Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Facility Grant




In response to COVID-19, all City departments, including the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), are shifting and focusing our work and efforts toward supporting our community with relief and recovery efforts. So that we may be as responsive to the needs of our community as possible, this program is currently on pause. For available opportunities, please visit COVID-19: Resources for CommunityCOVID-19 Handbook for Creative Industries and Artist Trust.

The LHPAI Facility Grant aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle. The LHPAI Facility Grant seeks to celebrate, nurture, present and preserve African American and Diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies.

The LHPAI Facility Grant provides in-kind support for public projects, opportunities or events presented by individuals, groups, organizations or communities. The grant takes the form of up to 40 hours of staffed building use for a public arts or cultural event at LHPAI. The LHPAI Facility Grant consists solely of facility use and staff time.

There is no monetary investment associated with the grant.


  • Individuals, organizations, communities or groups of people - including youth and older adults - seeking support for a unique public project, opportunity or event involving African American and Diaspora arts and culture may apply.

  • Only events open to the public may receive the LHPAI Facility Grant. Private events are ineligible. Public events may still charge an entrance fee for their events.

  • Organizations — arts and culture and others — are NOT required to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status


LHPAI Facility Grant projects must address one or more of the following:

  • Audience Expansion: Project serves/reaches underserved artists, communities or distinct audience. The project expands or diversifies the audiences who participate in arts and cultural activities in Seattle.

  • LHPAI Goals: This is a project that celebrates, nurtures, presents and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts and cultural legacies.

  • Community Impact: The project addresses a community need. This project builds community through arts and culture.

Selection Criteria

  • Public Access: Projects must have a strong public access element and effective outreach strategy to reach the intended audience.

  • Artistic Potential: Provide at least one written, image or video sample that exhibits the potential for artistic quality or development for the artists or organizations involved. Supporting material can include but are not limited to: pictures, videos, excerpts of previous works or works in progress, letters of recommendation, etc.

  • Feasibility: ability to carry out project; well thought-out plan; realistic budget and timeline.


Up to 40 hours of staffed event time at LHPAI may be granted through this application. Your application may be approved for less than 100% of your requested time. If your application is not approved in full, we will provide you with an estimate of the facilities costs beyond the time you are granted so you can decide how you want to move forward.

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