Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Facility Grant

Applications for the Langston Hughes Performing Institute Facility Grant are currently on pause.

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The LHPAI Facility Grant aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a 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 building use for a public arts or cultural event at LHPAI. The LHPAI Facility Grant consists solely of facility use. Awarded grantees will be required to pay for staff time.

There is no monetary investment associated with this 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: The project serves/reaches underserved artists, communities, or distinct audiences. 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 an 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 is not limited to pictures, videos, excerpts of previous works or works in progress, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Feasibility: ability to carry out the project; well-thought-out plan; realistic budget and timeline.


Up to 40 hours of 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 facility's costs beyond the time you are granted so you can decide how you want to move forward.

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The Office of Arts & Culture promotes the value of arts and culture in, and of, communities throughout Seattle. It strives to ensure that a wide range of high-quality artistic experiences are available to everyone, encourage artist-friendly arts and cultural policy.