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We Are Still Here - Public Art in the Central Area

Photo by Naomi Ishisaka of a Black woman placing her palm on a map of the Central Area and staring intently at it.

We are still here. Water is life and moves us through time, memory and our interconnected story. Our past has shaped the now and we are still here.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is seeking an artist/artist team to create a permanent artwork that honors the history and current experience of the Black, African American community in the Central Area (Central District) through the idea that water connects us to history, place and our freedom. The artist/artist team will work with ARTS, SPU, SDOT, and the community engagement team to develop a design for a two-dimensional artwork that will be reproduced by ARTS from high quality digital files into permanent, durable materials.

Please read the full call for more details.


The selected artist/artist team will receive a commission of $20,000 to design an artwork and to work with ARTS who will manage and implement the fabrication and installation of the artwork with oversight from the artist.


This call is open to professional artists living in the United States. Artists who apply for this call must explain their connection to Seattle's Central Area neighborhood.

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.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:59 p.m. (PST).

Online Workshops (Optional)

We strongly encourage you to attend the workshop, especially if you are a first-time applicant.

ARTS staff will share more information about the Arts in Parks Temporary Art and Activations call and will review the CaFÉ application process. No RSVP or registration is needed to attend a workshop.


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 Standard Time.

Image: Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

Elisheba Johnson

Elisheba Johnson

Project Manager

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(206) 684-0182

Elisheba Johnson is a life-long participant in the arts. Most recently she owned Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that had art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. Being a visual artist, Elisheba brought the community together to create multidisciplinary arts projects at Faire. Elisheba has also volunteered at various arts organizations to help broaden the impact the arts has in the Seattle area. She is now writing for "Curating a Life" her parenting blog, creating mixed media art pieces, and finishing up work on a children's book she co-authored with her father, Charles Johnson. When she is not enjoying an art exhibit with her son, she is volunteering with the parenting support group "Rooting for Mama".

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