Central Waterfront Tribal Art Project

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is seeking applications to create artwork that recognizes the tribal peoples of this region, and reflects the Coast Salish tribes that have a historic connection to this territory. This project is part of Waterfront Seattle, a large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with 20+ acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings. There are no preconceptions of what this artwork can be; the artist/artist team will investigate sites and develop a permanent artwork that acknowledges both the history and current presence of local tribes. The artwork could take the form of placemaking, sculptures, carvings, or site enhancements; it can be a singular element, a series of pieces, spaces for gathering and storytelling; and two or three dimensional.


The call is open to established professional artists residing in Washington State or British Columbia. Artists who have a historic and/or artistic connection to the tribal peoples of this region are strongly encouraged to apply.


If you need assistance with the CaFÉ application, please contact Sandy Esene in our office at sandy.esene@seattle.gov.

We are providing in-person assistance on Wednesday, January 21 in our offices. Please reserve a spot in advance by contacting Elisheba Johnson at Elisheba.johnson@seattle.gov.


One artist or artist team will be selected to receive a commission of $25,000 for initial design and concept work. Upon approval of the design, the artist/artist team will be contracted for fabrication and installation for $225,000 inclusive of all fees, taxes, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel and additional site work if necessary to accommodate artwork.


11 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time).



Click here to apply on CaFÉ.


If you have already submitted an application but need to make an adjustment or if you have questions about the call for artists in general, please contact Ruri Yampolsky, public art director at ruri.yampolsky@seattle.gov or 206-684-7309.

The artwork is funded by Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds and is administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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