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Seeking artists to develop art projects for vacant storefronts
Storefronts Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, seeks artists to develop art projects for vacant storefronts in various Seattle neighborhoods, including Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and Rainier Beach. The projects will be programmed in available spaces throughout 2012 and into 2013.

Storefronts Seattle is accepting applications in three tracks: Installation (two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new-media artworks); Artist Residency (meeting, rehearsal or studio space); and Creative Enterprise (retail art gallery, boutique, museum, etc.). Artists selected for the Installation track will receive $250 to $1,000 per installation. Participants in all tracks will receive the use of a retail storefront space at no cost for three months, with a possible extension in the Creative Enterprise track. All projects are subject to early cancellation with 30 days notice if the storefront leases during the project period.

This request for proposals is intended to create a roster of projects from which to program storefront spaces as they become available. Roster inclusion does not guarantee placement in the program. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will manage the application and roster selection process for Storefronts Seattle projects. Storefronts Seattle will pair artists with spaces they lease from property owners.

Launched as a pilot in September 2010, Storefronts Seattle promotes neighborhood vitality by bringing art and creative enterprise to available storefronts.

Eligibility: Open to all artists and arts groups.

Budget: $250 to $1,000 per temporary installation. Artist Residency and Creative Enterprise participants will receive the use of space at no cost for three months.

Deadline: 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Apply: Apply online for:
Storefronts Installation
Storefronts Artist Residency
Storefronts Creative Enterprise

Info: Matthew Richter, Storefronts Project Manager, (206) 905-1026

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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Image: LeDouxville, Jesse LeDoux, fall and winter 2011-2012 installation at 604 Second Ave in Pioneer Square. Photo courtesy of Storefronts Seattle.