Arts Incubator Grant

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Arts Incubator Grant

This residency aims to facilitate the risk-taking of the allied arts. The goal of this program is to support artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their genre, discipline, or comfort zone.

Statement from the Director

This marks our tenth anniversary of the Arts Incubator Program! It has been a thrill to watch this program grow and provide opportunities for local artists to experiment without the constraints of finishing. All too often we as artists get tied to a deadline or outcome, when sometimes all we need is space to explore ideas, and fail. Thanks to our past artists who lent us feedback we are excited to share that for our anniversary we will have three slots each four weeks long, marking our longest residency period ever!

I look forward to engaging in the energy brought on by artists trying new processes and the crossing of art disciplines as our founder Miss Aunt Nellie started over 108 years ago.  - PInky Estell, Director of Creative Spaces & Event Services

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Cornish Arts Incubator Residency

The intention of Arts Incubator is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the program seeks to give artists time and space to incubate and begin to develop an idea, concept, or exploration. Four groups will be selected to participate in a two-week residency. 

They will receive free rental space at the Alhadeff Studio Theater to incubate new and exciting ideas.

"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."

Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center

Cornish Playhouse’s Public Benefit

The program is part of Cornish Playhouse’s public benefit to the Seattle community. 

The Arts Incubator Program is open to anyone over the age of 18, including professional and non-professional artists, teachers, ensembles and groups, students, Cornish community, and those outside the Cornish community. The artists must be Washington State residents. 

Each artist group must have a minimum of two artists but no more than five artists. You may have as many remote virtual members of your team, in addition to the two to five in-person members.