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Spotlight on Washington's Artist Trust: Empowering Art and Artists

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Who is Artist Trust?

Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization that has been a lifeline for artists across Washington State since 1986. Recognized nationally for direct funding and professional development, they have invested over $15 million in individual artists.

With a commitment to enriching community life, their mission is to support artists in all disciplines. Artist Trust views its work through the lenses of racial and geographic equity and is actively working towards becoming an anti-racist organization.

With aspirational values, Artist Trust emphasizes community, leadership, power-sharing, trust, and continued learning. They strive to be an inclusive environment that celebrates the voices of artists, particularly those from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, or rural communities.

Where Does the Funding Come From?

Artist Trust's financial muscle is fueled by a mixture of fundraising, partnerships, and community engagement. Their fundraising efforts are community-centric and aligned with movement building, engaging donors as partners, and fostering relationships between donors and artists. This collaborative approach ensures a continued stream of support for artists.

Annual Unrestricted Grants for Individual Washington Artists

  • Arts Innovator Award: 2 grants of up to $25,000 each.

  • Grants for Artist Projects (GAP): 65 grants of up to $1,500 each.

  • Fellowships: 16 grants of $10,000 each.

  • Twining Humber Award & SOLA Grant for female artists aged 60 and over 5 grants, including 1 for $10,000 and 4 for $5,000.

  • Artist Trust Endurance Grants: 40 grants of $2,500 each.

Additional Resources for Artists

From workshops focusing on artistic and business development to opportunities like calls for art and residencies, Artist Trust offers resources tailored for both emerging and established artists in Southwest Washington.

A Dynamic Community for Creativity

Artist Trust's commitment to racial equity, its values, grants, workshops, and opportunities stand as a beacon for creativity and community. By sharing power and resources and engaging in continued learning, they foster an environment that shapes artistic decision-making and programming.

Whether you're an artist seeking support or a community member wanting to contribute, there's a place for you at Artist Trust. Explore their grants, resources, and more at

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