Calls for Artists

ARTS at King Street Station Portal

Lummi Blackhawk Singers, photo by Sunny Martini
Lummi BlackHawk Singers, photo by Sunny Martini

ARTS at King Street Station is a new cultural hub that promotes cultural participation, celebrates diversity, builds community connections, and enhances the visibility of artists of color. The Portal is a rolling application for exhibitions and events that will take place at ARTS at King Street Station.

The Portal accepts ideas and proposals for events, performances, and exhibitions which will be funded by the Office of Arts & Culture, which manages the space.


  • Individuals, artist teams, curator(s), or groups seeking support for a unique exhibition/art installation involving arts and culture.
  • People of all ages, especially youth and older adults, are encouraged to apply. Youth under 18 must include an adult contact.
  • Proposals that reflect emerging, established and mid-career work are welcome.


  • Mission may be focused on arts and culture or other areas.
  • Organizations are NOT required to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Grassroots or business organizations are welcome to apply.
  • For-profit and/or touring exhibitions are NOT eligible.


Applicants can request funding for the following set amounts:

  • Exhibitions - in-kind only, under $2,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000
  • Events - in-kind only, under $500, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000


Ongoing; there is no deadline. Applications are reviewed every three months by the King Street Station Advisors.

Application review and contracting take time. Please share your event proposals at least three months prior to the desired date, or your exhibition/installation application at least six months prior to the desired opening date. You will receive a response within 90 days.


For exhibitions and events, apply via this survey.


If you want to work on it offline, you can download the ARTS at King Street Station Portal application.

ARTS at King Street Station Portal Guidelines

ARTS at King Street Station Portal budget form

ARTS at King Street Station information packet:


For more information or help on your application, please contact King Street Station Program Lead, S Surface, or drop in during ARTS at King Street Station programming office hours: 11am-12:30pm on the Third Wednesday and Third Saturday of each month EXCEPT December.

S Surface

S Surface

King Street Station Program Lead

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(206) 256-5484

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of art, design and architecture, and the King Street Station Program Lead with ARTS. Previously, Surface was co-curator of The Alice, an artist-run exhibition space and writers' residency, and Out Of Sight 2017, a regional survey of Pacific Northwest artists. As Program Director at Design in Public, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated at the Center for Architecture & Design. Trained in graphic design, photography and entrepreneurship at Parsons School of Design, and with a M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture, research coordinator and editor with C-LAB, Volume Architectural Journal, and the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a teaching fellow in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Yale University. Surface served on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway Connection Artworks

Rendering of future Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway is community-driven and collaboratively funded and its goals are to use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection, to utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis, and to provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination. The guiding principles of The AMP are as follows:

  • Create places for remembrance and reflection
  • Convey a sense of Place-history + Memories + Community Values
  • Tell the stories of HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County
  • Provide a call to action: Advocacy, support, and education
  • Support racial equity, inclusivity, and universal accessibility
  • Ensure the continuation of The AMP Project

There are three major segments of The AMP, described in detail in the Master Art Plan, each focused on different emotional and symbolic aspects. These Connecting Artworks will extend through The AMP, and will include multiple pieces of art.

For more information about The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway and The AMP Master Art Plan visit The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway or read the Capitol Hill Transit Oriented Development (TOD) proposal (pdf).


This call is open to professional artists in the United States. Artists applying from outside the Seattle region should note the project will require regular on-site meetings with the project team. All travel costs will come out of the artist's budget.

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.


The selected artist/artist team will receive a commission of $220,000 to design, fabricate, and install the artwork. This amount shall be inclusive of all travel, taxes, and other expenses. The project contractor may provide additional in-kind engineering and construction support to the artist(s), to be coordinated once under contract.


Wednesday, May 1, 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.


Monday, April 15, 2019; 1 p.m Pacific.

If you are interested in participating in this online workshop, RSVP via email to by Friday, April 5, 2019.


The guidelines and a link to apply are on CaFÉ.


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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(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.

2019-2021 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.


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.


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


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 

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.


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.


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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(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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