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Open opportunities for artists, vendors and community groups



The City of Kent invites Washington State visual artists to apply for the 2016 Kent Summer Art Exhibit & Purchase Awards.


Prints, photographs, paintings, works on paper and other types of visual artwork are appropriate.


A panel will select artwork for exhibition and those artworks are then eligible for The City Art Purchase Award, which offers a total of $12,500 to one or more artists. This panel will also choose between 3‐5 artists to receive the 2017 Kent Arts Commission Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award. Artists are eligible to receive multiple awards.


ELIGIBLITY: Open to Artists residing in Washington State.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 5:00 PM (PST)




 Arts Commission Vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  




Ronda Billerbeck, City of Kent, Cultural Programs Manager





Kent Arts Commission seeks applicants to fill two vacancies


KENT, Wash. — March 10, 2016 – Kent is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Kent Arts Commission. The Arts Commission advises the City Council and staff in areas such as: Establishing cultural opportunities and arts education, improving the quality of life and enhancing the aesthetic environment, and promoting Kent as a center for great arts.


Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor in consultation with Arts Commission staff, and confirmed by City Council. Members serve four year terms. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.


The desired background for Arts Commissioners includes:


• Commitment to the arts in the Kent community

• Knowledge of arts issues and events in the Puget Sound region

• Arts education or experience

• Any of the following: public speaking, leadership experience, previous service on boards, commissions or councils, resource development, community involvement


Commissioners must reside or own property within the City or one of its utility or parks department service areas or, alternatively, work or own a business within the City’s municipal boundaries. Interested parties may apply online at KentWA.gov/ArtsComAp.


For information call 253-856-5050 or visit kentarts.com.

Community Art Support Grant

The City of Kent Arts Commission’s Community Arts Support Program provides financial support for arts projects by arts and cultural organizations, community service groups and individual artists. The program is designed to encourage, develop and support community arts programming that serves the general public in the Kent area. Through the program, the Commission seeks to provide opportunities for innovation and for the development of unique services outside the scope of the Commission’s existing programming. The Kent Arts Commission will support these programs financially as funds are available and budgeted for the year.


Application information coming soon!

We encourage you to contact our office in advance to discuss your proposed project. We will be happy to clarify any restrictions or qualifications in advance so that your application has the best chance for success. New applicants are especially encouraged to call and consult with a staff person. Please call 253-856-5050 with any questions after reviewing the guidelines and application below.


Fourth of July Splash Community Showcase Application

The Fourth of July Splash is pleased to present the Community Showcase at the Fourth of July Splash.  This is an opportunity for local performers to play in front of their own town on the Splash main stage.  Performance times are 30-45 minutes and include a professional sound tech.  Entertainers simply need to bring their instruments and be ready to do their thing in front over 5,000 people.  The Splash takes place on Monday, July 4th.  Performance times range from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Application deadline is April 17, 2016


Application available in February

Give Me Culture Grant Overview

The City of Kent Arts Commission’s “Give Me Culture” program offers small, flexible grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the general public in Kent. Awards are intended to broaden participation in, and showcasing of, arts and culture activities, especially by ethnically diverse or underserved communities.

$1,000 award maximum
No deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, year-round (must be received at least three months before the start of the project or event date)


2016 funding has been allocated, applications will be considered again for the 2017 calendar year.