The City’s Arts Program is soliciting applications for grant funding to support arts-related projects in Beaverton. Projects must serve residents of Beaverton. Those projects that provide opportunities to historically marginalized and/or underserved community members are most likely to be funded. Project duration may vary and could be a one-time or recurring event, performance, art class, program, placemaking initiative, and more. Project duration may vary and could be a one-time placemaking event, performance or other artwork installation that is on display temporarily or permanently.

Proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and can include but are not limited to: design interventions, community projects, festivals, performances, public art, streetscaping, landscaping, and functioning public amenities such as creative wayfinding, decorative benches, tables and bicycle racks. Applicants should provide detailed information on what opportunities for which they are seeking funding, the challenges or site conditions that are being impacted and what this project would contribute to the residents of Beaverton. In short, we are asking applicants to get to the heart of why this project is relevant to the community and public space for which it was imagined, and what you hope to achieve both short and long-term if this project is awarded a grant. Please note:

  • Public place is defined as an area that is accessible, highly visible and open to the public, such as an alley, park, plaza or street. Projects can be on private property so long as they meet the definition of a public place. 
  • Proposals can be conceptual and do not need to identify all details regarding implementation and permitting specifics (e.g. insurance needs, precise location details, design qualifications, etc.). Grant recipients will receive guidance from City Staff to facilitate these implementation areas for their projects. 
  • Applicants are encouraged to instigate collaborative creative and community partnerships and should consider inclusivity in their approach.

SELECTION REVIEW CRITERIA 

Submissions will be reviewed by designated representatives of the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission. The following factors and criteria will be used to evaluate proposals: 

  • Neighborhood Participation & Community Partnerships (20 Points): Clearly define how the project will provide a creative solution for specific issues in the proposed area. Demonstrate community support and collaboration, and how the project will create strong partnerships in the neighborhood. Please provide letter(s) of support or commitment of partnerships if relevant to your application.
  • Creativity, Artistic Quality, Scope & Merit (20 Points): Proposals should be innovative, well-defined, goal-oriented, original and either visually or experientially compelling, and draw on community resources and talent. 
  • Planning, Feasibility & Maintenance (20 Points): Proposals should demonstrate how feasible the project is in terms of timeline, budget and available resources. Explain how the project will be safely produced, installed, maintained and removed. 
  • Economic & Community Vitality, Leverage (20 Points): How well does the project address the objectives of the grant program and catalyze a vision to enhance the vibrancy and economic vitality in a neighborhood? Proposals should include measurement tools for reporting on the success of the project and addressing challenges or opportunities in the neighborhood. 
  • Community Benefit & Social Impact (20 Points): Proposals should demonstrate how the project represents and boasts community identity, heritage, engagement and sense of place. 

PROGRAM BUDGET 

  • Funding requests may be up to $5,000 per project  
  • This is not a matching-grant but we encourage applicants to leverage other funds raised to augment their projects. Applicants should include either potential or confirmed funding sources in their project budget. 
  • If the applicant is requesting the full award amount and their project budget falls over that amount, a clear fundraising plan must be presented with the application. 
  • Crowdfunding and fundraising through community engagement activities is encouraged 
  • If the organization is not a 501c3, the applicant must have a fiscal agent 

PROGRAM TIMELINE 

  • Application open: Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • Submission deadline: Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 5 p.m. PDT
  • Award Notification: by May 31, 2023
  • All funded activities must take place between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024. 

PROGRAM GOAL 

Informed by Beaverton’s Community Vision, the goal of the Art Lives Here: Community Placemaking Grants program is to support place and neighborhood-based revitalization and activation projects that: 

  • Enrich the lives of Beaverton residents and visitors by integrating arts, culture and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods and making them accessible for all 
  • Nurture community collaboration; encourage partnership among artists and creative industries, businesses, cultural and other non- and for-profit organizations 
  • Contribute to economic vitality, instigate neighborhood revitalization and beautification, and promote our city as a place that is welcoming, vibrant, responsible, friendly, safe, and active. 
  • Inspire creativity and innovation by providing opportunities for local and regional talent, both emerging and established. 
  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity and inclusiveness through the engagement of arts, culture and creativity in neighborhoods. 
  • Recognize and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories. 
  • Animate and enliven public spaces 
  • Increase public safety and awareness 
  • Capitalize on community assets and identity 
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being 

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS 

All applicants will be considered, but it is advisable that the primary applicant identify as one of the following:

  • Neighborhood Association Committees (NACS) or neighborhood-based group
  • Business Development Association or Chamber of Commerce, etc.
  • Business or placed-based organizations (non- and for-profit)
  • Individual professional artist or artist collective
  • School groups in the Beaverton School District 

The following INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly: 

  • Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, or newspapers.
  • Individual Students 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS 

Proposals will be accepted and considered for projects that: 

  • Are located in either an indoor or outdoor public place within the City of Beaverton, and are consistent with city policies and municipal code
  • Retain a project coordinator, either volunteer or paid position, who will act as the sole liaison with City Staff and will initiate, plan, implement and provide evaluation materials to the City.
  • Align with the program’s goals and objectives
  • Are tactile, physical or experiential objects or events that could inspire long-term, sustainable change in public places
  • Indicate a desired timeline or lifespan for the project (timelines may be flexible and evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Are free and open to all members of the public
  • Comply with applicable design standards for accessibility based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Large Project Grant funding may be used to cover expenses directly related to the project, such as: 

Planning & Personnel

  • Project management, volunteer coordinator, community organizer

Professional Services & Fees

  • Permits (parks, construction, etc.)
  • Professional consultants (designer, engineer, artist, etc.)
  • Insurance (see Insurance & Liability Coverage below)

Material, Supplies & Maintenance

  • Art supplies (paint, printing, etc.)
  • Building materials
  • Equipment rental (audio/visual, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Landscaping (soil, shrubs, plants, mulch, rocks, logs, etc.)
  • Installation/De-installation
  • Maintenance needs

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS & EXPENSES 

Project funds may not be used for: 

  • Projects on private property that are not publicly-accessible
  • Projects that have restricted participation and public access on the basis of race, gender, creed, origin, age, disability
  • Purchase of facilities
  • Maintenance, operation or retroactive funding of existing projects
  • Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives
  • Re-granting
  • Fundraising activities
  • General operating expenses and activities
  • Surveys or studies
  • Financial awards
  • Cash reserves and endowments
  • Food and beverage (unless demonstrated as a primary need or essential to an artist’s vision i.e. social practice projects involving food) 

ACCESSIBILITY 

This information can be made available in large print or audio tape upon request. Language translators, assistive listening devices, or sign language interpreters will be made available at any public meeting or program with three business days advance notice. To request these services, please email artsmail@BeavertonOregon.gov and reference Arts Program Grants. 

POST- AND MID-PROJECT EVALUATION 

Through multiple phases of the project, grant recipients may be required to provide a project evaluation that includes expense reporting, project documentation (photographs, video and/or text), related press, an assessment of whether grant objectives were met and how the project was successful. 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST 

Proposals for the Large Project Grant will only be accepted if the application form is completed and submitted online through Submittable with required documentation including: 

  • Project Budget
  • Up to six images or media files which visualize or demonstrate examples or sketches of your proposed project. This may include previous work but proposed work must be included.
  • Information and photos that capture the desired site or place. 

GRANTS STAFF & REVIEW COMMITTEE 

Beaverton Arts Program staff and Beaverton Arts Commission board members will review and evaluate proposals according to the established eligibility criteria. 

  1. Awards will be based on grant panel’s recommendations.
  2. Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award status in May 2023.
  3. Notification and information on award status can only be given after the grants process is complete.

CONTRACTING & PAYMENTS 

All projects require a funding agreement between the grantee and the City of Beaverton before funds are awarded. 

Typically award money is paid out in two to three disbursements, depending on the scope of work and expected deliverables: 

  • After a contract between the City of Beaverton and the grantee has been completed.
  • Near completion or execution of project. Payment amounts and real costs can be negotiated under the terms of the agreement with the City of Beaverton.
  • A retainer amount held until final report, evaluation and images have been received by City Staff. 

INSURANCE & LIABILITY COVERAGE 

The following insurance MAY be required, depending on the scope of work: 

Workers’ Compensation - State mandated coverage for employees injured on the job. Sole Proprietors (those with no employees) are not required to carry Workers’ Compensation. It is important to notify the City if this rule applies to you. 

Business Auto Liability - Coverage for liability (negligence) claims by a third party related to the operation of an automobile. Auto insurance is required of all contractors who will be operating a vehicle as part of their contractual duties for the City. The standard limit required $1,000,000. Contractors who use their personal vehicles can substitute their personal auto insurance for the business auto requirement. It is important to notify the City if this rule applies to you. 

General Liability - Coverage for liability (negligence) claims by a third party related to bodily injury (injury to another person) or property damage (damage to another person’s property). Limits will vary depending on the scope of work. 

Professional liability - Coverage for claims related to a "professional’s" error in judgment, planning or design. Examples of work requiring professional liability are architectural designs and engineering studies. NOTE: if a third party is hired to do such work, that third party is allowed to carry the insurance. To determine what type of insurance is required, final grantees will need to provide details on: 

FOR PHYSICAL ARTWORKS:

  • What is the work? (medium, materials, weight, size)
  • Where event will be located and how many people will attend? Will food and beverage be served?
  • How many people are part of the process from inception to completion?
  • Are these people employees or all sole proprietors?
  • Is specialized/certified knowledge required of the project such as engineering studies or architectural rendering?
  • How will it be installed; where will it be installed; who will be installing it?
  • Will the public have access to the space during the installation?
  • What, if any, special equipment is necessary to install and who will be handling the equipment?

FOR EVENTS:

  • Where will event be located and how many people will attend?
  • Will food and beverage be served and if so, by whom?
  • How many people are part of the process from inception to completion?
  • Are these people employees or all sole proprietors?
  • Will alcohol be served on premises of event? 

IMPORTANT! Your contract with the City includes indemnification. You are responsible for any claims that arise out of your work with the City. Even if insurance is waived, it is in your best interest to determine any exposures and potentially purchase insurance to cover that exposure. 

GRANT ASSISTANCE 

For questions about the grant guidelines or application, contact the Beaverton Arts Program at kbuechner@beavertonoregon.gov.

In Beaverton, the arts are a part of our identity. The arts build community, attract visitors, and drive progress. The Beaverton Arts Program contributes by presenting arts and cultural events and programs that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. 

Arts Organizations and Projects grants are only open to 501(C) 3 organizations. Awards are available to organizations offering arts and culture-related programs, projects and events that benefit Beaverton residents and which bring people together to experience and explore art, celebrate cultural diversity and inclusion, spur engagement and stewardship of art, and/or educate the community on the value of art. 

PROGRAM GOAL 

These grants are offered by the City of Beaverton to enrich the lives of the Beaverton community by integrating arts, culture, and creativity into the city and its neighborhoods. Applications should focus on art and culture-related programming and involve an element of public engagement, arts-based learning or meaningful art experiences.  

In addition, we hope to promote projects that meet these goals: 

  • Prioritize social equity and inclusion through your organization’s mission, vision and values, and programs offered and/or proposed.
  • Nurture collaboration by encouraging partnerships between artists and other creative industries, businesses, and organizations both for- and non-profit.
  • Contribute to economic vitality, support neighborhood revitalization and beautification, and promote our city as a place that is welcoming, vibrant, responsible, friendly, safe, and active.
  • Inspire creativity and innovation in local and regional talent (emerging as well as established) by offering new opportunities and experiences in the arts.
  • Elevate our community assets, cultural identity, and heritage to nurture, honor, preserve, and commemorate our cultural traditions and histories.
  • Animate and rejuvenate public spaces.
  • Increase public safety and awareness by activating shared spaces.
  • Enliven public spaces to promote health, happiness, connectedness, and wellbeing. 

SELECTION REVIEW CRITERIA

Submissions will be reviewed by designated representatives of the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission. The following factors and criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Neighborhood Participation & Community Partnerships (20 Points): Clearly define how the project will provide a creative solution for specific issues in the proposed area. Demonstrate community support and collaboration, and how the project will create strong partnerships in the neighborhood. Please provide letter(s) of support or commitment of partnerships if relevant to your application. Please provide letter(s) of support or commitment of partnerships if relevant to  your application. 
  • Creativity, Artistic Quality, Scope & Merit (20 Points): Proposals should be innovative, well-defined, goal-oriented, original and either visually or experientially compelling, and draw on community resources and talent. 
  • Planning, Feasibility & Maintenance (20 Points): Proposals should demonstrate how feasible the project is in terms of timeline, budget and available resources. Explain how the project will be safely produced, installed, maintained and removed. 
  • Economic & Community Vitality, Leverage (20 Points): How well does the project address the objectives of the grant program and catalyze a vision to enhance the vibrancy and economic vitality in a neighborhood? Proposals should include measurement tools for reporting on the success of the project and addressing challenges or opportunities in the neighborhood.
  • Community Benefit & Social Impact (20 Points): Proposals should demonstrate how the project represents and boasts community identity, heritage, engagement and sense of place. 

Applications must clearly demonstrate how the proposed programming will support at least one or more of the following: 

  1. Build awareness of the role and value of arts in Beaverton and increase public participation.
  2. Promote access and enhance learning, new and innovative art-making and practices, and encourage public participation in the arts.
  3. Prioritization of inclusivity in the proposed programming in representation, intended audience and discipline.
  4. Foster economic development in the community through the arts. 

LEVEL OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT 

  • Funding requests may be awarded up to $5,000 (please refer to eligibility to determine appropriate budget level).
  • This is not a matching-grant so we encourage applicants to seek additional opportunities to augment their funding.
  • If the applicant is requesting the full award amount and their project budget is greater than that amount, a clear fundraising plan must be presented with the application.
  • Crowdfunding and fundraising through community engagement activities is encouraged. 

2023 PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Application open: Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • Submission deadline: Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 5 p.m. PDT
  • Award Notification: by May 31, 2023
  • All funded activities must take place between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024. 

APPLY ONLINE 

All applications must be submitted online at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtSubmit

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS 

All applicants must be an arts or cultural 501(c)3 organization or an entity represented by a 501(c)3 organization as a fiscal agent. 

Individuals, religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, or newspapers are NOT eligible to apply. 

ELIGIBILITY 

Organizations seeking support for specific programs or projects which may include but are not limited to performances, events, classes or arts-based activities. 

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES 

Arts Organizations and Projects funding may be used to cover expenses directly related to program and/or project related expenses. 

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS & EXPENSES 

Funds awarded may not be used for: 

  • Projects on private property that are not publicly-accessible
  • Projects that have restricted participation and public access on the basis of race, gender, creed, origin, age, disability
  • Purchase of facilities
  • Maintenance, operation, or retroactive funding of existing projects
  • Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives
  • Re-granting
  • General operating expenses and activities (see Operational Assistance: Unrestricted Grants)
  • Surveys or studies
  • Financial awards or gifts
  • Cash reserves and endowments
  • Food and beverage (unless demonstrated as a primary need or essential to a program’s or project’s purpose i.e. social practice projects involving food) 

MID- AND POST-PROJECT EVALUATION 

Through multiple phases of the project, grant recipients may be required by city staff to provide a project update that may include expense reporting, project documentation (photographs, video, and/or text), related press, and an assessment of whether grant objectives are being met successfully. 

At the conclusion of the project, grant recipients will be required to submit a final report which will include expense reporting, project documentation (photographs, video, and/or text), related press, and a project narrative that addresses the scope of the project as realized, successes, and any areas where grant recipient encountered difficulties or diverged from the original proposal as submitted. 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST 

Applications for the Arts Organizations and Projects grant will only be accepted if the application form is completed and submitted online through www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtSubmit with required documentation including: 

  • Program/project narrative
  • Program/project budget
  • If applicable, up to six images or media files which support the proposed program or project and/or previous work. Applicants may also submit other supporting material – such as a brochure, newsletter, past review, etc. 

GRANTS STAFF & REVIEW COMMITTEE 

  1. Beaverton Arts Program staff and Beaverton Arts Commission board members will review proposals according to the established eligibility criteria.
  2. Awards will be based on grant panel’s recommendations.
  3. Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award status in May 2023
  4. Notification and information on award status can only be given after the grants process is complete.

GRANT ASSISTANCE 

For questions about the grant guidelines or application, contact the Beaverton Arts Program at kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov. 

In Beaverton, the arts are a part of our identity, helping to build community vibrancy and shared identity. The Beaverton Arts Program contributes by presenting arts and cultural events and programs that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage.

Open Format Grants have a rolling deadline and award amounts up to $2,500 to arts and culture practitioners. This grant is intended to provide support for individuals or organizations that have needs not met by other traditional funding programs. We call it “open format” because we ask that applicants simply tell us what their most emergent and impactful needs are. Funds could be used to support studio, office, or venue rental; support staff positions; produce a discreet project; hire a consultant to lead strategic planning efforts for an organization, etc. The point is, you tell us what you need and we will consider funding it.

FUNDS AVAILABLE

  • Funding requests may be up to $2,500 per applicant
  • This is not a matching-grant but we encourage applicants to leverage other funds raised to augment their projects.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Submission deadlines: applications have a rolling deadline but the Grants Committee of the Beaverton Arts Commission will review requests for funding on a quarterly basis. These reviews will take place in March, June, September and December 2022 or until all grant funds are expended. Applicants will be notified of their funding request status by the end of each of these months.

PROGRAM GOAL

Informed by Beaverton’s Community Vision, the goals of the Open Grant program is to support requests for funding that meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity and inclusiveness and to help the City of Beaverton become increasingly welcoming, inclusive, representative, and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ.
  • Nurture community collaboration; encourage partnership among artists and creative industries, businesses, cultural and other non- and for-profit organizations
  • Contribute to economic vitality, contribute to neighborhood revitalization and/or beautification, and promote our city as a place that is welcoming, vibrant, responsible, friendly, safe, and active.
  • Inspire or accomplish creativity and innovation.
  • Nurture and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and wellbeing.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

All applicants will be considered, but it is advisable that the primary applicant identify as one of the following:

  • Individual artists, artist collectives, curators or arts administrators
  • Non-profit organizations offering arts and culture programming
  • School groups that fall within the city of Beaverton
  • Individual Students

The following INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:

  • Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, or newspapers.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Proposals for the Small Projects Grant will only be accepted if the application form is completed and submitted online through www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtSubmit with required documentation including:

  • Letter of intent that describes the need and how funds will be used, if awarded
  • Budget that outlines the purpose and use of this funding, if awarded
  • If applicable, up to six images or media files which visualize or demonstrate examples or sketches of your proposed work, work that is similar to that which you are proposing, or previous work. Applicants may also submit other supporting material – such as a successful grant application submitted to another grant maker, newsletter, past review, media coverage, etc.

GRANTS STAFF & REVIEW COMMITTEE

  1. Beaverton Arts Program staff and Beaverton Arts Commission board members will review proposals according to the established eligibility criteria.
  2. Awards will be based on grant panel’s recommendations.
  3. Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award on a quarterly basis.
  4. If applicants are unsuccessful, we encourage them to re-submit their request for continued consideration.
  5. Notification and information on award status can only be given after the Grants Committee has made its recommendations for funding.

GRANT ASSISTANCE 

For questions about the grant guidelines or application, contact the Beaverton Arts Program at 503-526-2471 or kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov. 

In Beaverton, the arts are a part of our identity, helping to build community vibrancy and shared identity. The Beaverton Arts Program contributes by presenting arts and cultural events and programs that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage.

Small Project Grants are intended to provide support for new or unanticipated projects and those with an urgent timeline--especially for emerging artists, BIPOC and LGBTQ artists, students, or organizations new to the grant-making process. Projects could include workshops, art classes, and/or art activities that serve Beaverton residents.

FUNDS AVAILABLE

  • Funding requests may be up to $1,000 per applicant
  • This is not a matching-grant but we encourage applicants to leverage other funds raised to augment their projects.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Submission deadlines: Quarterly in March, June, September, December or until all grant funds are expended. Applicants will be notified of their funding request status by the end of each of these months.

PROGRAM GOAL

Informed by Beaverton’s Community Vision, the goals of the Small Project Grant program is to support projects that meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity and inclusiveness and to help the City of Beaverton become increasingly welcoming, inclusive, representative, and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ.
  • Nurture community collaboration; encourage partnership among artists and creative industries, businesses, cultural and other non- and for-profit organizations
  • Contribute to economic vitality, contribute to neighborhood revitalization and/or beautification, and promote our city as a place that is welcoming, vibrant, responsible, friendly, safe, and active.
  • Inspire or accomplish creativity and innovation.
  • Nurture and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and wellbeing.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

All applicants will be considered, but it is advisable that the primary applicant identify as one of the following:

  • Individual artists or artist collectives
  • School groups that fall within the city of Beaverton
  • Individual Students
  • Non-profits

The following INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:

  • Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, or newspapers.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Small Project Grant funding may be used to cover expenses directly related to the project, such as:

Planning & Personnel

  • Project management, volunteer coordinator, community organizer

Professional Services

  • Insurance
  • Marketing expenses
  • Permits (parks, construction, etc.)
  • Professional consultants (designer, engineer, artist, etc.)

Material, Supplies & Maintenance

  • Art supplies (paint, printing, etc.)
  • Building materials
  • Equipment rental (audio/visual, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Landscaping (soil, shrubs, plants, mulch, rocks, logs, etc.)
  • Installation/De-installation
  • Maintenance needs

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS & EXPENSES

Project funds may not be used for:

  • Projects on private property that are not publicly-accessible
  • Projects that have restricted participation and public access on the basis of race, gender, creed, origin, age, disability
  • Purchase of facilities
  • Maintenance, operation or retroactive funding of existing projects
  • Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives
  • Re-granting
  • Fundraising activities
  • Surveys or studies
  • Financial awards
  • Cash reserves and endowments
  • Food and beverage (unless demonstrated as a primary need or essential to an artist’s vision i.e. social practice projects involving food)

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Proposals for the Small Projects Grant will only be accepted if the application form is completed and submitted online through www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtSubmit with required documentation including:

  • Project narrative
  • Project budget
  • If applicable, up to six images or media files which visualize or demonstrate examples or sketches of your proposed project and/or previous work. Applicants may also submit other supporting material – such as a brochure, newsletter, past review, etc.

GRANTS STAFF & REVIEW COMMITTEE

  1. Beaverton Arts Program staff and Beaverton Arts Commission board members will review proposals according to the established eligibility criteria.
  2. Awards will be based on grant panel’s recommendations.
  3. Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award status within four weeks of application submission.
  4. Notification and information on award status can only be given after the grants process is complete.

GRANT ASSISTANCE For questions about the grant guidelines or application, contact the Beaverton Arts Program at 503-526-2471 or kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov. 

The City of Beaverton Arts Program is now accepting applications for our Youth Arts Awards, recognizing the accomplishments and academic pursuits of young and emerging artists in the performing and visual arts. 

The application will be open from Thursday, December 8, 2022 until Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

The Youth Arts Awards (YAA) support young artists and promote access to the arts for everyone. There are two categories of awards for which applicants can apply. 

  1. Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships (high school seniors and independent/non-traditional studies students applying to enroll in college/university)
  2. Emerging Talent Awards (high school juniors)

Our Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships recognize outstanding achievement and encourage promising academic advancement. These scholarships aim to help foster a diverse and flourishing arts community. Multiple scholarships up to $2,500 will be awarded to high school seniors enrolled in K-12 traditional education settings as well as students enrolled in non-traditional settings i.e. home school, within and peripheral to Beaverton School District boundaries (i.e. Catlin Gabel). 

Our Emerging Talent Awards are non-monetary awards given to one high school junior per each high school in Beaverton School District. These awards recognize the growth and potential of these individuals and will serve to acknowledge their accomplishments in advance of their college/university applications. 

We encourage all eligible students to apply.*

The City of Beaverton Arts Program will be awarding young artists and outstanding achievements in two categories for each award program:

  1. Visual Arts, which includes traditional 2D and 3D media, graphic design, video and film, and digital arts/media, etc.
  2. Performing Arts, which includes music, dance, theater, improv/comedy, tech crew (studio recording and production), stage crew (lighting, sound, rigging), etc. 

*Please note: Students that take a year off in-between high school and college forfeit their scholarship, unless they can provide proof of enrollment in coursework that supports their field of study.

Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships
High school, Running Start, non-traditional and homeschooled students must currently be in their senior year or academic equivalent and must attend a public, private, or alternative high school within and peripheral to Beaverton School District boundaries. There is no age limit for these scholarships, but applicants must be living within Beaverton School District boundaries or have attended a public, private, charter or alternative high school within Beaverton School District boundaries. Visual arts applicants will be required to submit (3) .jpg files of their work and performing arts applicants will be required to submit video links that total 7-10 minutes in length. A letter of recommendation from a visual art or performing art instructor, guidance counselor or mentor must be attached to the application. 

Emerging Talent Awards
High school, Running Start, non-traditional and homeschooled students must currently be in their junior year or academic equivalent and must attend a public, private, charter or alternative high school within and peripheral to Beaverton School District boundaries. There is no age limit for these scholarships, but applicants must be living within Beaverton School District boundaries or have attended a public, private, charter or alternative high school within Beaverton School District boundaries. Visual arts applicants will be required to submit (3) .jpg files of their work and performing arts applicants will be required to submit video links that total 7-10 minutes in length. A letter of recommendation from a visual art or performing art instructor must be attached to the application. 

Evaluation
A panel comprised of City of Beaverton staff, Arts Commissioners, arts education professionals and former award recipients will review and evaluate applications and make recommendations for award recipients. These awards will be formally offered, and students will be recognized, at a public event on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Please note that each applicant’s free response section will be evaluated and weighted evenly to submitted work samples. 

For questions about the guidelines or application, contact Kourtnee Buechner, Arts Program Grants and Operations Specialist, at kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov.

CALL TO CHOREOGRAPHERS / DANCERS | TEN TINY DANCES™ 2023

The City of Beaverton Arts Program is seeking proposals from choreographers/dance performers to create and perform a dance as part of Ten Tiny Dances™ (TTD) on Saturday, July 8, 2023.

As an annual event since 2009, Beaverton TTD is an opportunity to present both contemporary and traditional dance, to publicly highlight the rich mix of cultures in Beaverton, and to expose audience members to culturally diverse performances.

The event presents both contemporary and traditional/ethnic dancers on 4’ x 4’ stages in non-traditional/unexpected outdoor locations. The format offers applicants the opportunity to explore the concept of creative limitation, and the small stage also positions dancers in very close contact with the audience. Artists are offered the opportunity to create site specific performances. The Arts Program actively promotes the event, and audiences has been large, and receptive.

To view a three-minute video of last year’s performances visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TTD

Click here for the 2023 Performer’s day of event schedule

The City of Beaverton cares about the health and safety of its residents, employees, and performers and reserves the right to impose public health related measures at city events.

ENTRANT’S CALENDAR 2023

THU, JAN 12    Call to artist opens online 

THU, MAR 23  Deadline for artists to apply electronically, by 5 PM, PST

EARLY MAY    Artists MUST attend one (1) informational meeting, time TBD

SAT, JUL 8      Attend orientation and rehearsal

SAT, JUL 8      TTD event performance

ARTISTIC CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • Use of 4’ x 4’ stage
  • Dance should be between three to eight minutes in length
  • Audience will be close to performers and may be on three or four sides
  • Concept of creative limitation due to the “tiny” stage and the close proximity to the audience
  • Stage location: each year we are intentional about choosing where we produce this event. In 2023, all performances will be held on one stage located at The Round amphitheater near City Hall at 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton.
  • If your proposal includes a traditional/ethnic form of dance, please exercise discretion and care to not misappropriate or misrepresent
  • Creativity, including use of the tiny stage, is highly encouraged
  • Applicants must make sure that the dance is well-suited to the tiny 4’x4’ outdoor stage in-the-round
  • Each of the 10 dances will be presented one time during the performance
  • Music level is difficult to control in outdoor spaces and there may be ambient noise bleed from the Max train
  • Dancers are encouraged to surprise, delight, or challenge the audience, but they must be family-friendly and appropriate for outdoor, public audiences.
  • Dances can use more than one performer as well as recorded or live music, depending on preference

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA

A selection panel will review submissions from applicants and make recommendations to the Program Coordinator and Artistic Director. We are specifically looking for the following:

  • Strength of artistic work
  • Artists interested in the concept of creative limitation/constraint due to the tiny 4’x4’ stage and surrounding space, and who are eager to work with the artistic challenges listed above (see artistic challenges and opportunities above)
  • Artists representing a range of artistic styles
  • Artists who demonstrate clear vision, artistic innovation, and artistic rigor
  • Artists representing either contemporary, traditional, or ethnic forms of dance

Ten choreographers/dancers will be selected representing traditional, ethnic, and contemporary styles. We encourage proposals from artist’s that draw from contemporary, traditional, or ethnic backgrounds and dance forms, and collaborations between choreographers, performers, and musicians.

COMPENSATION AND ARTIST REQUIREMENTS

  • Each performance group will receive no less than $2,000. We are exploring a more equitable sliding scale payment structure based on the number of performers in a group. This amount may increase but is contingent upon budget approval in late Spring.
  • No additional funds are available for travel, musicians, etc. You decide how to allocate the funds.

CHOREOGRAPHERS AND PERFORMERS MUST:

  • Attend the site-visit orientation in May (exact date and time TBA)
  • Attend the event orientation on Saturday, July 8, in the morning at 10am
  • Attend the rehearsal following the orientation Saturday morning, and remember to bring music if you haven’t already sent it to the sound vendor
  • Perform dance on Saturday, July 8, at 5 pm
  • Participate in a facilitated talk-back (dialogue) session with audience members following the event on Saturday
  • Choreographers and performers will receive the full fee only if they participate in these five required activities:
  1. May site visit/orientation (date/time TBD)
  2. Orientation day of event
  3. Rehearsal day of event
  4. The event
  5. The talk-back right after the performances on Saturday

Click here for the 2023 Performer’s day of event schedule

Application information on the next page

TO APPLY:

DEADLINE to apply is Thursday, March 23 2023, 5 PM, PST

  • Written description of your 3–8-minute dance piece. Please provide a clear description of the concepts and the dance/performance forms you will use
  • Description can be no more than 250 words
  • Include how you would categorize/classify your dance style
  • Resume/vita, no longer than 2 pages, in pdf format attached to your online application
  • Link to webpage showing video of your previous choreography and performance
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify exactly which 3–5-minute segment(s) of the web link the selection panel should watch. The review panel will not be able to watch more than the 3–5-minute section(s)
  • The selection committee finds it very helpful if the web link contains work that was done in a confined space, on a small stage, or if a 4’ x 4’ square is taped on to the floor representing the stage size

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

We are looking forward to receiving materials from a variety of qualified contemporary, traditional and ethnic choreographers/dancers. We do not want this application process to be a barrier to qualified applicants applying (i.e., those with limited English skills, speech, reading or hearing disabilities, etc.). If you are interested and need assistance, please contact us.

Please do not hesitate to email (artsmail@BeavertonOregon.gov) or call (503-350-4000)

if you have questions or need assistance.