Artist Trust Programs
Financial Grant Programs
Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) award up to $1,500 for artists to begin, further or complete specific works of art; Artist Trust Fellowships are unrestricted awards of $7,500 that recognize artistic merit and continued dedication to an art-making practice; The Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement is an annual, unrestricted award of $10,000 given to a female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated a lifetime to her art-making. The Arts Innovator Award is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State generative artists of all disciplines who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice.
Creative Career Center
The Creative Career Center is a comprehensive suite of career training, professional-development resources and counseling to help artists achieve their career goals. Artists learn best practices in the business of being an artist, increasing their confidence and entrepreneurship. Programs include workshops, networking events and other career training opportunities, providing artists the necessary support to launch and sustain successful careers.
Artist Trust offers Professional Resources online, in print and on-site providing information on valuable resources, opportunities and services available to the artists of Washington State.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2012, Artist Trust awarded over $280,000 to 102 artists through five grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training, professional development resources and counseling to help artists achieve their career goals.
In 2009, Artist Trust was awarded the Seattle Mayor's Arts Award in recognition of our stellar programs that support generative artists of all creative disciplines, enabling them to create new works and thrive in our community.
Given the decline in public support of the arts, our Fellowship program suffered a 27% reduction in funds from the state arts commission in 2009. This required us to reduce the number of awards -- which offer $7,500 to exemplary artists to invest time and resources in order that they may create new works & present to new audiences around the state -- for the first time in our 23-year history. The demand for our artist grants exceeds our available resources such that we are only able to fund between 5-8% of applicants.