Each year artists and arts groups working in Bellevue get a boost from the city's two arts funding programs: Eastside Arts Partnerships (EAP) and Special Projects. The application period for 2011 is open for both, with guidelines and application forms on the arts program page. Applications to either program are due at City Hall by 5 p.m., Monday, April 4.
EAP provides operating funds for arts organizations doing all or most of their programming in Bellevue. Organizations serving Bellevue and demonstrating excellence in artistic quality, management, fiscal strength and community connections are prime candidates for EAP funding. These groups provide significant public benefit for Bellevue residents and support the goals of the city's cultural plan, the Cultural Compass.
Special Projects provides partial funding for projects in Bellevue by artists or arts organizations. Projects selected for Special Projects funding provide a clear public benefit to Bellevue residents, and support the goals of the Cultural Compass. Additional criteria are listed in the guidelines. Projects taking place during 2011 are eligible.
From time to time, the Arts Commission identifies an area of special interest and gives priority consideration to Special Projects proposals serving that interest. For 2011, the commission identified two areas for artists to consider, seeding an arts district in the Bel-Red area and increasing community engagement in a limited update of the Cultural Compass. More information on both areas of special interest is in the Special Projects Guidelines. Applicants are also encouraged to contacts Arts Program staff to discuss their proposals.
Applications for projects taking place anywhere in Bellevue are welcome.
Bellevue's arts program provides funding for arts organizations and artists working in Bellevue, manages Bellevue's Public Art Program and oversees implementation of the Cultural Compass and other cultural initiatives. The Bellevue Arts Commission, a seven-member volunteer advisory group appointed by City Council, advises the Arts Program.
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