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If you’ve ever strolled along the block just to the west of City Hall, you may have noticed the colorful murals mounted to its fences. Those murals serve as mitigation for the emtpy hole in the ground that has yet to be filled with the buildings and plaza developers plan for the site, but have yet to begin constructing.

civic sq. fenceAs the property continues to sit idle this year, the developers have agreed to fund a re-vamp of the fences. This time, rather than placing individual murals on the fences, the entire fence will be painted. Below, is the call for artists.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (OAC), in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Triad Development, is seeking three artists or artist teams to create large-scale murals for the construction fence surrounding the Civic Square future development site between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets in downtown Seattle. Each mural location is a side of the fence, one city-block long and approximately 200 linear feet. Each artist or artist team will paint his or her mural directly on the fence; the image should reflect Seattle’s vibrancy in some way; its work, cultural life, history, or commitment to sustainability.

Bird's Eye View of Civic Square Plan

Bird’s Eye View of Civic Square Plan

Six finalists will be commissioned to prepare proposals; three artists or artist teams will be selected to create a mural. The call is open to professional artists living within the United States or Canada.

Six artists will each receive $750 to develop and present his or her proposals, and three artists or artist teams will each receive $25,000, all inclusive for time and materials, to create his/her mural. If the selected artist or artist team is from outside the Seattle area, expenses for travel and lodging will be negotiated.

The applicaiton deadline is Monday, March 10, at 11 p.m. Click here to apply.

Deborah Paine, Curator & Collections Manager, can be reached at 206-684-7132 to answer any questions.

I also want to remind you of the upcoming deadline for applying to OAC’s  Arts Partner Roster, which I first blogged about back on February 10th.

The roster is part of their The Creative Advantage arts education program and is accepting teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations for four-year periods. The application deadline’s just around the corner, this Tuesday, March 4, at 11 p.m.

artscorp classYou can read the guidelines and access the online application here.

For more information on the program, contact Lara Davis in OAC at 206-615-1879. For questions about the online application, call OAC’s main line at 206-684-7171.

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