2018 Activities:

Cornish Playhouse: Exhibition Opportunity

Playhouse Lobby

Cornish Playhouse Gallery

Artists Up is pleased to once again partner with Cornish College of the Arts to present an an exhibition of visual artwork around the theme of THEATER, in celebration of Cornish College of the Arts 100 years of theater making in Seattle. This exhibition will be held during the month of April 2019 in the Gallery of the Cornish Playhouse located on the Seattle Center campus. Approximately 20–30 pieces are expected to be selected for this group exhibition. Artwork may be listed as available for purchase, with no commission requirement. Artists who have engaged in Artists Up activities, including artists of color and artists with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Career Up!

Photo by Liz Satterthwaite - Artwork by Ellen Forney

© 2015 Crossed Pinkies, by Ellen Forney Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station; (cc) Photograph by Liz Satterthwaite

This fall, Artists Up is pleased to offer Career Up, a series of three, free, informal, moderated discussions by and for artists. This series came about after meeting with and listening to artists to find out what they need, outside of other available training opportunities, to expand their professional practice.

Each Career Up session will be held at the Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse, located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Light refreshments will be served. The Shelterhouse features a cozy gas fireplace and is wheelchair accessible.

Street parking is available, but challenging. We encourage public transportation including: Light Rail, Bus Lines [8, 9, 10, 11, 43, 49, 60], or the First Hill Street Car.Register for one, two or all three events. All are welcome!

Artists Online: How an Artists’ OnLine Life Impacts Opportunities and Advocacy

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 — 6:30-8:30 PM            
  • Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse — 1700 11th Ave, Seattle
  • Free – RSVP Requested

Join us for a conversation about how an artists’ online life can have an impact on their creative career. How does a website, online work samples, and social media positively or negatively influence patrons, grant panelists, donors, presenters, and others who can provide opportunities to artists? What can artists do to shield or integrate their personal and political on-line life to or from their creative work? What are the risks and benefits to having a vocal life online? Learn various strategies to manage your online life and art practice. Moderated by: C. Davida Ingram

Going Global: How Artists’ Creative Work Goes Beyond Local to International

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 — 6:30-8:30 PM            
  • Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse — 1700 11th Ave, Seattle
  • Free – RSVP Requested

Learn from artists about how different locally-based artists have approached taking their work international. What strategies and opportunities are there to push one’s work into an international sphere? What does it mean to be rooted in Seattle and to be working, or sharing work, in an international context? Artists will share notes on their experiences, opportunities, and leave attendees with concrete tips on next steps for getting international. Moderated by: Elliat Graney-Saucke

Social Practice Art: Exploring How Artists Engage With Community

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — 6:30-8:30 PM            
  • Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse — 1700 11th Ave, Seattle
  • Free – RSVP Requested

Artists will share their methods and personal paths in Social Practice. You’ll learn about their motivations for working in this discipline, and gain practical tools and knowledge for starting or developing your own practice. You’ll learn how each artist implements specific strategies in the context of their projects, and be able to ask questions and dialogue about the how’s and why’s of doing artwork that focuses on engaging and investing in community. Moderated by: Michelle de la Vega

© 2015 Crossed Pinkies, by Ellen Forney Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station; (cc) Photograph by Liz Satterthwaite

Artists with disAbilities Mixer

Lynndebeal_OpticalARTISTS UP invites you to an afternoon event on June 9th from 1-3pm. Connect with peer artists, share resources, learn about opportunities, and celebrate difference and diversity. We will have a special performance by Nic Masangkay, a Seattle-based spoken word poet, music producer, and singer-songwriter. Nic will perform at 1:30 pm and with Buzzfeed claiming their poetry “will leave you speechless” it’s a performance not to be missed! Light refreshments will provided

People of all ages and abilities are welcome! Stop-by or stay for full event.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Heather Dwyer or (206) 263-1597 or TTY: 711. Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.

Image by Artists Up Grant LAB recipient, Lynn deBeal 

2017 Activities:

Cornish Playhouse Gallery Hosts Artists Up Exhibition


Cornish College and Artist Up celebrate three artists who were selected for exhibition at the Cornish Playhouse through a partnership with Artists Up.

The artwork of Nguyen Ly Phuong Ngoc, Kamari Bright, and Blanca Santander will be on display through November 19, 2017.

Image by Blanca Santander

Artists Up Residency Roundtable

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 6-8 PM
  • King Street Station, 303 S. Jackson St., Seattle
  • Please RSVP

Artists – Need time and space to focus on your work without daily distractions?Come learn about artist residencies available to you, here in the Pacific Northwest. Meet residency staff who will answer your questions about their respective opportunities for artists. Featured residencies include: Mineral SchoolRockland ResidencyCentrum ResidenciesBloedel ReserveMadArtRecology CleanscapesArtsmith, and the Laboratory ResidencyMineral School

Additionally, local artists including: Romson Bustillo, Mary Coss, Brent Watanabe, and Jane Wong will share their experience and the benefits they gained.

Doors will open at 5:30 PM so you can check out the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s exhibition, Borderlands, prior to the event’s start time. Light refreshments will be served

ARTISTS UP serves all artists and extends a special invitation to this event to artists of color and those often underserved by career advancement opportunities. This event is open to artists working in all creative disciplines.

Image: Mineral School, Mineral Washington

Exhibition Opportunity At Cornish Playhouse

playhouse_lobbyCornish College of the Arts is committed to the support of local artists working in both the visual and performing arts. The Cornish Playhouse, a vibrant theatrical and educational facility, is reaching out to visual artists who have participated in any of Artists Up’s activities, to exhibit their work in the lobby of the  Playhouse from October 16-November 19, 2017. An exhibition opening will take place on October 23rd, 6pm-8pm. If you are interested in participating, please read the Cornish Playhouse Exhibition Opportunity before the deadline on September 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

ARTISTS UP Grant LAB Shout Out!


Grant LAB recipients John Bunkley and Kamari Bright, with artist Ari Glass. Image: Bruce Tom Photography

On May 10th, Artists Up Grant LAB recipients, gathered at Oxbow in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood to share information about their inspirations, current projects, and upcoming events. More than fifty attendees enjoyed a spring evening – learning about the diverse art practices of the Grant LAB recipients. Thanks to our amazing volunteer Andy Goodman, the team at Oxbow, artist Michelle de la Vega, and our neighbors at Prairie Underground for helping to make this event happen.


2016 Activities:

ARTISTS UP Grant LAB awards announced!

We’re thrilled to announce that eighteen artists from Washington State were awarded funds from Grant LAB! Congratulations to Kamari Bright, John Bunkley, Danielle Christian, Alex Crozier, Lynn DeBeal, Rome Esmaili, Kiana Harris, Sarah Moreno León, Emma Levitt, Xavier Lopez, Sarah Maria Medina, Marilyn Montufar, Tamiko Nimura, Sandra Pressley, Gabriel Teodros, David Tucker, Gordon Wood, and Miriam Zmiewski-AngelovaLearn more.

Artists Up Grant LAB – In Process

We’ve closed applications for our Grant LAB, an experiment of Artists Up, offering cash awards of $3,000 to Washington State artists working in all disciplines, to enhance their creative process. We are currently in the organization and review process and we will be notifying all applicants about the status of their application by mid-December. If you applied – thanks for experimenting with us!

Artists Up Grant LAB 

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Grant LAB. This is an experiment of Artists Up [a collaborative effort between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, and Artist Trust], offering cash awards of $3,000 to Washington State artists working in all disciplines, to enhance their creative process. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: September 28, 2016 – 5pm PST Information about Guidelines and Application

Happy Hour 

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our  Artists Up Art Walk Happy Hour on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 4:30-6pm . This event was cohosted by Artists Up and was held at Artist Trust’s office (corner of 12th and Denny).  This event was a chance to meet up with the Artist Up team for a happy hour before the March Capitol Hill Art Walk. We hope to offer more events like this in the future, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @artistsup

Building with Artists

At the end of 2015, the Artists Up team brought together a group of artists of color, to assist us in rethinking, reworking and revolutionizing the peer-panel review process. The panel process was noted as a high priority in our final report, Learning from Artists: Four Focus Groups Conducted for Artists Up. We look forward to continuing to work with artists to deconstruct and rebuild new components of funding and commissioning practices throughout 2016!


2015 Activities:

Learning from Artists

Check out the responses from our facilitated meetings that were collected in a final report, Learning from Artists: Four Focus Groups Conducted for Artists Up. If you participated in any of our previous events and would like to learn more about what’s next, please join us on October 27th at the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Avenue Seattle). Doors will open at 5:30 pm and at 6:30 pm we will have welcome remarks and information about our future plans.

Light food and drink will be served. 

We hope to see you there!

 This event is FREE to all past Artists Up session attendees and one guest. RSVP’s strongly encouraged.

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our celebration at ArtXchange Gallery

We had a great time on June 8th – reconnecting with artists we’d met throughout our recent Artists Up efforts, as well as new artists who are interested in exchanging information about funding, opportunities and other resources for artists. Thanks for your participation and extra thanks to our host, ArtXchange Gallery!

RSVP for our Celebration and Networking Event 

Artists Up is pleased to invite artists who have participated in our past events, as well as artists interested in learning more about our goals and networking with other artists in the region – to a celebration and networking event. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, June 8, 2015, 6:00—8:30 p.m.
ArtXchange Gallery [512 1st Avenue South]
This event is FREE, but RSVP required due to limited space. 

Between 2013-2015, Artists Up presented a series of focus groups, networking events and resource programs for and with artists from the Latino/a; Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander; African /African-American/Black and Native communities. This work is an effort to improve and expand services and resources for artists of color in our region. This event is to thank all of the artists we have connected and worked with throughout the series. It is also an opportunity for diverse creative communities to share ideas, promote their work, explore collaboration and get to know each other. Come celebrate with us! 

Networking and Resource Event for Native Artists

Image: Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip). Moving Forward, 2006, serigraph, 20”x14.5” Photo by Art and Soul Photo. City of Seattle Portable Works Collection

Image: Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip). Moving Forward, 2006, serigraph, 20”x14.5” Photo by Art and Soul Photo. City of Seattle Portable Works Collection

Join the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture and Artist Trust for a FREE, informal evening at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to learn about art resources and to network with fellow Native artists. Light refreshments will be served.

DATE: Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:30—8:30 p.m.

WHO: This is an opportunity for Native artists to learn about services and funding opportunities, chat with local funders, and meet other artists in the community.Artists creating in dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual, and public art are welcome to attend.

PLACE: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center [5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, WA 98199]

Click here to RSVP (via Eventbright). Share the event with your friends on Facebook.

Light refreshments will be served and art activities for school-aged kids (5 years and older) will be available upon registration for attendees who require child care.

HAVE KIDS?: Sign up for art activities for school-aged kids (5 years old and older) when registering.

QUESTIONS: For more information, contact Irene Gómez at, 206-684-7310 (M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

We also invite you to visit our facebook page to find out about upcoming opportunities open to artists in our region. You may also be interested in these findings from our work to date.


2014 Activities

Celebrate with Artists Up!

Music, art & delicious food

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
101 Prefontaine PL S, Seattle

ARTISTS UP invites you to a social mixer celebrating the two communities we’ve had the pleasure to work with during the launch of the ARTISTS UP program. Art by Romson Bustillo, music by Miho & Diego. Mix and meet old and new friends in the Latino/a, Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander artist communities. All are welcome! RSVP requested.RSVP requested.

Networking and Resources Event for African & African American Artists

Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00-8:30 PM
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle

Join us for a FREE informal evening at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) to learn about art resources and to network with fellow African and African America Artists. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Learn about services and funding opportunities
  • Chat with local funders, including Heather Dwyer (4Culture), Marcia Iwasaki (Office of Arts & Culture), Irene Gomez (Office of Arts & Culture), Barbara Mizoguchi (Artist Trust), Mayumi Tsutakawa (ArtsWA), and Cath Brunner (4Culture).
  • Meet other artists in your community

Artists creating in dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual, and public art are welcome to attend.

Register here by October 1 to guarantee an information packet. Day of event walk-ins are welcomed.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the ARTIST UP Peer Artist Ambassadors for this event: Natasha Marin, Christina Orbé, Marita Dingus, Yonnas Getahun, Amma Anang, and La-Tonia Denise Willis!


Donald Byrd and violinist Quentin Morris, atop Heather Hart’s The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, a 2013 installation at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Photograph: © 2013 Robert Wade,

Networking and Resources Event for Asian, Asian-American, and Asian Pacific Islander Artists

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Artists Up hosted a dynamic evening of resources and networking for Asian, Asian-American, & Asian Pacific Islander artists. The event brought together over 60 artists of varying artistic disciplines with the goal of growing relationships between artists and funders, as well as demystifying funding programs and processes. A big, heartfelt thank-you to our host and outreach partner, Asian Counseling and Referral Service. We enjoyed a tour of ACRS’ impressive art collection, sampled amazing Vietnamese food from the Rainier Valley, and learned a great deal from each other.

© 2014 Bruce Clayton Tom. All Rights Reserved. No commercial usage without negotiation.

© 2014 Bruce Clayton Tom. All Rights Reserved. No commercial usage without negotiation.

Latino Artist Networking Event

We had a great event on February 20th from 6-8 pm at Fulgencio Lazo Studio (at Casa Latina in Seattle). This was a follow up to the successful Artists Up workshop series held in the summer of 2013. Artists Up partnered with La Sala and Día de Muertos Committee for a lively social event that provided opportunities for artists working in all disciplines to network in a relaxed environment. The event was held at the studio of local artist Fulgencio Lazo. Works on display will included paintings by Fulgencio Lazo, Jose Orantes and Jesús Mena. Ambient music was all by local Latino artists, curated by Jacque Larrainzar. A full play list was provided. Everyone had a chance to hang out, enjoy some homemade tamales, tostadas de tinga and a glass of wine with fellow artists and community members.


2013 Activities

Latino & Latina Resource Exchange & Networking Event

In 2013, ARTISTS UP focused on the Latino community, representing the largest population of immigrants and English language learners in Washington State. Bilingual materials were provided.

Para Artistas Latinas(os)/For Latina(o) Artists


  • Session I – Meet the Funders, took place on July 8th, 2013 and was open to the public. This session provided artists an opportunity to learn about funding and commissioning programs offered by each entity.
  • Session II – Meet the Artists, took place on July 15th, 2013 and was open to the public. Five artists who have received funding in the past from Artist Trust, 4Culture, and/or the Office of Arts & Culture presented anecdotal accounts of their path to success.
  • Session III – Focus Group took place on July 22nd, 2013 and was by invitation only. Artists representing all disciplines (music, media, dance, theater, visual and literary arts) participated in a focus group facilitated by Claudia Bach of AdvisArts.
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