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Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State.
To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to:
- Give financial grants, through a peer review process, to individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts;
- Serve as a professional information resource for artists and encourage artists to support each other; and,
- Provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State and for the merit and integrity of artists' work.
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Founded in 1987 by a group of arts patrons and artists who were concerned about the lack of support for individual artists, Artist Trust is shepherded by a 28-member Board of Trustees and a professional staff.
Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) award up to $1,500 for artists to begin, further or complete specific works of art;
Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowships are unrestricted awards of $6,000 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.
An important complement to our artist grants, Artist Trust Information Services are used repeatedly throughout the year by thousands of artists across Washington State and beyond. You can take advantage of these services on our website, over the phone, or by visiting our office. Artist Trust offers the following Information Services:
- Resources: Includes a searchable database of current and ongoing opportunities including Grants, Awards, Prizes, Scholarships, and Residency Programs; current Employment listings and Employment resources; current Studio Space & Housing listings and housing/space related resources; discipline-specific resources, as well as legal resources, health resources, and emergency assistance programs. Click here to learn how to submit a listing.
- Possibilitiesis a comprehensive four-page print publication of deadline-based opportunities for artists, including: residency programs, grants and fellowships, exhibition, performing, and publishing opportunities. Possibilities is published six times per year, mid-month, in February, April, June, August, October and December. You can download your own copy from our website.
- Artists' Assets: A Guide to Artist Resources is a comprehensive 80-page print publication of information about hundreds of organizations, agencies, guilds and service providers that offer vital resources for artists. Artists' Assets is published annually. You can download your own copy from our website.
The EDGE Program is our 50-hour professional development training program for visual artists.
Art Source is our quarterly newsletter full of articles of relevance to artists and arts patrons across Washington State.
Workshops and Events: Searchable database of workshops and events across the state. The workshops listed include Artist Trust's Grant Writing and Artist Survival Skills (SoS) workshops, as well as Washington Lawyers for the Arts legal clinics and workshops, and workshops and events offered by other organizations around the state. Events by Artist Trust grant recipients and EDGE graduates are also listed. Click here to learn how to submit a listing.
Professional Development provides answers to artists questions, such as: How do I prepare a budget for an art project? or How do I write an artist resume? and more.
The Artists' Assets Area is a walk-in artist resource center full of professional development books and periodicals, a computer and printer for research or creating your resume, and much more. Open Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. Artist Trust is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and East Denny Way in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood (three blocks east of Broadway).
Artist Registry: An online registry of Artist Trust's grant recipients and EDGE graduates.
WAHIP: The Washington Artists Health Insurance Project is an ambitious effort to forge new strategies to improve artists' access to health insurance in Washington State. WAHIP is a pilot project of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) in partnership with Artist Trust, and supported with funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation. The project will serve as a model for development of state-based health insurance expansion that benefits artists working in all disciplines.
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