Special Projects Funding
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The 2013 Special Projects Application period is now open!
- Feb. 14, 3:30 - 4:30 - Workshop for applicants, City Hall, 1E-120;
- March 13 - Applications due (received by 5 p.m.);
- May 8 - Applicants notified.
2013 Special :Projects Guidelines and Application Part 1
2013 Special :Projects Guidelines and Application Part 2
Cultural Compass Goals
Bel Red Brochure
City Council and Arts Commissioners
Final Report Forms
2013 Special Projects Final Report Part 1
2013 Special Projects Final Report Part 2
2013 Special Projects Final Report Invoice
If you have questions or want to discuss your ideas for a project, please contact the Arts Program staff (contact information in the right column of this page).
Special Projects Overview
The Special Projects Program funds a variety of arts projects serving Bellevue residents. By encouraging and supporting special projects in Bellevue we aim to achieve the goals of the Cultural Compass, Bellevue's cultural plan, by:
- providing a variety of cultural public benefits to Bellevue’s residents;
- creating a livelier, more diverse arts scene in Bellevue;
- increasing support for, and participation in, the arts;
- encouraging artists and arts groups to bring their work to Bellevue; and
- strengthening artists and arts groups working in Bellevue.
Priority Funding for Projects Seeding an Arts District in Bel-Red
Occasionally, the Arts Commission identifies a special focus for funding in Special Projects. Projects addressinig a special focus receive priority consideration. This year we will continue our efforts to build interest and awareness around developing a stronger arts presence in Bel-Red to lay the groundwork for a future arts district there.
Bel-Red is a 900-acre area east of downtown Bellevue and characterized by low-rise retail and light industrial businesses. In 2009 the City Council adopted new zoning and policies for developing the Bel Red area in the years to come.
The vision laid out in the Bel-Red Subarea Plan includes a new arts district centered by the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s eastside school, the Francia Russell Center, and will emphasize live/work space, learning and making art. The Bel-Red subarea plan will take many years to realize. The Bellevue Arts Commission is inviting artists to take part in the process of building the arts district today by bringing their vision and creativity to Bel-Red.
Two Bel-Red projects were funded in 2010
Miriam Works of Works Consulting partnered with Cheryl Leo-Gwin to survey the Bel Red area, gathering information on potential sites for temporary art projects, both visual and performing, and providing recommendations on next steps to continue building the arts district. They presented their report, “Mapping Bel-Red’s Cultural Future” to the Arts Commission on Sept. 7, 2010.
Photographer/videographer Tomiko Jones presented her project on Sept. 24, 2010, at an in-stream water detention facility on 124th Avenue Northeast. The Bel-Red area is home to several streams that form the headwaters for salmon-bearing Kelsey Creek. Impacted by historical development, these streams will eventually be daylighted, the habitat they provide will be improved, and the streams will become a key feature of sustainable urban design in Bel Red. Projecting film footage onto temporary screens, or sails, which reflect onto the water, Tomiko poetically contrasted this vision of the future with existing conditions. To see this project, click here.
Three Bel-Red projects were funded in 2011.
Emerald Ballet Theatre. This ballet school and company is located in the Bel-Red area. They provided ballet students with a master class by Larissa Savaliev, a nationally respected instructor and co-founder of theYouth American Grand Prix. The YAGP is the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition awarding over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide.
Brian Forrest. Brian created a series of oil paintings of the Bel-Red area which were displayed at Factoria Shopping Center and Vovito Cafe and Gelato at the Bravern. An expressionistic painter, Brian captured the beauty and diversity of the area in a style emphasizing light and color.
See the paintings and more information about Brian's work here
Cheryl Leo-Gwin. Cheryll transformed a vacant store in the Sternco Center in Bel-Red into an art gallery. Cheryll continued her work on a series of paintings and sculptures based on cultural differences between the US and China during the times of the McCarthy Era, China's Cultural Revolution, Civil Rights, the US Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 - 1945, and the Women's Movement. She reproduced her work in large weather-proof versions and displayed them on windows surrounding the building. See images of the work here.