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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City seeks curator to program temporary artworks at new City Light facility site

1/8/2013  3:00:00 PM

City seeks curator to program temporary artworks at new City Light facility site
Selected curator will develop and manage temporary arts programming for proposed Denny Substation in South Lake Union

SEATTLE — The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle City Light (SCL), seeks a multi-disciplinary art curator or curator team to develop and manage temporary arts programming at the future site of SCL's proposed Denny Substation in Seattle's Cascade neighborhood. The substation will serve electrical power needs in South Lake Union and north downtown and provide added capacity for the Denny Triangle and First Hill areas. The substation site is between Denny Way, John Street, and Minor and Yale avenues.

The curator will develop and manage a series of free and open public events and artworks at the future substation's site starting in November 2013, before construction begins, and lasting up to 18 months. The city anticipates breaking ground for construction of the substation during the second quarter of 2015. Artwork programming should celebrate the new substation with artworks that evoke the vibrancy of the city, community values and the public-service mission of City Light. Artworks should be multi-disciplinary and could include performances, video, film, dance, music, and sound. The curator will be required to create an ongoing temporary visual artwork presence at the substation site that complements other artwork programming.

The curator will be selected in April 2013 to begin planning work. The call is open to established professional curators residing in Washington or Oregon. Applications are due 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 (Pacific Standard Time). Go to for a link to the online application.

The total budget for the project is $200,000, inclusive of all taxes, fees, travel, permits, etc. The selected curator will receive a fee of $40,000, and will have an artwork programming budget of $160,000. The project is made possible with SCL 1% for Art funds administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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