Welcome to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) online application system.

Applications and support materials must be submitted through Submittable. Follow Submittable instructions to:

  • Register for a Submittable applicant account
  • Create your applicant profile
  • Submit applications

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call ARTS at 206.684.7171 or email arts.culture@seattle.gov. Staff is on-hand to assist applicants during business  hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 


About the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices.   


Privacy Notice:

Information that you provide in an application will become part of a record that is subject to public disclosure. The Office of Arts & Culture will not publish this information, but we are legally bound to provide it upon request. For more information, see the Public Records Act, RCW Chapter 42.56. To learn more about how we manage your information, see our Privacy Statement at www.seattle.gov/tech/initiatives/privacy.

Introduction
The Creative Advantage is a partnership between Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Public Schools to increase student access to arts learning.

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster is a list of artists, teaching artists, and community arts and culture organizations approved to  receive compensation through The Creative Advantage in Seattle Public Schools. Arts partners from the Roster provide integrated and/or cultural arts residencies for students and/or professional development for teachers.

The Creative Advantage Community Arts Partner Roster is maintained by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture as a resource for schools seeking partners to help them meet their arts education equity goals.
 

The Roster opens for 2024 on October 11th, 2023, and will stay open year-round for new artists, teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions to apply. Applications will be vetted and approved by Creative Advantage Advisors, through a panel process three times annually (March, June, October). Roster Advisors are Seattle Public School teacher leaders and current Roster partners. 


Deadlines for 2024 Submissions:

  • Applications submitted between 10/11/23 and by 5 PM (PST) 3/1/24 will be reviewed during the March review cycle
  • Applications submitted between 3/1/24 and by 5 PM (PST) 6/7/24 will be reviewed during the June review cycle
  • Applications submitted between 6/7/24 and by 5 PM (PST) 10/11/24 will be reviewed during the October review cycle


Eligibility
Open to artists, teaching artists, community arts organizations, and cultural institutions serving students, teachers, and schools in Seattle with three (3) or more years of teaching experience. Applicants must be over the age of 18.

An applicant can apply to provide integrated/cultural arts residencies for students and/or professional development opportunities for teachers. Applicants must indicate whether they want to be considered for one or both of these options.

Application Components
All applications must be submitted online through Submittable.

Documents to Submit:  Applicants will upload documentation of their work as an individual artist, teaching artist, or arts organization: 

  • Individual artist biography or organizational history & teaching artist biographies
  • Sample lesson plan(s) or class outline(s)
  • Work samples
  • Professional development plan (if applicable)
     

Narrative Questions:  Applicants will complete questions that provide information on the following: 

  • Teaching philosophy and approach
  • Equity & access
  • Culturally responsive strategies
  • 21st Century Skills development
  • Lesson plan development
  • Teacher collaboration


Review Criteria
Applications for Arts Residencies for Students will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Approach & Collaboration: Clear approach and experience teaching art to young people
  • Lesson Planning: Ability to develop a lesson plan or class outline
  • Equity & Access: Experience and skills working with participants of diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; experience working with communities experiencing oppression and inclusion of culturally responsive teaching practices 
  • Integrated & Cultural Arts: Experience teaching effective integrated arts and/or cultural arts to young people
  • 21st Century Skills: Ability to articulate clear arts learning objectives and assessment criteria that include one or more 21st Century Skills (creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, perseverance, and growth-mindset)
  • Work Samples: Samples demonstrate abilities, experience, and/or achievements as a teaching artist or teaching artist organization


Applications for Professional Development for Teachers will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Approach & Collaboration: Clear approach and experience leading teacher professional development 
  • Professional Development Planning: Ability to articulate clear arts learning objectives for adult learners 
  • Equity & Access: Experience and skills working with participants of diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds; experience working with communities experiencing oppression and inclusion of culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Integrated Arts: Ability to develop a professional development outline for teachers for integrating the arts
  • 21st Century Skills: Activities that support teachers to foster 21st Century Skills with students in their own classrooms
  • Work Samples: Ability to evaluate/assess and demonstrate impact of professional development on participants



Notification of Results
All applicants will be notified of panel decisions by email, after each round of panel reviews (end of March/early April, end of June/early July, end of October/early November).

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.


Questions About This Opportunity?

Please contract the Arts Education Project Manager Tina LaPadula, at tina.lapadula@seattle.gov.


Tips:
1.  Read the guidelines, online instructions, and, if need be, contact Submittable for any technical questions.
2.  Schedule a 1:1 mentoring session with the Arts Education Project Manager (Tina LaPadula - tina.lapadula@seattle.gov) for support completing the application or to talk through the basics of a class outline or learning plan.
3. Submit your application early to avoid errors or technical difficulties. Please do not wait until the last minute.

How to Use Submittable
Submittable maintains a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com

Additional Opportunities
The Creative Advantage is one way that the Office of Arts & Culture supports arts education and creative youth development. Join our mailing list to learn about professional development, arts funding, and innovative creative youth program opportunities.

Privacy Notice:
Information that you provide in your application will become part of a record that is subject to public disclosure. The Office of Arts & Culture will not publish this information, but we are legally bound to provide it upon request. For more information, see the Public Records Act, RCW Chapter 42.56. To learn more about how we manage your information, see our Privacy  Statement at www.seattle.gov/tech/initiatives/privacy.

SHORT DESCRIPTION 

Artists! You are invited to submit your application for upcoming public art projects. The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture maintains a Public Art Artist Roster that selects and places artists for new projects. All experience levels welcome and deadline to apply is 5:00pm (Pacific Time) on March 6, 2024. 

Submit your application to be considered for future public art projects!


 

OVERVIEW & BACKGROUND 

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the 1% for Arts program that integrates artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, ARTS works to eliminate institutional racism in programs, public art, policies, and practices. 

The program specifies that 1% of eligible city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks. The 1% for Arts program gives voice to community artists and creates opportunities for individuals to encounter art in parks, libraries, community centers, on roadways, bridges, and other public venues. 

The Public Art Artist Roster will be used for the commissioning of new, original, and site responsive public artwork. ARTS is seeking a diverse range of artists to work with ARTS and various City of Seattle Departments (Seattle City Light, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle Parks and Recreation). The Public Art Artist Roster is the primary method of selecting newly commissioned artists.


 

DESCRIPTION

The Public Art Artist Roster will be used to select artists for public art commissions of up to $500,000. Each new project will include information on the specific project budget and scope of work. The types of public art projects that are commissioned through the roster include: 

  • Permanent artwork that is site responsive and/or site integrated. Artists for these projects would work closely with the project design team to develop public artwork in either interior or exterior locations. Artists selected for these projects generally have examples of past work within the public art field.  
  • Temporary artwork that is site responsive and created with materials that can have a shorter lifespan. Artists for these projects work closely with an ARTS project manager to understand the limitations of the site and create artwork that (oftentimes) can be affixed to an existing structure. Artists selected for these projects generally have examples of past work that showcase their aesthetic and craftsmanship but do not necessarily have examples of past work within the public art field. 
  • Design only artwork is site specific and has a scope in which the artist creates the design for the artwork. ARTS or another agency will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the artwork. 
  • Creative community engagement artist is grounded in using artistic methodology to work with community groups in order to develop future projects, ideas, or strategy. This type of work generally does not result in a final piece of artwork, but rather the engagement method is the overall scope of work, and frequently results in an art plan or identification of the next steps for a public art project. 
  • Digital and new technology artwork is responsive to project goals that allow for the creation of a new artwork that does not necessarily occupy physical space. This is a new program focus that is responding to an interest in commissioning new artwork that utilizes digital storytelling and data-mapping, AR/VR, and other.


 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must reside in the United States or a U.S. Territory. 
  • Must be an artist or collaborative group that is independent. An arts organization, company, or program is not eligible.  
  • Must produce or present artwork that is relevant to the community and accessible to the public.  
  • Images submitted for review must be your own original work and if it is a team project, your role in the project must be clearly defined in the image description. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older. Collaborative groups must be composed of artists who are 18 or older. 
  • May submit only one application.


 

SELECTION PERIOD 

The Public Art Artist Roster will be used for selecting artists for projects between 2024 – 2026 that have budgets under $500,000. 


TIMELINE 

  • Application Open: 9:00am (Pacific Time) on January 5, 2024 
  • Drop-In Information Sessions: Check the “We are Here to Help” section below for most up to date locations and times.  
  • Roster Application Deadline: 5:00pm (Pacific Time) on March 6, 2024 
  • Roster Notification: June 2024 
  • Annual application window for those that did not apply in January 2024: January 2025 and January 2026 
  • Bi-Annual update of roster artist images and information: January and July of each year 


 

APPLICATION & REVIEW PROCESS

TO APPLY

All applications are submitted electronically via the secure online application site https://seattlearts.submittable.com. Follow the link to create a free account and upload your application materials.  

  • Applicants are required to complete and submit their applications by electronic means. 
  • Technical support for Submittable is available by visiting Submittable.com/help/submitter. 
  • Late applications will not be accepted. 


 

You will need to provide the following information when you apply in Submittable: 

  • Contact Information 
  • Up to 10 Artwork Samples (still images or video files 1 minute or less) 
  • “Metadata” (additional information) on the details about each image or video file (title, medium, etc.) 
  • Biographical Statement (300 words written or 2 minutes via audio/video*) 
  • Artist Statement (300 words written or 2 minutes via audio/video*) 
  • Experience, Project Preferences, and Additional Questionnaire (responses to these questions will not affect selection to the Roster)
     

Please carefully choose your images and review your materials before submitting. You may include multiple images of a project to illustrate detail, overall context, or scale. If accepted, your portfolio of images will be shared with the project selection teams and posted on the Public Art Artist Roster online gallery.


  * Please note that this should not be a highly produced/edited video – a short recording that speaks directly to your interest in this project will suffice. The intent of this option is to provide an opportunity for individuals who feel they can represent themselves better verbally to be able to do so (e.g., for applicants for whom English is a second language and/or have other accessibility needs). 


 

REVIEW AND SELECTION 

Panelist Selection 

A selection panel of artists, community members, and arts administrators will be convened to review the applications and make recommendations about who should be added to the Public Art Artist Roster. Their recommendations will be approved by the Public Art Advisory Committee and the ARTS Director.  
 

Panelist Review 

The applications will be reviewed by the selection panel based upon the eligibility criteria listed below: 

  • Artist communicates a unique vision or perspective. 
  • Artist demonstrates an authentic relationship to subject matter. 
  • Artist shows ability to create site-responsive work engaging a site and/or community. 
  • Artist demonstrates command of materials and/or skill in technique. 


 

Notification 

We will notify applicants of the decision in June 2024. Inclusion in the Public Art Artist Roster does not guarantee a commission of artwork. 


 

Feedback 

If not selected, applicants may request feedback from the panel comments.
 

QUESTIONS? WE ARE HERE TO HELP! 

Workshops 

  • Watch the recorded information session and additional information for the following workshops here.
  • You can attend an optional drop-in Application Workshop ARTS staff will be available to answer your questions.  
  • Workshop 1: Online on Friday, January 12, 2024, 12 – 1pm 
  • Workshop 2: In person at King Street Station, 303 S Jackson Street, Top Floor on Thursday, February 1, 2024, 4 – 6 pm 
  • Workshop 3: Online on Wednesday, February 7, 7 - 8 pm
  • Workshop 4: In person at Wa Na Wari, 911 24sth Ave, Seattle, 98122.  Thursday, February 8, 6 - 7:30pm
  • Workshop 5: In person at Napantla Cultural Arts Gallery, 9414 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106.  Saturday, February 24, 1 -3 pm (Spanish language translation will be available) 


Questions about this opportunity? Please contact project manager Maija McKnight at maija.mcknight@seattle.gov or 206.684.7311.


Questions about using Submittable? Submittable maintains an FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com

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