April 15, 2015



So many great things going on right now over here at AT!


Artist Trust events are coming up on Whidbey Island and in Walla Walla, as well as a special collaboration to help connect Native artists with resources, ARTISTS UP, in Seattle on April 20. Plus, the EDGE Program for Literary Artists just launched in Port Townsend this week! Check out their grand finale readings on April 19.


We love it when people drop by our Resource Room - to look at past Grants for Artist Projects applications, for example. And we'd love to make the Resource Room even better - with your help - in the next two weeks! Every donation made until April 30 gets matched so please donate today


Thanks to everyone who filled out our artist needs survey so far - we've got so many great responses! Keep spreading the word.   


Have a wonderful day!

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Now Open!
2014 GAP recipient Kate Vrijmoet, And the Vacuum Cleaner Swallows Its Bag,
oil on canvas, 72"x84", 2010. photo: Ken Wagner.

The Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) applications are now open! The application deadline is May 18, 2015.


The Grants for Artist Projects provide financial support -- $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 61 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
What Artists Need: Take Our Survey

Washington State artists, now is your time to be heard! We're conducting this statewide survey to understand the critical issues facing individual artists, of all disciplines and diversities, throughout their career. 

Click here to take the survey!

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts - and please share this survey with other WA state artists!


Submit your survey by April 20, 2015 and be entered to win $200 towards an art supply store of your choice!

In This Issue
Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Now Open!
Take Our Survey
GiveBIG is May 5!
Artist Trust At Large on Whidbey Island
EDGE for Literary Artists Grand Finale Presentations
ARTISTS UP Resources for Native Artists is April 20!
"I Am An Artist" in Walla Walla
Artist Happy Hour in Walla Walla
Please Donate to Help Us Develop Our Resource Room!
Artist Trust Featured Artists
Statewide Arts Events Calendar
Opportunities for Artists
Join Our Team
Be in Touch


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Mark Your Calendars, May 5 is GiveBIG! 

We're very excited to participate in Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG 'Day of Champions' on Tuesday, May 5!

GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations in the region. Mark your calendars to support Artist Trust on May 5! Every donation made on that day will be 'stretched' by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors! 


Artist Trust At Large on Whidbey Island
Michelle Bates, Sander Lake, BC, Holga Pinhole Wide camera, 2012.

April 15, 2015, 6-7pm: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley


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: Michelle Bates

EDGE for Literary Artists Grand Finale Presentations
Dennis Bensie at 2014 Lit EDGE. Photo: Joe Iano.

April 19, 2015, 9am-12pmWheeler Theater, Port Townsend 


Graduates of Artist Trust's 2015 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists will read their poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Featuring: Nancy Anderson, Allison Augustyn, Anne Bean, Susan Brown, Peter Donahue, Grace Ellis, Christine Fadden, Marlene Farrell, Emily Lawsin, Anne McDuffie, Karen Mobley, Steve Quinn, Owen Rowe, Joannie Stangeland.


The EDGE Program provides artists with a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments.


EDGE for Literary Artists is generously funded in part by Amazon.com.

ARTISTS UP Resources for Native Artists is April 20! 
Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip), Moving Forward, 2006.

April 20, 2015, 6pm-8:30pm: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, Seattle (optional art tour begins at 5:30pm)


On April 20, ARTISTS UP will host a free session to connect and inform Native artists throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State about key services offered by three arts agency organizations. The evening is designed to share best practices for independent artists through peer learning, build connections between artists and funders and demystify funding programs and processes. ARTISTS UP is a unique, collaborative program between Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, King County's 4Culture and Artist Trust, which serves all Washington State artists. 


Artists working in dance, literature, media, music, theater, traditional arts, visual and public art are welcome. 

I Am An Artist in Walla Walla
Michelle Acuff, A Topology of Thinking, installation, Pendelton Center for the Arts, Pendelton, OR, 2009.

April 25th (10:30am-5:30pm) & 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.

Please Donate to Help Artist Trust Rebuild our Resource Room for Artists!

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! 


Our Resource Room, located in the Capitol Hill Arts District of Seattle, is FREE to use and chock-full of books, grant application samples, and flyers for arts events around the state. However, the Room's technology is nearly obsolete and the aesthetic is downright uninspiring-as you can see from this hilarious video featuring local performer Cherdonna and Artist Trust staff!


We are working toward a new vision: a beautiful drop-in common space for meeting, socializing, researching, working, learning and engaging, with tangible, up-to-date resources that artists can use to create portfolios, work on projects and grant applications, and more


We've teamed up with Power2Give/Puget Sound-a regional arts crowdfunding platform presented by ArtsFund, to bring the Resource Room-your Resource Room-to the next level. 


We've got until April 30 to make it happen, and guess what: every gift, no matter the size, is DOUBLED by ArtsFund! 


Please donate today and thanks for your support!  


Artist Trust Featured Artists
Alice GostiI will follow you - deep sea baby, 2013. performance still: Ethan Folk.
Catching up with Artist Trust grant recipients and grads.
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 two new interns to work in our office. Have what it takes? The application deadline is 4/17 so apply now!
  • Programs InternsWe're looking for 2 detail-oriented, highly organized interns to help out with our Programs Department. Internships run four to six months, 12-20 hours per week. Paid stipend. 

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.
Have a new email or snail-mail address? Please let us know! 
Take care, and keep in touch!
Shannon Halberstadt
Executive Director 

Artist Trust 
866/21-TRUST (toll free)