City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   City of Seattle and King County launch free smartphone app for public art
9/18/2013  3:00:00 PM

City of Seattle and King County launch free smartphone app for public art
New Downtown Seattle public art maps available

SEATTLE — The City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture and 4Culture, King County's Cultural Services Agency, have partnered on two public art information sources: a free public art app called STQRY (pronounced "story"), and a printed guide to nearly 200 works in the Downtown core. The app uses geolocation to allow people to find new works of art near them and learn more about the artworks than plaques are often able to convey. The new printed map is available at 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture offices, Seattle's Convention & Visitors Bureau, parks and libraries, and the PDF is available via download. A QR code is included in the map to easily download the new app, and QR code signage is being rolled out for artworks throughout the county.

The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 operating systems for free, and features a GPS-enabled map that allows users to locate works of art near them, as well as a QR code reader (hence the "qr" in STQRY) that directs users to more information about particular pieces of art. Information includes history, artist statement, historic images and even video and audio when available. Content from the app is also available for desktop browsing via

"Seattle has a wealth of fantastic public art, but many people don't know much about the works. This app provides that background information in a free, easy format." said Office of Arts & Culture director Randy Engstrom. "We're thrilled to be partnering on this project," added 4Culture director Jim Kelly. "It's always good when we're able to provide resources to the public for free and encourage appreciation of the artists living and working in our city."

Seattle and King County are currently collaborating on a Downtown Seattle walking tour on the STQRY platform that they hope to roll out this fall. The app is currently being used by a number of regional cities including Auburn, Bellevue, Enumclaw, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Tukwila, and Renton History Museum as well as ArtsWA, (Washington state's public art collection). There are currently several hundred arts and civic projects loaded into the app, with more being added all the time.

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work.
We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

4Culture | Advancing Community Through Culture
4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.

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