Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ArtSparks 2011 Call for Artists

Call for Artists

ARTSparks—a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture’s Site Specific Program—is seeking proposals for arts projects to be temporarily installed and/or performed in Occidental Park, within the time-frame of June through October 2011. Any and all arts disciplines are welcome.

Individuals and organizations are asked to submit one to three distinct proposals for how they would implement a specific project in this unsecured public space. Collaborations or simultaneous projects are welcome. Final negotiations and scheduling of projects will be determined after proposals are chosen.

A map and a one-page introduction to Occidental Square Park are attached. Please note the boundaries to the park. Applicants are encouraged to visit and familiarize themselves with the park before designing or submitting their ideas.

Vision for ARTSparks program:
ARTSparks converts Occidental Square Park into a showcase for the creative imagination from June through September. Using this public space as art space, artists may produce temporary sculpture, environmental installations, media art, street theater, dance, music, or whatever their imaginations might devise to bring the challenge and spark of art into the day-to-day of this downtown public space. Proposals may range from small, seemingly random surprises to larger projects lasting 4 weeks or more. The end result: Occidental Square Park becomes a place where art and life entwine—where one goes to catch some of the freshest work coming out of the arts community—and where, simply by entering the park, people are welcomed into an artistic experience.

Impetus for the program:
ARTSparks is part of the Downtown Parks Renaissance Initiative to make our downtown parks the lively, safe, and welcoming public spaces they should be. Artists and artistic creations are one of our most powerful tools to bring positive life into the public realm and to inspire human connections through inquiry and play.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. Priority will be given to applicants with experience producing programs in outdoor, public settings in collaboration with one or more sponsoring organizations.

Program Budget
The program will extend for up to 18 weeks and feature multiple temporary art projects. The funding available totals $28,000 for the full season. Proposed projects may range from small, individual projects to larger projects that last for a month or even more. (Negotiation will be necessary for multi-week projects.) Applicants conceiving of larger and/or multi-week projects should keep in mind the project’s vision and impetus (see Background above) and its overall duration. Installation projects will necessarily play an important role, due to the program’s goal to provide extended activation of the space.

To reduce costs, Seattle Parks & Recreation will provide equipment and support, when possible, including electricity, water, dance floor, stage, tables, chairs, tents, some on-site staffing support, and limited promotional support.

Application Requirements
1. One to three distinct proposals with sample budgets attached (maximum three pages per proposal, including budget).
2. Resume, including list of curated exhibits or event series and of work in outdoor settings (maximum two pages).
3. Work sample, submitted on CD or DVD, with demonstrated examples of applicant’s experience in implementing projects appropriate for outdoor public spaces. For each project shown, please include written information citing title, date, location, nature of project, applicant’s role, and participating artists.
4. Artist websites may be submitted in place of, or in addition to, the CD or DVD work sample. The panel may review the applicant’s website if the navigation instructions and relevant work samples are easily accessible and delineated in written instructions.
5. Support materials: articles, reviews, sample publicity materials, etc.
6. Specify time frame between June 1 and October 31, 2011 when project(s) could be scheduled. Please note: Other community events will also be scheduled in Occidental Square Park during this period. For an updated calendar, please contact Victoria Schoenburg (see below). ARTSparks projects may potentially coincide with each other or with other events, if the uses don’t conflict.

Selection Criteria
• Artistic merit and quality of the proposed program.
• “Site-specificness”—the extent to which the project actively integrates with the unique character of Occidental Square Park.
• Community impact, i.e., feasibility of the proposed project to provide an artistic attraction that will add significant interest to the space and bring viewers over a number of days or weeks. (Projects should attract people into the main area of the park. See map.)
• History of previous work.
• Proven ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with governmental agencies and community stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to work within a timeline and budget.
• Ability to successfully realize the proposal.

Activities and installations should be focused within the boundaries of the actual park (see map). PLEASE NOTE that much of the area around Occidental Square Park is not park property and is therefore subject to different permitting regulations and procedures.

All proposals are expected to reflect a realistic understanding of the social and physical challenges of performing or displaying art in a non-secure, urban, public site.

The ARTSparks partnership respects diverse cultures and encourages applicants, artwork, and programming that reflect and welcome the broad diversity of Seattle’s communities.

Application Deadline
Application postmarked by Friday, May 6, 2011 and mailed to
attn: ARTSparks
101 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle, WA 98104-2672

Or delivered by 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011 to
attn: ARTSparks
101 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle, WA 98104-2672

Selection Process
An advisory panel of arts professionals, members of the ARTSparks partnership, and community members will review the applications and assist with program selections. The application process is flexibly designed to accommodate a diverse range of projects and arts disciplines. The selection panel will endeavor to structure a balanced, artistically rich, and sustainable program based on the project proposals.

Notification of Results
If necessary, applicants may be asked to meet with the program administrators to explain their project in greater detail. All scheduling and project expenses will be subject to negotiation. All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision no later than May 31, 2011.

We’re here to help!
For questions regarding the park, logistical issues, or program goals, please contact Victoria Schoenburg, Seattle Parks and Recreation Center City Parks Manager, at 206-684-7031 or victoria.schoenburg@seattle.gov

Storefronts Seattle Announces Expansion, Extension, and Exceptional New Artists

Storefronts Seattle is proud to announce the launch of nine new site-specific, world premiere projects in storefront spaces in downtown Seattle. Storefronts debuted in late 2010 as an experiment in activating vacant spaces with art,creative enterprise, and performance. Since that time, this incredibly successful program has presented over 25 artists and groups in short-term residencies in Chinatown/International District and Pioneer Square. Storefronts is dedicated to providing exposure and support to Seattle area artists, and to revitalizing our urban core. We use the arts and creative enterprise to help protect neighborhoods from the growing darkness of high vacancy rates, reduced street traffic, and a disengaged streetscape. We activate the neighborhood and we help to bring vibrancy to the urban environment. We join with long-term area businesses in staking a claim for community and for neighborhood. The Storefronts Seattle project is a collaboration of The Alliance for Pioneer Square, City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, and Shunpike. This month Storefronts is proud to join with new artists, in new spaces, as we present nine new works. Each of these will by open by April 7, First Thursday. This round of installations includes: The Poster Museum The New Mystics Cassie Hibbert Romson Bustillo Elizabeth Gahan Kristin Tollefson Alyson Piskorowski John Fleming Ben Hirschkoff More information available at: www.storefrontsseattle.wordpress.com


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Best of Art Walk Awards: Send in Your Submissions!


City Arts is teaming up with Blue Moon and Seattleartwalks.org (coming soon) to celebrate local art from Seattle's neighborhood community art walks. On a quarterly basis City Arts will be selecting six finalists from dozens of entries submitted by businesses and galleries participating in the local art walks. Once the six finalists are selected they will then throw a huge party in the artists honor where the public gets to vote on the #1 winner.

One of your artists could win $1000 and a profile in City Arts Magazine!

If you are a Pioneer Square Gallery Owner or business that participates in First Thursday and you would like to be recognized by City Arts: Best of Art Walk Awards, follow the link below to submit your nominations, by March 30. Please submit a maximum of three nominations per each First Thursday participating venue (one piece of artwork for each month).