Call for Artists - ARTSparks 2013 - Occidental Square Park
|Green Squared in Occidental Park, 2012|
Call for Artists
ARTSparks—a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and
Cultural Affairs—is seeking proposals for arts projects for Occidental Square Park within the timeframe
of June through September 2013. 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.
Part of the City of Seattle’s Center City Initiative, ARTSparks contributes to making our downtown
parks attractive, safe, and welcoming public spaces. The goal of the program is to help bring a
lively and creative atmosphere to our downtown parks, converting them into showcases for the
imagination where, simply by entering the park, people are encouraged to experience, question,
interact with, investigate, and respond to art – for free and as a natural part of daily downtown life.
Projects must activate the park for a least one week in duration and may extend to several weeks.
With the basic goal of creating continuing artistic interest in the park for approximately 15 weeks,
ARTSparks welcomes proposals for a full range of project sizes and budgets—from long-lasting,
larger-budget projects to projects of shorter duration and smaller budgets.
A map and a one-page introduction to Occidental Square Park are attached. Please note the
boundaries to the park. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit and familiarize themselves with
the park before designing or submitting their ideas.
The art project should:
· activate the space and engage pedestrians passing through.
· as much as possible, address the space as a whole and encourage use of the park.
· accommodate daily park maintenance work and community activities scheduled for the
park. For a current schedule, please contact Victoria Schoenburg (see attached).
The artwork may (but is not required to):
· be two- or three-dimensional, allowing for movement through the space.
· offer participatory or interactive experiences for visitors to the site.
· allow for a short- or long-term experience.
· include projection, light or sound.
· include performance components.
See more here (PDF).