FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017
Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
, (253) 591-5152
Maria Lee, Media and Communications, email@example.com
, (253) 591-2054
Tacoma Artists Invited to Apply by May 1 for Two Projects at Valhalla Hall
The Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the City of Tacoma, invites Tacoma artists and/or artist teams to submit qualifications for two opportunities at Valhalla Hall (1216 Martin Luther King Jr. Way):
- An Exterior Mural - $8,000 Budget, All-Inclusive
This is an opportunity to create a mural on two walls of the exterior covered courtyard, which serves as the entryway into Valhalla Hall. The mural must be painted on an appropriate substrate material off-site for installation on the building walls in coordination with the construction contractor.
- A Decorative Gate - $12,000 Budget, All-Inclusive
This is an opportunity to design and fabricate artwork to transform a utilitarian entry gate into a beautiful work of art. Artwork must be created from durable materials that can be secured to the existing steel gate. Artwork may be designed and fabricated by the artist or designed by the artist but fabricated by a vendor.
Applicants must live within Tacoma city limits and be 18 years of age or older. Priority will be given to artists with ties to the Hilltop community. Artists can apply for one or both opportunities, and may apply individually or as part of an artist team. The application deadline is 11:59 PM on May 1, 2017.
Valhalla Hall is a four-story, 16,755 square foot mixed-use building that will consist of two work/live units and 24 studio and one-bedroom units. Slated for completion in January 2018, this housing is geared towards market-rate tenants with nine units set aside for households at or below 50 percent of the area’s median income. The common courtyard is visible from the public sidewalk with opportunities to hold community events.
The original Valhalla Hall was constructed at the turn of the 20th century and served as a men’s club for Tacoma’s Swedish-American community. Vacant since 2009, the Hilltop Subarea Plan identified this building as a key location for revitalization.
For more information, and to apply, go to cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.