Current Calls and Funding

Artist Designed Infrastructure: Biorentention Edition

Bioretention project on the side of the road with plants and stones.
Image courtesy of Seattle Public Utilities

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), will commission an artist or two-person artist team to develop and design a “kit of parts” or catalog of ready-made artistic elements (e.g., inlays such as patterns or lettering, edging, railings, signage, stepping-stones, benches, grating, small sculptures, etc.) that may be incorporated into a roadside bioretention project. Not all elements will be incorporated in every location, so each part of the kit must stand alone or be able to be mixed and matched with other components. The artist/two-person artist team will work with SPU landscape designers, project managers, and engineers to produce design plans and specifications for incorporating the artistic elements. These design plans and specifications will allow SPU to contract with fabricators to produce and install each of the artistic elements into the project. The artist or two-person artist team is responsible for designing artistic elements only with the exception of Phase I (see below). Selection, fabrication, and installation of artistic elements will be completed by SPU and its project contractors in future phases.

Please see the full call for more details.

Eligibility

This call is open to artists residing in Washington State. Artists can apply as a team of no more than two. Students are not eligible to apply.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection and programming. Artists whose work is well represented in the city's programs are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. 

Budget

The selected artist/artist team will receive $70,000.00, inclusive of all project fees and taxes.

Deadline

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:59pm Pacific. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 10:59 p.m. deadline will not be accepted.

Workshops

If you missed the below workshops, here are the slides we presented to help you with your application.

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30pm
ARTS at King Street Station
303 Jackson St, Top Floor, Panel Room
Seattle, WA 98104
RSVP here

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm
ARTS at King Street Station, 303 Jackson St, Third Floor, Room 315, Seattle ARTS at King Street Station
303 Jackson St, Top Floor, Panel Room
Seattle, WA 98104
RSVP here

Application

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.

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For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Rebecca Johnson at rebecca.johnson@seattle.gov or 206-684-0182.

2020 Arts in Parks Temporary Art & Activations

"Quetzalcoatl" by Angie Hinojos Yusuf
Quetzalcoatl, by Angie Hinojos Yusuf, 2019

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (PARKS) are seeking artists to create temporary art installations or social practice activities for selected Seattle parks to activate and engage their surrounding communities.

ARTS is looking for up to seven artists/artist teams that are interested in engaging with the community and creating artworks or social practice activities that are culturally responsive. Artists who have experience working with residents from historically under-represented communities, including communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities to develop their artwork are encouraged to apply. The temporary outdoor two and three-dimensional artworks would most likely be installed in the warmer, drier months of June – August 2020 and will have durations of a minimum of 45 days.

Eligibility

This call is open to artists residing in Washington State who have a documented track record of making art and are interested in creating art in public places. Applicants must be over 18 years old and interested in working collaboratively in public settings.

Artists who were awarded in the 2019 cycle are not eligible to apply for the 2020 Arts in Parks Temporary Art & Activations call.

ARTS is committed to reflecting the cultural richness of our city by promoting opportunities for emerging and diverse artists. Organizations and individual artists representing communities of color are encouraged to apply. Strong consideration will be given to artists who have experience working with residents from historically underrepresented communities including communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities to develop their artwork. Please see the full call on CaFÉ.

Budget

Each selected artist/artist team will receive $4,500, inclusive of all fees including design development for final proposal, materials, installation, WA state sales and use taxes, insurance, and all associated project costs. Selected artists/artist teams will receive 40% of the total commission upon acceptance of the final artwork proposal, 40% percent after documented installation of the artwork, and the remaining 20% after documented de-installation of artwork, photo documentation, and a brief project summary have been delivered.

Arts in Parks is commissioned with Seattle Park District funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.

Deadline

10:59 p.m. Pacific, Tuesday, November 12, 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.

Workshops

We strongly encourage you to attend a 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.

Wednesday, October 16, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Rainier Beach Branch
9125 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Southwest Branch
9010 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98126

Tuesday, November 5, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch
2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Application

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.

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For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Benjamin Gale-Schreck.

Ben Gale-Schreck

Ben Gale-Schreck

Curatorial Assistant

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benjamin.gale-schreck@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1742

Ben Gale-Schreck is an interdisciplinary artist, residing in Seattle, whose practice resonates with familial relationships and generational departures. Through object-based performance and collaboration, the work weaves the present and the past.

Born in Carlock, Illinois he later moved to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a BFA in Sculpture, as well as a BA in Art History. Ben received his MFA in 3d4m from the University of Washington, Seattle. Learning through the reciprocal exchange of teaching, Gale-Schreck has worked as an educator, fine art fabricator, preparator, and artist, as well as being selected as a 2017 Emerging Artist in Residence with the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, WA.  In addition to national tours showcasing performance with the Flinching Eye Collective-recipients of The Idea Fund funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014-Gale-Schreck's work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, with exhibitions in Valdivia, Chile; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Bethlehem, Palestine; Houston, Texas; Brooklyn, New York; Seattle, WA, among other venues.

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. 

APPLY

Eligibility

  • 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.

Organizations:

  • 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.

Budget

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

Deadline

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.

Application

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:

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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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s.surface@seattle.gov
(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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