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CityLink Seattle

Calling all artists within 100 miles of Seattle!

Storefronts Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, seeks artists and arts organizations to enliven vacant storefronts with temporary installations, artist residencies and creative enterprise projects in Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District and other to-be-announced locations from March 2011 to January 2012.

Storefronts Seattle is accepting applications in three tracks: Installation (two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new-media artworks); Artist Residency (rehearsal or studio space); and Creative Enterprise (retail art gallery, theatre, museum, etc.). Artists selected for the Installation track will receive $500 per installation. Artist Residency and Creative Enterprise participants will receive the use of prime, street-level retail space at no cost for up to six months.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will manage the application and selection process for the Installation track, which will feature three rounds of 90-day temporary art installations. Shunpike, an arts service nonprofit, will manage the application and selection process for the Artist Residency and Cultural Enterprise tracks.

Launched as a pilot in September 2010, Storefronts Seattle promotes neighborhood vitality by bringing art and creative enterprise to available storefronts.

  Eligibility: Open to artists and arts groups within 100 miles of Seattle.
  Budget: $500 per temporary installation. Artist Residency and Creative Enterprise participants will receive the use of prime, street-level retail space at no cost for up to six months.
  Deadline: 11 p.m., Monday, January 31, 2011
  Apply: Applications for all three tracks are available at StorefrontsSeattle.com
  Info: Ellen Whitlock Baker, Storefronts Project Manager/Shunpike Programs Manager, (206) 905-1026

Comments

Comment from Beverly Majors
Time January 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I am very interested in the Artist Residency track. I have been developing a project – for years – that requires state of the art equipment, as well as supportive individuals to create the portfolio necessary for the next phase of developing a permanent facility. I have no assets at this time and will need funding to avail myself of the opportunity to participate in the Artist Residency Track. The overall scope of my project should indeed qualify me for the necessary funding, especially with free access to space for the specified amount of time to complete the business proposal and develop the partnerships I am seeking. I feel compelled to inquire of the possibility of my participation, even though I have just lost my proposed site AND residence in an unlawful eviction. I mention this to be honest; as a way of indicating that I have some logistical concerns that I am facing and to hopefully find a way to bridge this unfortunate gap in one step.

Beverly Majors
Please respond to my email address “beverlymajors@yahoo.com

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