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Opportunity for a USA or British Columbia Artist, Artist Team,
or Curator to Develop an Art Plan for Outdoor Recreational Areas

Regional Parks and Trails Public Art Plan

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05/31/22 4:00 PM PDT


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Opportunity of up to $75,000 for a USA or British Columbia artist, artist team, or curator to develop an art plan for outdoor recreational areas in Washington. The successful applicant will be expected to oversee the planning and implementation of artistic projects in eligible regions. The resulting projects will take place in King County.

An artist, curator or artist team will work with 4Culture and King County Parks to develop an art plan for King County Parks’ extensive network of parks, regional and backcountry trails, and open spaces in collaboration with the unique communities they connect to throughout King County, WA.

The planning artist, curator, or artist team will:

  • Consider the existing King County Regional Trails System Arts Master Plan, KC Parks inventory of existing public lands and existing and upcoming KC Parks capital projects to develop a new arts plan which includes these future capital projects and parks, trails, and open spaces not previously included in the first Arts Master Plan.
  • Analyze opportunities and constraints to articulate art opportunities across KC Parks’ inventory of parks, trails, and open spaces. Visit and research the neighborhoods and cities where KC Parks and Trails reside and assess equity and social justice impacts and opportunities in the area.
  • Recommend new projects that include workshops, art activations, events, and site-specific artworks. These may include, but are not limited to dynamic signage, audio integration, events and ephemeral art experiences, activation for outdoor environments, as well as art and culture experiences that address unique opportunities at parks and trails sites.
  • Develop an art plan that is artist or curator-led, community-informed, and provides a range of art projects.
  • Address a range of artist opportunities distributed throughout the network of parks and trails throughout King County.
  • Work with 4Culture staff to analyze the public art budget available for implementation of projects outlined in the art plan.
  • Deliver a ready-to-use art plan as a digital file.

Although the plan will lay a foundation for other artists’ work, the planning artist, curator, or artist team will have the opportunity to propose ideas for an original artwork as part of the plan. The detailed development and implementation of their idea will be funded separately. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 202924

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The artist, curator, or artist team will receive $32,000 for the initial phase of the project which includes research and immersion in the parks and trails systems. An additional $21,500 will be allocated for programming and community engagement. The artist/curator/team will receive $21,500 for art plan development, design, and completion of the plan. Funds of up to $5,300 are available for travel based on selected artist or curator’s location. *amount to be based on current GSA Per Diem rates

Term of Contract:

Project timeline: July/August 2022—August 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This opportunity is open to artists and curators, working independently or as a team, who reside in the United States or British Columbia and have preliminary planning experience in arts-related work with a focus on equity and social justice. Candidates with preliminary planning experience are strongly encouraged to apply as a team as we support the growth and development of emerging artists and curators. Artist teams of no more than two people are eligible if the team is able to show evidence of past collaborative work. Mentorship is available for individuals and teams who feel they would benefit from guidance, dialogue, and support from a seasoned planning artist. There is an expectation that an agreed percentage of residency time will be in King County, WA with the remaining residency work to be conducted remotely.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you're applying, you are encouraged to join us for this virtual workshop to ask questions and get support with your application.

Virtual workshop:
May 9, 1-2pm

Location: Zoom

Register here:

The session will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend and would like to view the recording, please contact Andy Le at the email address listed below.

If you need any other access support in order to join, please contact Jackie Mixon at the email address listed below.

Pre-Application Information:

Selection Schedule (all steps done remotely)
- Application deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 4:00 pm PDT
- Selection panel meeting: week of June 6, 2022
- Finalist orientation: week of June 13, 2022
- Finalist interviews:** week of June 20, 2022

** Applicants are expected to be flexible during this week in order to participate in a virtual orientation and interview if selected as a finalist.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact:

Andy Le

If you have questions related to the project, please contact:

Selina Hunstiger

Kelly Pajek

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