looking to give your arts career a boost? In this free presentation, Artist Trust At Large will give you the scoop on how we can help. 


You'll learn how Artist Trust serves Washington State artists of all disciplines and how you can use these programs and resources to advance your arts business.


Artist & Speaker: Davin Diaz

Artist Trust Featured Artists
Rachel Setzer, lateral view of the spine, paper, ink, & acrylic on canvas, Ikea frame, 12"x26"x2", 2013.
Catching up with Artist Trust grant recipients and grads.
  • Artist Ellen Ziegler (2012 Grants for Artist Projects) 
    will be presenting "Exercises to Free the Tongue", an evening about ventriloquism, vaudeville and family along with poet Molly Tenenbaum, at Seattle Public Library on March 26, 2015.
  • Pete Fleming's solo show, "Dispersal Patterns," will be at Interstitial in Seattle, March 14-April 5, 2015, with an artist talk on March 22, 2015. The exhibit was supported by a 2014 Grants for Artist Projects award.
Are you an Artist Trust grant recipient or EDGE grad? Send us your news! 
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Our massivonline calendar lists events across the state for artists and arts lovers; post your own for free and it might get highlighted here! Here's just a sampling:

Opportunities for Artists
Browse our Opportunities webpage for hundreds of calls for art of all disciplines, funding, residencies, jobs, work space and housing listings, and post your own. New listings include:

Join Our Team


We're seeking a Grants Program Intern to work in our office. Have what it takes? The application deadline is coming up quick so apply now!
  • Grants Program Intern:  Reporting to the Grants Program Manager, this position will assist the Grants Department in compiling grant applicant and recipient statistics.  The position may also assist the manager in processing grant applications, panel processes, and workshops located outside the office.  Paid stipend after six consecutive months of interning. The position is approximately 10-15 hours per week. Deadline 3/27/15.

Be in Touch
Our Seattle office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm. Feel free to drop in to visit the Resource Room. Not in the region? Peruse our extensive website full of resources and opportunities 24/7! Browse tons of professional development resources and articles, with vital information on healthcare, legal issues, emergency assistance programs and more.
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Take care, and keep in touch!
Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
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