Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Call for Artists: Storefronts Seattle

Storefronts Seattle seeks artists for installations, residencies and creative ventures

Artwork and creative projects to be installed in vacant storefronts

SEATTLE — Storefronts Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, seeks applicants for temporary art installations, residencies and creative enterprise projects to enliven vacant storefronts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods in addition to other locations. Selected artists will have the opportunity to showcase, create or sell their work to a large and diverse audience for a period of three to six months between March 2011 and January 2012.
Storefronts Seattle is accepting applications in three categories: Installation (two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new-media artworks); Artist Residency (rehearsal or studio space); and Creative Enterprise (retail art gallery, theatre, museum, etc.). Artists selected for the Installation category will receive $500 per installation. Artist Residency and Creative Enterprise participants will receive the use of prime, street-level retail space at no cost for up to six months.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, a partner of Storefronts Seattle, will manage the application and selection process for the Installation category, which will feature three rounds of 90-day temporary art installations.

"This innovative program is a great collaboration between our business and art communities,‖ said Mayor Mike McGinn." Storefronts Seattle shines a spotlight on Seattle’s creative sector, brings new life to empty storefronts and enlivens our neighborhood business districts.‖
This call to artists follows the success of Storefronts Seattle’s pilot program, which launched in September 2010 and will run through the end of February 2011. The pilot has been an invaluable opportunity for artists and entrepreneurs to showcase their work, try out business strategies with relatively low risk, build strong relationships with the neighborhood communities and gain the experience they need in order to move forward in their creative endeavors. Storefronts’ pilot phase provided space for 11 installations and eight creative enterprise and residency groups.
Artists and arts organizations located within 100 miles of Seattle are eligible to apply. A panel of artists and neighborhood representatives will evaluate all submissions and select proposals from artists and arts groups that activate vacant storefronts in a unique way. The deadline for all three categories is 11 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31. For application guidelines and to apply for Storefronts Seattle, visit http://storefrontsseattle.wordpress.com/opportunities/.
About Storefronts Seattle
Storefronts Seattle promotes neighborhood vitality by bringing art and creative enterprise to available storefronts. The program began in early 2010, when community members from the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods sought solutions for the lack of foot traffic and a decrease in community engagement associated with the growing number of vacant storefronts in the area. The program is part of a national wave of community-driven collaborations between businesses and artists to activate empty spaces and renew economic activity in neighborhoods.
More information can be found at the Storefronts Seattle website, www.storefrontsseattle.com.

Storefronts is a collaborative project of The Alliance for Pioneer Square, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority and Shunpike. It’s funded in part by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Office of Economic Development, 4Culture and individual donors.

Storefronts is made possible by generous donations of space from the following property companies and owners: SAMIS Land Company, Gin Holdings LLC, MaKensay Real Estate Services Inc, Martin Smith Inc, Artspace/Tashiro Kaplan All-Arts Building, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, Vulcan Inc, and Howard Dong.