a youth class at Kirkland Art Center

Sparking Creativity

SPARK CREATIVITY/Arts Scholarships for Kids is a 2023 campaign organized by the Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation (KPCF) in partnership with Kirkland Arts Center, KAMP Music, and Studio East. Donors to the Spark Creativity campaign contributed to a scholarship fund that widens access to arts education and experiences for all youth in our community.

As Jonathan Heuer, KPCF President explained, “this was a great opportunity to make arts education more accessible in Kirkland. It’s an exciting way to spark creativity throughout our community, and to pull in more kids for a variety of programs including music, visual arts, and theater.”

KPCF orchestrated the campaign in partnership with Kirkland Arts Center, KAMP Music, and Studio East Performing Arts. Together these four local organizations span the full spectrum of artistic exploration including visual arts, music, dance, and theater.

According to Laura Allen, KAMP Executive Director, “By participating in the Spark Creativity campaign, KAMP significantly increased our scholarship opportunities. We are always excited to be able to expand access to our programming, so that any family, regardless of their financial situation, can send their child to one of our programs.”


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Spark Creativity Campaign?

The Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation’s Spark Creativity campaign raised funds for arts scholarships for kids in Kirkland to participate in local arts programs. All Kirkland children should be able to participate in high quality arts programming regardless of their ability to pay.

Who does this campaign benefit?

Kirkland youth are eligible to apply for scholarships to participating organizations including: KAMP (aka Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance), Studio East, and Kirkland Arts Center. All children should have access to high quality arts programming regardless of ability to pay. Do you know of a non-profit arts organization that might be interested in campaigns like this? Please tell us about them.

Is there a need in Kirkland for scholarships?

Despite the general perceptions of Kirkland, the reality is that there are many local children whose families cannot afford to attend arts programs in the community without scholarship dollars. Contributions dramatically expand the opportunities for more kids to spark their creativity through art.

About Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance (KAMP)

KAMP’s mission is to connect and build community through music and performance. KAMP Music is a nonprofit providing music education and performance experiences to artists and audiences of all ages and abilities in Kirkland WA and neighboring communities. Here’s information on KAMP’s summer programming. For scholarship inquiries email laura@kampmusic.org

About Kirkland Arts Center

Kirkland Arts Center unleashes the power of art to ignite individual growth and self-expression, build community spirit, and cultivate cultural vibrancy. Kirkland Arts Center invites openness, curiosity, and risk-taking, encouraging students of all ages and abilities to engage in arts experiences, so they can grow as individuals and be part of a community. Here’s information on Kirkland Arts Center Scholarship opportunities.

About Studio East

Studio East Training for the Performing Arts (Studio East) is proud to provide theater arts education and opportunities for children in Kirkland, WA and surrounding communities. Studio East works to create confident, compassionate, responsible young people through training in the art and craft of theater. Studio East provides best-in-class theater education, performance skills and audience opportunities to inspire, train and entertain young people through engagement in the art and craft of theater. Here’s information on Studio East summer programs and scholarships.

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