The Ellensburg Arts Commission supports artists, creators, innovators, and organizations throughout the community to create and enrich the performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts, and drive economic growth of the creative industry in Ellensburg. To successfully achieve its mission, the Ellensburg the Arts Commission focuses on four primary areas:
Project Grants Through its annual grant funding cycle, the 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.
First Friday Art Walk In order to engage the community in an interaction with the arts, the Commission organizes and supports the monthly First Friday Art Walk which gives local business owners the opportunity to showcase local artists in their stores and galleries in a fun and family-friendly event. Art Walk venues are free to display works by artists of their own choosing or may ask the Commission to recommend someone from the Commission’s artist roster.
City Art Collection & Public Art The Commission serves as curator for the City Art Collection. The collection are works of art that have been donated, purchased or are otherwise owned by the City of Ellensburg. In order to grow the collection, the Commission makes a purchase from each year’s Kittitas County Juried Art Show for inclusion in the permanent collection. You will find pieces of the City Art Collection on display in all City owned public buildings. Additionally, the Ellensburg Arts Commission reviews and supports all public art and serves and advisory role in maintenance and development of our Public Art Program for Ellensburg.
Ellensburg in one of nine cities and/or counties in the state of Washington to feature a Poet Laureate. The role of the Poet Laureate is to enhance the presence and appreciation of poetry and the literary arts in Ellensburg. The Poet Laureate will work with the Ellensburg Arts Commission (EAC) and other community organizations to raise awareness of poetry and the literary arts during their tenure. The Poet Laureate’s term of service is two years.