The Office of Arts & Culture’s public art program has been activating the public realm for over 40 years. The Office of Arts & Culture is invested in training the next generation of public artists, who can create culturally relevant artworks that represent the diverse population of the city of Seattle. The Office of Arts & Culture is offering a FREE two-day intensive basic training overview to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm. This is a competitive process so artists must apply to be considered. Up to 30 artists will be selected to participate in the Public Art Boot Camp.
Public Art Boot Camp
There will be two workshops (for a total of 16 hours of training) held on Saturday, May 9th and Saturday May 16th, 2015. The workshops will be held at the Experience Music Project (EMP) at the Seattle Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Expect homework to create a temporary artwork proposal in the week between May 9 and 16, as part of the course work.

Workshops will be presented by a combination of public art administrators with presentation highlights from experienced public artists. While all the details of the workshops have not been established, in general they will cover:

  • Public art opportunities – temporary, permanent, portable works and more
  • Work samples, images, letters
  • Selection processes
  • Finalist:  Now what?
  • Work with architects, design professionals, city staff and community members
  • Sample contracts proposals, budgets, materials, timelines
  • Public presentations, reviews, approvals or not, then what?
  • Fabrication and installation
  • Dedications and closing out

Artists who are selected for and complete the two-day Public Art Boot Camp will be eligible to apply for an opportunity to create a temporary artwork in one of two sites later this summer at either the Seattle Center campus or the Central Area. To qualify for eligibility, you must attend both sessions. You will need to prepare a project proposal for a temporary artwork (between May 9 and May 16) as part of coursework.

Your proposal will be reviewed and critiqued by arts agency staff, providing you with feedback.

For the application and more information click HERE


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