Art Calls and Grants

Project Grants

Through its annual grant funding cycle, the Arts Commission distributes monetary support to applicants who can demonstrate the community benefit, artistic merit and achievability of their proposals for projects, activities or performances. Grants are for up to $2500 and successful applicants are reimbursed for all related expenses within the year they are granted. The grant cycle opens in May and closes on August 31st of each year. Awards are announced in November for the following year. 

The 2024 Project Grants

In 2024, the Arts Commission is proud to announce that we were able to dedicate $30,000.00 to support the projects of 16 different artists and/or art organizations in our community. The application period for 2024 projects opened on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Deadline for submitting applications was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2023This grant application cycle is now closed. We had 34 applications totaling $67,000.00 in submissions.       

We thank all artists and organizations that submitted a Project Grant Application and their commitment to sharing art with the community. 

We are pleased to present the 2024 Project Grant recipients.  

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Artist or OrganizationProjectTime Frame
Justin GibbensBirdsong at The Palace GalleryAugust 2024
Carrie MichelKairos Lunch Concerts, Hal Holmes CenterJanuary-December 2024
Crista AmesWeight, Clymer Museum of ArtOctober 2024
Jenny HumphreyEllensburg Fiddle Project, music educationMultiple dates in 2024
Gayle ScottPeople with Puppets, KCRCOJuly-November 2024
Tamara and Neil CaulkinsNew Music for Two Guitars--Recording Live! Gallery OneJune 2, 2024
Gallery OneTrimpin ExhibitJune/July 2024
Joshua Gianola/CWU MusicCWU New Music FestivalOctober 11-13, 2024
Kittitas County Historical Society, Inc.Ellensburg Music Preservation ProjectApril 1, 2024
Valley Theatre CompanyThe Somewhat True Tale of Robin HoodMay 10-8, 2024
Blue Bear Puppet LabMari Gras Night ParadeFebruary 17, 2024
Ellensburg Downtown AssociationBuskers in the 'BurgSeptember 28, 2024
Ellensburg Dance EnsembleThe NutcrackerDecember 12-15, 2024
Joanna ThomasPiE (Poetry in Ellensburg)Multiple dates in 2024
Ellensburg Big BandSwing Dance ProjectMultiple dates in 2024
NuWave GalleryEllensburg Downtown Entry MuralSpring/Summer 2024


Art Call

Learn about the Rodeo Mural project. RFQs now CLOSED.

Project Grants

The application period for 2023 projects is closed. Applications will open in June 2023 for 2024 funding.

Arts Treasure Award

The City of Ellensburg Art Treasure Award is given annually to a local artist who has contributed at least 15 years of service to the community. The 2023 Award winner is musician Carrie Rehkopf. 

Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate program seeks to recognize the contributions of a local poet. Marie Marchand was named the 2022 City of Ellensburg Poet Laureate.