Current Calls and Funding

Little Saigon Park Art Project

People hanging a Little Saigon sign onto a pole.
Historic photo of Little Saigon

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), is seeking an artist or artist/artist team* to design, fabricate and install site-integrated outdoor artwork for the park in the Little Saigon neighborhood. The selected artist/artist team will be asked to create a permanent artwork that honors the history, cultures, and current experience of the communities that live nearby. The artist/artist team will work with ARTS, SPR, and community engagement partners that include: The Little Saigon Park Advisory Committee led by Friends of Little Saigon and Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDPDA), that consists of about 18 representatives from the community, plus additional organizations.

*Artist teams will be limited to two (2) members.



This call is open to all artists living or working in Washington State who have a connection/relationship to the Chinatown| International District community in Seattle. Relevance of the applicant's letter of interest and demonstrated connection/relationship to the Little Saigon and/or Chinatown | International District is considered. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Please see the full call on CaFÉ.


The selected artist will receive a commission of $100,000.00 (including all Washington State Sales/Use Tax), to design, fabricate, and install the artwork, and includes any travel costs.


10:59 p.m. Pacific, Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Please allow ample time to complete your application. Do not wait until the last minute. Applications submitted after the 10:59 p.m. deadline will not be accepted.


We are offering free, optional workshops that will provide some general information about the Little Saigon Park project and the CaFÉ online application system. We strongly encourage you to attend the workshop, especially if you are a first-time applicant.

ARTS staff will share more information about the Park plans and a Parks Project Manager will be present to answer questions. We will review steps of the CaFÉ application.

If you need an interpreter at the workshop in Cantonese, Mandarin, or Vietnamese, please notify us at least 4 days in advance of the workshop.

Webinar Workshop

View the webinar workshop that was held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

In-person Workshops

Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time:  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Deadline to request interpreter: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Nisei Veteran's Committee Memorial Hall
1212 South King Street
Seattle, WA  98144

Please RSVP HERE to reserve your place for the August 3rd workshop. An RSVP is requested but not mandatory, having your name will help us with planning and any updates.

Monday, August 12, 2019
Time:  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Deadline to request interpreter: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
ARTS at King Street Station
303 South Jackson Street
Top floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Please RSVP HERE to reserve your place for the August 12th workshop. An RSVP is requested but not mandatory, having your name will help us with planning and any updates.


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 Marcia Iwasaki.

Marcia Iwasaki

Marcia Iwasaki

Project Manager

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(206) 233-3946

Marcia enjoys helping artists and communities realize their artistic vision and projects. She is the only staff member who has worked on both Public Art and Cultural Partnerships teams, working with artists in public art as well as music, dance, theater, film and literary arts. Her projects range from modest, ephemeral events to hefty-scaled, permanent public art, like the Joint Fire Fighter and Seattle Public Utility training campus.Marcia's enthusiasm for the arts is infectious, with more than 20 years with the office, preceded by teaching art at a small Native American school in Montana, working at the Boston Children's Museum, and co-founding the Boston Dragon Boat Festival (now in its 34th year!). She was raised on a family farm in Oregon and enjoys travel, gardening and new recipes.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

You are invited to DO SOMETHING at ARTS at King Street Station - a cultural space that celebrates the creativity of communities of color, and that reflects and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

We are seeking proposals for exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, readings, screenings, gatherings, events, and more. You do not need to live in Seattle, and you do not need to be a professional artist to apply. All creative mediums are welcome - visual arts, design, literary, music, dance, and more. Apply any time with our rolling deadline. All selected proposals are resourced, with support ranging from in-kind staffing and space, up to $25,000, depending on scale and type.

The selection criteria used by our Advisory panel are listed in the application Guidelines, so make sure to read them. 



  • 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 Second Wednesday and Saturday of each month EXCEPT December. We are here to support your application and provide guidance. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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

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