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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Funding available for arts in Bellevue

Each year artists and arts groups working in Bellevue get a boost from the city's two arts funding programs: Eastside Arts Partnerships (EAP) and Special Projects. The application period for 2010 is open for both.

Guidelines and applications are available at Arts Special Projects. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2. A workshop for those interested in Special Projects funding will be 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at City Hall, room 1E-112. 

EAP provides operating funds for arts organizations doing all or most of their programming in Bellevue. Organizations serving Bellevue and demonstrating excellence in artistic quality, management, fiscal strength and community connections are prime candidates for EAP funding. These groups provide significant public benefit for Bellevue residents and support the goals of the Cultural Compass, the city's cultural plan. 

Special Projects funding provides partial support for projects in Bellevue by artists or arts organizations. High-quality arts projects that provide a clear public benefit to Bellevue residents and support the goals of the Cultural Compass are the top criteria for Special Projects funding.  

For 2010, the Arts Commission is challenging artists to propose projects occurring in the Bel-Red area. Earlier this year the City Council laid the groundwork for the long-term redevelopment of the area, including a vision for an arts district. Although an actual arts district is many years away, the Arts Commission is expected to recommend that up to 50 percent of Special Projects funds are used for Bel-Red projects. Applications for projects elsewhere in Bellevue are also welcome.

The Bellevue Arts Program provides funding for arts organizations and artists working in Bellevue, manages Bellevue's Public Art Program, oversees implementation of the Cultural Compass and other cultural initiatives. The Arts Program is advised by the Bellevue Arts Commission, a seven-member volunteer advisory group appointed by City Council.

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