Artist rendering od streetcar station, courtesy of GGN.
Artist rendering od streetcar station, courtesy of GGN.

Center City Connector Project

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-specific, permanent artworks for four (4) streetcar platform stations for the future Center City Connector Streetcar. The successful artwork will celebrate a sense of place, promote wayfinding, and create a visual identity for the Center City Connector. The selected artist(s) will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction of the new streetcar line. 

Information
Kristen Ramirez
Public Art Project Manager
Kristen Ramirez

Application

Online application and guidelines available here.

Deadline

11 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (Pacific Standard Time).
0 days left to apply

Eligibility

This is a national call open to professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Artists with no prior public art experience are not eligible to apply. The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well-represented in the city's collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply.

Budget

The total artwork project budget is estimated to be $250,000. The total project budget is all inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs. Contracting will be done in two phases: design and engineering for $38,000 and fabrication and installation for $212,000. Current Washington state sales/use tax rates apply to all artist contracts issued during the project, regardless of where the artist resides (for out-of-state residents, use taxes are deducted from the above stated amounts and remitted directly to the state).

Scope of Work

The artist(s) will work with project design consultants, SDOT, community representatives and ARTS to develop permanent public artwork(s) for the Center City Connector. Working closely with the SDOT design team and consultants, the commissioned artist will develop serial or episodic artworks for the streetcar stops. The stations are located at Stewart St. & 2nd/3rd Ave., Pike St. & 1stAve., Madison St. & 1st Ave. and Pioneer Square. The successful artwork will promote discovery from station to station, and utilize durable and lasting materials. Exact site locations shall be determined through collaboration and coordination with the project team. The selected artist will consider the history, multiple uses, and busy right-of-way along this corridor to design and implement site-responsive artwork(s). Site considerations for the 12' wide station stops include creating work that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, while coexisting with other objects in the right-of-way, including garbage/recycling containers, ticket machines, ticket readers, trees and landscaping, and the streetcar shelter. Possible artwork directions include inlays of metal, terrazzo, tile, or other durable materials, small sculptural gestures, or creative elements that are integrated into the infrastructure of the station platforms. Artwork may also be integrated in station railings, project poles, or in adjacent city property at the Westlake, Stewart, and Pike Stations.

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Calls for Artists

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Grants/Funding

CityArtist Projects grant
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years.
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

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Ethnic Artist Roster
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Grants

Youth Arts grant
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Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.
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Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
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Civic Partners grant
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Cultural Facilities Fund
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LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
This grant in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funded arts, cultural and community organizations providing programming that linked arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old. This program will not have an open application cycle in 2017.
Youth Arts grant
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Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Arts in Parks Program
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.
LHPAI Facility Grant
Aims to create community impact by broadening arts and culture participation at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, an historic landmark cultural facility in the heart of the Central Area neighborhood of Seattle.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
This grant in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funded arts, cultural and community organizations providing programming that linked arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old. This program will not have an open application cycle in 2017.

Cultural Space

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