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Published on May 16, 2024
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Seeks Performers for Pop-Up Shows at Seattle CenterSource: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is putting out the call for all performers: apply to bring your talent to the Seattle Center stage. The ARTS department has officially opened applications for the Artists at the Center grant, a program funding individuals, groups, and organizations to present pop-up performances across Seattle Center. From toe-tapping music and expressive dance to powerful theater and dynamic multi-disciplinary works, the city's cultural hub is looking to showcase a kaleidoscope of artistic genres.

In what is a multi-year marriage between ARTS and Seattle Center, and with some backup from the Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition, the initiative aims to continuously inject life and creativity into the heart of Seattle's arts scene. Committing to supporting local artists, the program is designed to not only highlight but also to uplift. "Seattle Center is thrilled to support artists in this way," Pete Rush, Senior Arts Programs Specialist at Seattle Center, said, as per the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. The ambition here is clear: provide artists access to professional production support, introduce them to new audiences, and generally make a splash on the cultural canvas of the Pacific Northwest's renowned city.

Indeed, for former grantee Adriana Giordano of EntreMundos Quarteto, the program has proven to be a godsend. Giordano gushed about the ease the grant offered her creative process: "It was wonderful to just focus on making art and not worry about the business aspect of the project." In remarks given to the Art Beat, she stresses how the funding allowed her to more fairly compensate her fellow artists - effectively sweet music to the ears of performers citywide who often struggle to balance the art with the ledger, according to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Each year, the selection process aims to level the playing field, looking through an equity and social justice lens to ensure the entries represent the city's diverse and sometimes underserved art community. Applications are welcomed in multiple languages, including Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese - a veritable Babel of inclusivity. The deadline for application submissions is June 25, 2024, giving artists ample chances to ready and perfect their pitches. Artists keen on learning more about the grant can attend one of several information sessions - and are encouraged to do so before throwing their hat into the proverbial ring.