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Sail Mound Artwork - Point Defiance Park

Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA, Sail Mound Artwork


$60,000 all-inclusive



August 13, 2018 11:59 PM


Call to Artists

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Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team to create an artful experience on Sail Mound B which is an open, flat, triangular 15’ x 15’ x 15’ space atop a small hill, at the newly developed Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park. With 360 degree views of Puget Sound, Point Defiance Park, and the ferry terminal, the space will naturally draw people to it. On clear days, the triangular space is directly aligned with a spectacular, uninterrupted view of Mount Rainier. The artwork should build upon the surrounding views and environment to create an inviting, rewarding experience for those who make the trip up the hill. The artwork should complement the park, but create a different experience than the areas atop the two other nearby sail mounds. The artist will coordinate their work with Site Workshop Landscape Architects. Emerging local artists are especially encouraged to apply.


After the initial application review, three finalists will be selected and each will be paid a $500 stipend to develop a preliminary proposal. That proposal will include a written description, budget, and concept renderings to be presented during an in-person interview. Further details will be communicated to finalists upon selection. One artist or artist team will be selected from the three finalists to complete this project.



  • Applicant(s) must live in Tacoma, WA

  • Applicant(s) can apply as a single artist or as an artist team

  • Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older

  • Applicant(s) cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks Tacoma or the City of Tacoma

People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply. 



August 13, 2018 11:59 PM

Deadline for submissions 

Week of August 20, 2018   

Review of submissions and selection of finalists 

Week of August 27, 2018

Orientation/Site Visit

Week of September 24, 2018

Preliminary proposal presentations and selection of artist

Spring 2019


 * All dates subject to change


Submission Process

Eligible artists and artist teams interested in this opportunity must submit the following three items via Submittable (https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit):


1. Short Responses

Responses to the following questions in 300 words or less each:

  • Tell us about yourself and your work.
  • Why are you interested in this project?

  • Anything else you’d like us to know?

2. Work Samples with Descriptions

Up to ten digital images of past work with concise descriptions. Artist teams are encouraged to submit work that was previously completed as a team.


3. Resume

A resume of three pages or less. Artist teams should submit a resume for each artist.



Contact Naomi Strom-Avila, (253) 591-5191, nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

2018 Tacoma Arts Month Activities

Preferred deadline: August 6, 2018 – Late submissions accepted on a rolling basis

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our 17th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other art programming in Tacoma, we will list your event on the Tacoma Arts Month online calendar. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, e-newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and a variety of social media outlets.


This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.


The deadline for the first round of submissions is August 6, 2018. We will accept activities on a rolling basis after that but submitting your information by August 6th will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out.


To Qualify
Your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October. 

To Participate
Fill out the online submission form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. Please note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out an individual form for each event.



Contact Rachel Betron at (253) 591-5191 or rbetron@cityoftacoma.org.

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Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191