Workshops and Grants

2022 Tourism Promotion Awards

Deadline May 28, 2021. See information below

2021 Arts Commission and Diversity Commission small grants.

Deadline: April 21, 2021, 4:30pm. Grant Application


 2021 Special One-Time Grant Recipients

In response to the negative impact of the pandemic on the arts in Edmonds, the City of Edmonds Arts Commission funded one-time grants for Edmonds based nonprofit arts organizations and artists in the 2021 budget. The purpose of this new grant program was to help build and reinforce a diverse, accessible, and equitable cultural community in Edmonds, recognizing the uncertainty and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the necessity of changing strategies to create access for all to the arts.

Four small grant projects were approved by the Arts Commission for a total of $3,400:

  • EPIC Group Writers received a grant in the Literary Arts for “Connecting Young Writers”, a project with interactive Zoom writing workshops for 30 plus high school students to cover topics expanding diverse perspectives.

  • Edmonds artist Minh Carrico received a grant in the Visual Arts for “Unseen Scenes”, presenting videos incorporating monologue and photographs based on their experience of growing up as an Asian American in the deep south. An online event will engage audience participation with specific focus on outreach to Edmonds BIPOC community and artists.

  • Edmonds artist Julie Perrine was awarded for her arts education project in Visual Arts, “Finding Joy Through Art”, a series of Zoom classes with art supplies, in two classrooms serving students at Chase Lake Elementary.

  • Meadowdale High School Music Department received a grant in Performing Arts to create an “Original Arrangement for Graduation Performance”, new work by composer Amanda Taylor who will work directly with students, to be performed by all 250 music students and combined on a video recording.

Five large grants which were approved by the Arts Commission for a total of $33,500. The large grants, which required affiliation with a local nonprofit entity, included three awards in performing arts and two in visual art.

  • Edmonds Center for the Arts received a grant of $10,000 for increasing access to arts through online and distanced programs and for technology to support virtual access for smaller events. Three different programs in virtual format reach out to youth of all abilities, seniors, and include the celebration of diversity for youth. Two programs are free, with efforts to reach more diverse audiences.

  • Cascade Symphony Orchestra was awarded $1,500 to work with cellist and composer Shanti Seidel Molina to create an original composition based on Latin American folksongs and create a video interview with the artist to enhance connection to Latinx community. The concert video and interview will be available free for use by Edmonds School District along with free sheet music of the composition for use in music classes.

  • Olympic Ballet Theatre was awarded $7,000 to support of digital productions of their Spring and Summer performances. The productions will be filmed at the Edmonds Center of the Arts and presented on YouTube and Vimeo with free access, optional donation. Performances will be advertised on social media and email campaigns to bring in a wider audience. Outreach will focus on expanded diversity in audiences.

  • Cascadia Art Museum received funding of $10,000 for an exhibit of work by Asian American artist Kenjiro Nomura and a publication about the exhibit which expands knowledge about diverse artists and the stories associated with the history of Asian American artists in the NW. Discounted and free tickets will be available for outreach to maximize audience. A new Youth Advisory Committee is being established to ensure connections with youth and access for youth and more diverse audiences.

  • Art Walk Edmonds received a grant of $5,000 for creation of a mural on the west side of 4th Avenue North commemorating the Sister City relationship with Hekinan, Japan, and the Japanese-American community in the Pacific Northwest.  Videos interviewing the artist will include reference to the cultural context in our region and will be available on the AWE website. QR codes on the mural will link to videos about how the mural was made. The project highlights cultural diversity and provides free access to videos on the website with more information.


Lodging Tax Grants

The City of Edmonds Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) provides recommendations on the use of City lodging tax revenue for the promotion of tourism in Edmonds. These recommendations, approved by City Council as part of the City of Edmonds annual budget, include two grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations that produce and present events and programs that attract visitors to Edmonds.

LTAC Grant: Nonprofits seeking funding assistance to attract visitors to Edmonds for any sort of program or event they present or produce may apply directly to the LTAC. Contact Megan Luttrell at megan.luttrell@edmondswa.gov.

Edmonds Arts Commission Tourism Promotion Award: Not-for-profit, arts-related organizations seeking assistance for programs that promote cultural tourism may apply for grants up to $2,600 through the EAC Tourism Promotion Awards. For information, contact Frances Chapin at frances.chapin@edmondwa.gov.


Workshops

The Edmonds Arts Commission periodically presents training and technical assistance workshops for local cultural organizations and individual artists. Past topics have included how to write effective artist statements, board recruitment, strategic planning, marketing, and public art administration. Available workshops are listed on this page, and on the Opportunities page