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Kent Summer Art Exhibit

The City of Kent seeks prints, photographs, paintings, works on paper and other types of artwork for the juried Kent Summer Art Exhibit.  All artworks selected for the juried exhibit are then eligible for City Art Purchase Awards and Kent Arts Commission Exhibit Awards.  To accommodate a large number of accomplished, regional artists, the exhibition is displayed salon style in the Centennial Center Gallery and adjacent conference rooms.  The exhibition will be on display from June 3rd through August 31, 2015.


Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (PST) 



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 Saturday, July 4th.  Performance times range from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Application deadline is April 17, 2015



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 two months before the start of the project or event date)



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.


Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 17, 2014 or delivered to the Cultural Programs Office on the third floor of Kent City Hall, 220 4th Avenue South, in Kent by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014.

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.

Guidelines                         Application