Grants to Arts and Culture Organizations

Community Orchestra Plays at Percival Landing

Arts and Culture Grants

The Grants to Arts & Culture Organization program funds projects that provide equitable access to the arts for all Olympians. The program goal is to expand citizen involvement with the arts, engage underserved populations, and promote the interests of the broader Olympia community.

2020 grant recipients

Olympia Symphony

Free, outdoor concert at Heritage Park on July 26, 2020, celebrating Beethoven's 250th "birthday." Associated events include "Beat Beethoven 5K" Fun Run, music collaboration with the Bridge Music Project, and free "instrument petting zoo" for curious attendees.

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Activating the Black Box as an independent artist incubator, the Washington Center will offer four one-week opportunities to use the Black Box Theater at 100% rent subsidy, reducing impediments to independent artists in their creative making process, especially the cost of rental.

Northwest Playrights Alliance

The Hotel Olympian 100th Anniversary Birthday Bash is site-specific theatrical recreation of the July 1920 opening day festivities for the Hotel Olympian. The Play will feature a small orchestra in the ballroom, pre-show guided tours (also offered in 1920) and a love story theme featuring some of the major players of Olympia's past.

Ballet Northwest

In honor of Ballet Northwest's Anniversary, they are producing five world premiere dances set to famous orchestral works with live accompaniment by members of the Olympia Symphony. 200 free tickets will be distributed to low-income and at-risk families as well as a free matinee performance for students and teachers from regional elementary schools.

In 2019, the $20,000 in available grants was split among seven arts organizations to fund the following programs:

  • Olympia Artspace Alliance: Create a series of art installations in vacant storefront windows in downtown Olympia.
  • Olympia Film Collective: Support a short film project developed, written and produced by Inter-Tribal Youth reflecting life ways and cultures of the Coast Salish people.
  • Arbutus Folk School: Assist in socially engaged art activities that bring art to those in Olympia with the least access to it, specifically foster or homeless youth and people living in homeless camps.
  • The Bridge Music Project: Sponsor an eight week songwriting workshop for at-risk youth, culminating in a performance showcase for the community at large.
  • Olympia Family Theater: Provide tickets and free admission for theater experiences for the youngest members of our community, ages 0-5, directly to agencies that serve the underserved.
  • Animal Fire Theater: Assist in capital investment in portable set equipment for free, annual performances of Shakespeare in the Park.
  • Hummingbird Studio: Support growth and expansion (from one to two days) of a free, inclusive community art program, welcome to all but specifically serving individuals with disabilities, their caregivers and families (as shown above).


Contact Stephanie Johnson at or 360.709.2678