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Spruce Street Mini Park Artwork Project

Mural of a Black woman with purple skin, blue lips against a cosmic background

Detail from For the Love of Music, by Aramis Hamer, 2016

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation (PARKS) to commission an artist or an artist team of two, to collaborate with the City, community members, and Project Art Planners, Damon Brown and Hasaan Kirkland, to design and install a mural art project that reflects the diversity of the Central District neighborhood.

The artist/artist team will design an artwork that creatively demonstrates an original composition that celebrates, educates, and visually elevates the experience of park visitors and community neighbors. The final work should incorporate subject matter and design elements that honor Indigenous American, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Jewish, and European American communities in the Central Area through the idea that humanity, respect, innovation, inspiration, and legacy connect us to history and place. This work should also be inclusive of diverse identities and LGBTQIA communities acknowledging that all are deserving of the pursuit of happiness and freedom "to be.”

Community members have expressed an interest in participating in the creation and installation of the artwork and community collaboration shall be a consideration when selecting an artist/artist team.

Please see the full call for details.

Eligibility

This call is open to professional artists who are residents of Washington State. Artists who apply for this call must explain their connection to Seattle’s Central District neighborhood and provide a narrative that embodies culture, diverse identities, innovation, inspiration, legacy, education, the pursuit of happiness, and the freedom “to be.” BIPOC artists are encouraged to apply. Students are not eligible to apply.

Budget

The selected artist/artist team will receive a budget of $30,000 all-inclusive of all taxes and fees to design, fabricate, and install the artwork.

Deadline

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 5pm Pacific. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Virtual Workshop

We highly encourage you to attend this online workshop, especially if you are a first-time applicant. Planning Artists Damon Brown and Hasaan Kirkland along with ARTS staff will share more information about the Spruce Street Mini Park Artwork Project and will review steps of the Submittable application process. A recording of the webinar will be available on YouTube a few days after the session is held.

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10–11am Pacific
RSVP here

This is an online workshop and you will receive the link to the workshop the day prior to the workshop. The virtual workshop will be recorded and made available approximately one week after the workshop.

Application

Apply on Submittable.

Read the full guidelines for this call.

Questions about using Submittable? It maintains a FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.

Info

For questions about the grant or help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Jason Huff.

Jason Huff

Jason Huff

Project Manager Lead

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jason.huff@Seattle.gov
(206) 684-7278

As a public art project manager with our office since 2007, Jason has worked with local and national artists to design and install artworks for the city's 1% for Art collection. From 2000 to 2007, Jason was the artistic director at the Kirkland Arts Center. Born and raised in White Plains, New York, he received his BFA in art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington. Jason continues to work in ceramics and has exhibited his work regionally at Gallery IMA, SOIL, Bellevue Art Museum, Gallery IMA, and nationally at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Ore.; San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo, Tex.; Contemporary Arts Collective and Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery in Las Vegas, Nev.; and the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nev.

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Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

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Rick Reyes

Rick Reyes

Racial Equity Coordinator

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rick.reyes@seattle.gov
(206) 233-7177

Rick grew up in Tacoma, Washington where he was actively involved in the arts as a songwriter, musician, and patron. Since moving to Seattle to attend Seattle University, he has worked in the arts with affiliations at Seattle Theatre Group, MoPop, Napster, and Sub Pop. Rick graduated in 2018 with his BA in Public Administration, focusing on Equity, Race, and Public Policy, and Philosophy, specializing in Law, Justice, and Society. Most recently, Rick’s research includes access to creative occupations for youth in the Seattle Public School district, effective methods of art advocacy for public education, and a case study focused around the effect of disaster politics on public education systems. Rick is an avid concertgoer and can probably be found at any number of venues in the Seattle area.


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