Calls for Artists

Seattle Asian Art Museum Call for Curators

Seattle Asian Art Museum exterior
Photo courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Art Museum (SAM), is seeking a multi-disciplinary art curator/curator team to develop, manage and coordinate temporary art programming for the reopening of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. The curator/curator team will work with ARTS and SAM to develop a series of free events, performance-based art (featured inside the museum and/or outside in the park) and temporary public art (featured outside in the park only) starting November 2019 and occurring intermittently for nine months following the reopening of the museum. 

Eligibility

This call is open to curators/artists residing in Washington State. Employees of SAM or ARTS are not eligible for this opportunity.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection and programming. Artists whose work is well represented in the city's programs are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process.

Budget

The total budget for the project is $120,000 inclusive of all taxes, fees, travel, permits, etc. The selected curator/curator team will receive a curatorial and management fee of $25,000 and will have a programming budget of $95,000. The project funding is through 1% for Art Funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.

Deadline

Thursday, March 14, 2019; 10:59 p.m. Pacific.

Application

Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, email CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Maija McKnight.

Maija McKnight

Maija McKnight

Project Manager

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maija.mcknight@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7311

The Public Art Program welcomes Maija McKnight as its newest project manager. Maija has worked in the arts field for more than 15 years including serving as the Arts Coordinator for the City of Auburn, Washington and within the education departments of Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Asian Art Museum. With an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University and a masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, this former Montanan enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and making things out of metal in her studio.

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway Centerpiece Artwork

Rednering of plaza looking North to vent tower south wall
Rendering of plaza looking North to vent tower south wall

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway, seeks an artist/artist team to create a durable and permanent public work of art to be sited in a transit-oriented development (TOD) on Capitol Hill at Broadway and John streets.

The AMP Centerpiece Artwork will provide a physical place for remembrance and reflection, and a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination. The artwork will be sited adjacent to a tower wall approximately 40' high and 30' wide, located at the north end of the TOD plaza. The tower wall serves as a backdrop to a central community space and will be flanked by several new multi-story residential buildings that are under construction now.

See renderings of the site. And make sure to read the full call for all of the details.

Eligibility

This call is open to professional artists around the world.

The Seattle 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 selected artist/artist team will receive a commission of $300,000 USD to design, fabricate, and install the artwork. This amount is inclusive of all travel, taxes, and other expenses. The project contractor will provide additional in-kind engineering and construction support to the artist(s), to be coordinated once under contract.

Deadline

Tuesday, March 19, 2019; 10:59 p.m. Pacific. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 10:59 p.m. deadline will not be accepted.

Workshop

We strongly encourage you to participate via webinar in an information session, especially if you are a first-time applicant. Staff from ARTS and The AMP will share more information about the project and will review steps of the CaFÉ application.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m. Pacfic

If you are interested in participating in this online workshop, RSVP via email with "Add me to the online workshop" in the subject line to kristen.ramirez@seattle.gov by February 22, 2019.

Application

Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, email CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific.

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For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Kristen Ramirez.

Kristen Ramirez

Kristen Ramirez

Seattle Department of Transportation Art & Enhancements Project Manager

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kristen.ramirez@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1095

As Art & Enhancements Project Manager, Kristen Ramirez works between the Office of Arts and Culture and SDOT (Department of Transportation) managing public art projects and working to activate our streets with art. Prior to joining the Office, Kristen worked for ten years as faculty and staff at Cornish College of the Arts. A long-time teacher, Kristen has also taught at the University of Washington, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Edmonds Community College, and Path with Art, a non-profit that serves adults in recovery. Kristen is also a busy studio and public artist, whose work conjures an affection for place by appropriating signs and symbols of commerce. Kristen earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, a MA in Education from San Francisco State University, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. When not engaged in the arts, Kristen loves paddling her canoe on the Duwamish River, cooking, outdoor adventures of many stripes, and being a mom to her son.

2019 Youth Arts Grant

Two teens make jewelry at Pratt. Photo by Jennifer Bernardez.
Photo by Jennifer Bernardez

Youth Arts grants support equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle's Middle- and High School-aged youth. Programs occur outside of school hours and are led by experienced teaching artists working in communities to increase arts and cultural opportunities for young people from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.  

Data shows that the greatest disparities between young people who have access to arts education and those who don't are based on race, socio economics, home language and disabilities. As with all of our Creative Youth Programs, Youth Arts prioritizes programs serving young people within these demographics.

Eligibility

Individual teaching artists, art and cultural organizations, youth-service agencies, and degree-granting institutions are eligible to apply. Projects must take place between September 2019 - August 2020 and September 2020 - August 2021 and must take place within Seattle.

Funding

Recipients will receive a total of $12,000 distributed over two (2) years of Youth Arts funding support (for programs in 2019-20 and 2020-21). $6,000 is available each year to support project expenses.

Deadline

Tuesday, March 26, 2019; 10:59 p.m. Pacific.

Workshops

Get insider tips on how to submit a strong application. A workshop and draft review will be held:

Program Overview Workshop
Saturday, February 16, 2019; 11:30-1 p.m.
Green Lake Library
7364 East Green Lake Dr. N
Seattle, WA 98115
RSVP here

Friday, February 22, 2019; 5:30-7p.m.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
RSVP here

Draft Review
Tuesday, March 5, 2019; 5:30-7p.m.
University Library
5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
RSVP here

Friday, March 15, 2019; 5:30-7p.m.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
RSVP here

Application

Find the guidelines and a link to apply via Seattle GOSmart on the Youth Arts Grants page.

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For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Kristi Woo.

Kristi Woo

Kristi Woo

Youth Funding Project Manager

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kristi.woo@seattle.gov
(206) 727-8671

Kristi serves as ARTS' Youth Funding Project Manager and has a passion for cultural preservation, youth empowerment and community advocacy. Kristi is a former Arts Education Manager of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Education Manager for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Her innovation in bridge-building amongst schools, families and artists along with advocacy in underserved communities around arts education is well respected. She has worked and volunteered with pluralistic communities in Seattle's Rainier Valley, Chinatown International District and Central Area neighborhoods for more than 20 years.

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster

Hollow Earth, photo by Jenny Crooks
Photo of Hollow Earth Radio by Jenny Crooks

In collaboration with Seattle Public Schools, we maintain an Arts Partner Roster of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations for The Creative Advantage, Seattle's citywide arts education initiative. The roster is a resource for schools seeking partners to meet their education and community goals. The application is open on an annual basis for new arts partners to apply.

Eligibility

Open to teaching artists, community arts organizations and cultural institutions serving students in Seattle.

Deadline

Wednesday, March 13, 2019; 11:00 p.m. Pacific.

Workshops

Wednesday, February 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
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Wednesday, February 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Green Lake Public Library
7364 E. Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115
RSVP here

Application

Find the guidelines and a link to apply on The Creative Advantage website.

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For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Creative Youth Project Manager, Tina LaPadula.

Tina LaPadula

Tina LaPadula

Creative Youth Project Manager

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tina.lapadula@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1879

Tina LaPadula is an East coast transplant and warrior for equitable art making and learning opportunities. For more than 15 years she poured most of her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award winning arts and social justice nonprofit she helped found. She has collaborated with The Frye Museum, The Museum of History and Industry and Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival to curate exhibitions and events that elevate the art and perspectives of young people. As a teaching artist, Tina has taught for Centrum Arts, Seattle Children's Theatre, The University of Washington, and in a multitude of schools and afterschool programs. She has served as a consultant to many cultural organizations facilitating workshops on racial justice and the arts. Tina supports the growth and development of teaching artists locally and nationally, most notably as the founder of the Seattle Teaching Artist Network, as a faculty member for the WA State Teaching Artist Training Lab, as the former chair of the Association of Teaching Artists and on the national advisory team for the Teaching Artist Guild. Her writing and opinions have been featured by Americans for the Arts and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

2019-2021 Seattle Civic Poet

Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee Tolbert. Photo by Marcus Donner.
Photo of Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee Tolbert by Marcus Donner

In partnership, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Seattle Public Library supports an experienced poet with a two-year City residency as literary ambassador. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the City, the public and other artists, while celebrating the literary arts.

Eligibility

This call is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works, reading/spoken word and project planning experience with skills in racial equity practices. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US and show commitment to this commission purpose and strong relationship to Seattle. The compensation for the two-year Civic Poet commission is $10,000. Funding is allocated at $5,000 per year. It compensates time for writing, administration, performances, event costs, materials, travel, fees, taxes and other project-related costs.

Deadline

Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 10:59 p.m. Pacific.

Workshops

Saturday, February 16, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Seattle Public Library - Columbia City Branch, map it
4721 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Washington 98118
RSVP to Project Manager, Irene Gómez at irene.gomez@seattle.gov 

Learn what makes a strong application. The session will cover specifics on eligibility, and how to apply. All applicants are encouraged to attend.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a peer review panel. Panel represents poets, administrators of literary organizations, and/or literary scholars/faculty members. The review is a two-part process that includes interviews with finalists.

Application

Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, email CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific.

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For questions about the program or for help with the online application please contact Project Manager, Irene Gómez.

Irene Gómez

Irene Gómez

Project Manager

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irene.gomez@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7310

Irene administers ARTISTS UP and CityArtists Projects funding programs in addition to related technical support. She's an active member of the city's Race & Social Justice Initiative Change Team and volunteers on several boards and committees of a community foundation, artist collectives and heritage organizations. Film, travel, friends and being parent of an emerging media artist balance interests outside of work.


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