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Tacoma Mall Area-Artist Training Cohort

Optional Informational Workshop

April 11, 2018, 6-7:30 PM, Marlene’s Market, 2951 S. 38th Street, Tacoma

 

Deadline to Apply

April 23, 2018, 11:59 PM

 

Budget

$500 participation-based stipend, $1,000 to implement a temporary socially-engaged project in the Tacoma Mall neighborhood.

 

Artistic Disciplines

This opportunity is open to artists working in or across any artistic discipline.

Call to Artists

Download the complete Call to Artists (pdf). 

 

Summary

Public Art: Public Action is a context-based training program for artists to learn and implement socially-engaged strategies and artworks responsive to community needs within the Tacoma Mall area. Building on the input and findings in the Tacoma Mall Subarea Plan, this program will train artists to address civic and social concerns in our community and develop meaningful temporary art projects that engage the community, illuminate the issues, and respond to identified needs. A cohort of artists will be selected from Tacoma representing a variety of disciplines to collectively address the Tacoma Mall neighborhood. 

A cohort of up to 12 creative practitioners will be selected to participate in a free social practice training program and create a series of socially-engaged temporary projects. Through classroom sessions with experts and a hands-on project series, the cohort will learn about social practice, network with community organizations and stakeholders, receive artist mentoring, write their own project proposal, create and install a socially-engaged temporary public artwork, and participate in a public presentation of the project series.

Each participant will receive a $500 attendance-based stipend upon completion of the training program, with an additional $1,000 budget for the implementation of a temporary project. Artists selected to participate in the cohort must obtain a City of Tacoma business license.

The cohort will be selected to reflect the diversity of the Tacoma Mall neighborhood, which could include different art forms, ethnicities, cultural experiences, ages, backgrounds, abilities, etc. Participants will be selected to complement each other and create a diverse working group. The selection panel will reserve the right to not fill all 12 cohort openings and/or re-open the opportunity to create a more diverse and/or complementary working group. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Support for this training program and projects come from an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

 

Socially Engaged Project Series:

As part of the training program, participants will create a temporary public artwork, event, installation or other socially-engaged project to take place in the Tacoma Mall neighborhood between July-September 2018. 

Training Program

Selected artists will be expected to actively participate in the training program, which includes: 

  • Training Sessions – Two full days of presentations and learning sessions with experts, master artists, and public art administrators designed to give artists an overview of what social practice is and how creative practitioners engage with communities to create projects that address social issues.
  • Project Series – One half day of proposals, plus additional work outside of class (including concept development, relationship building, installation, and de-installation of a temporary public art project in the Tacoma Mall neighborhood.) 
  • Public Presentation – A presentation and celebration of the projects completed as a part of this training program (date to be set after project schedule is determined).

Artist Eligibility

  • Applicants must live within the official boundaries of the City of Tacoma 
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older 
  • Applicants must apply as individuals 
  • Applicants must engage in an active, generative creative practice, in any discipline or medium
  • Applicants must be able to participate in mandatory training sessions on June 2, 3, and June 30, 2018, if selected 
  • Applicants must have, or being willing to acquire a Tacoma Business License, if selected
  • Applicants cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission or an employee of the City of Tacoma  

Submission Process

Submit the following items via Submittable (https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit): 

  1. Basic Information
    Series of yes/no answers to questions that will help us determine eligibility and fit for the cohort
  2. Narrative Questions 
    -Describe yourself and your creative practice. (300 words or less)
    -Why are you interested in this training program, and how will it benefit your work? (300 words or less)
    Anything else you want to tells us? (optional, 300 words or less)
  3. Work Samples with Descriptions 
    Submit six samples of past work with short descriptions. Samples can be submitted across formats (audio, images, video, and/or text). Multiple file formats are allowed; only one is required. If submitting multiple formats: One work sample = one image = one minute of audio/video, = one page of text. (Example: three images, two minutes of video, and one page of text = six work samples) Formats accepted: .gif, .jpeg, .tiff, .mp3, .wav, .avi, .m4v, .mov, mpg, .wmv, .doc, .docx, and .pdf. Artists may provide audio/video links in lieu of uploading a file. Show us your strongest work in any medium, and include at least one recent project (created within the last year). If you have created work in the public realm (publicly, privately, or self-funded), please include it. 

Questions?

Contact Asia Tail, (253) 591-5206, atail@cityoftacoma.org.

Eastside Community Center-Artist Training Cohort

Optional Informational Workshop

March 20, 2018, 6-7:30 PM
Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Ave. E, Tacoma, WA 98404

 

Deadline to Apply

April 2, 2018, 11:59 PM

 

Budget

$500 participation-based stipend, $1,000 for a hands-on training project, and opportunity to compete for a $20,000 permanent public art project

 

Call to Artists

Download the complete Call to Artists (pdf). 

 

Summary

Metro Parks Tacoma will select a cohort of up to ten artists to participate in a free public art training program, with the goal of preparing artists to move from a studio practice to creating public artworks. Through classroom sessions with experts and a hands-on training project, the cohort will learn about public art, practice responding to calls, write their own project proposals, practice presenting proposals, create and install a temporary public artwork, and leave with portfolio pieces for future applications. Each artist will receive a $500 attendance-based stipend upon completion of the training program, with an additional $1,000 budget for the hands-on training project. Participants will also create a proposal for a permanent public artwork opportunity at the Eastside Community Center. One artist or team will be selected to create their proposed project, supported by a $20,000 budget. 

The cohort will be selected to reflect the diversity of the Eastside, which could include different art forms, ethnicities, cultural experiences, ages, backgrounds, abilities, etc. Artists will be selected to complement each other and create a diverse working group. The selection panel will reserve the right to not fill all ten cohort openings and/or re-open the opportunity to create a more diverse and/or complementary working group. Priority will be given to artists with a tie to the Eastside community. Artists of color, first and second generation immigrants, and Indigenous artists are especially encouraged to apply.

Permanent Public Art Opportunity

As part of the training program, artists will have the opportunity to create a proposal for a public artwork at the new Eastside Community Center that acknowledges the loss of young people in the community. This piece should not be a predictable memorial, but should invite reflection and honor the resilience and initiative of young people stepping forward to support and inspire their community. One artist or team from the cohort will be selected to create their proposed artwork, with a $20,000 budget.

Training Program

  • Selected artists will be expected to actively participate in the training program, which includes:
    Training Sessions – Two full days of presentations and learning sessions with experts, master artists, and public art administrators designed to give artists an overview of how to move from studio practice to creating permanent public artworks. 
  • Training Project – Two half days of proposals, plus additional work outside of class (including concept development, installation, and de-installation of a temporary public art project on the Eastside).
  • Permanent Public Art Proposal – development of a proposal for a permanent public artwork for the Eastside Community Center. 

Artist Eligibility

  • Applicants must live in Pierce County, WA 
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • Applicants must apply as an individual
  • Applicants must be a practicing visual artist, in any medium, producing artwork on a regular basis
  • Applicants must be available to participate in mandatory training sessions May 5, May 19, June 16 and June 30, if selected
  • Applicants cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks Tacoma or the City of Tacoma 

Submission Process

Artists invited to apply for this opportunity must submit the following items via Submittable (https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit): 

1. Basic Information
Series of yes/no answers to questions that will help us determine eligibility and fit for the cohort

2. Narrative Questions 
Describe yourself and your artwork. (300 words or less)
Why are you interested in this training program, and how will it benefit your work? (300 words or less)
Anything else you want to tells us? (optional, 300 words or less)

3. Work Samples with Descriptions 
Submit six digital images of past work with short descriptions. Show us your strongest past work in any medium, and be sure to include at least one recent artwork (created within the last year). If you have created work in the public realm (publicly, privately, or self-funded), please include it.

Questions?

Contact Rebecca Solverson, (253) 591-5564, rebecca.solverson@cityoftacoma.org.

 

Tacoma Town Center

Application Deadline

April 15, 2018, 11:59 PM

 

Budget

$295,000 all inclusive (artist fees, materials, equipment, insurance, installation, travel, taxes, engineering, etc.)

 

Call to Artists

Download the complete Call to Artists (PDF). 

 

Summary

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, in partnership with North America Asset Management Group, LLC (NAAM), is seeking an artist or artist team to participate as a lead artist on the design team and contribute art and design ideas for public spaces at the Tacoma Town Center complex. Spaces include but are not limited to the Fawcett Avenue thoroughfare, prominent corner of South 21st Street and Jefferson Avenue, and other streetscape improvements.  In addition, the artist or artist team will create a signature piece of artwork for the site.  

The lead artist or artist team will be encouraged to explore opportunities to enliven the Town Center’s public spaces through art and design and add to the growing outdoor art experiences in and around the Prairie Line Trail, Museum District, University of Washington – Tacoma campus, Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and Brewery District.

Additional funds will be available to commission Tacoma artists to create discrete and/or integrated artworks for the site. The lead artist or artist team will assist in determining potential locations and opportunities for these additional artworks and will participate on the artist selection panel.

 

Eligibility

  • Applicant(s) must live in Washington State or Oregon State.
  • Applicant(s) can apply as a single artist or as an artist team.
  • Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older and not a full-time student.
  • Applicant(s) must be a professional artist.
  • Applicant(s) cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission, an employee of the City of Tacoma, or an employee of NAAM.
  • People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply. 

Selection Criteria

The artist or artist team will be selected based on:

  • Artistic quality as exemplified in past work
  • Experience working as a lead artist on a design team
  • Ability to think and work in a scale and with materials appropriate to the site
  • Ability to think conceptually and create signature artwork responsive to the site
  • Ability to see and make connections 
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work with community members as part of developing a public artwork
  • Ability to identify opportunities for additional artworks that are part of a comprehensive vision

Timeline

April 15, 2018, 11:59 PM  Deadline for submissions 
Late April 2018 Finalist Selection
Early May 2018 Optional Site Visit for Finalists
Early May 2018 Finalist Interviews
May 2020 Artwork Installation Deadline

*All dates subject to change.

 

Submission Process 

It is important to note that this is a request for qualifications, not proposals – please do not submit proposals for this opportunity.

 

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 250 words or less each: 

  • What is your approach to public art?
  • Why are you interested in this project?
  • How do you see your role as part of a design team?
  • What is your experience working with community?
  • How are you able to contribute to an area’s identity with your work?

2. Work Samples with Descriptions 
Provide ten digital images of past work with concise descriptions. If available, work samples should include documentation of similar past public projects. Artist teams are encouraged to submit work that was previously completed as a team. 

3. Resume & References
Three pages or less, including three professional references. Artist teams should submit a resume for each artist. Only finalists’ references will be contacted.

 

Questions?

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

Tacoma Arts Month Event and Marketing Contractor

Department: City of Tacoma, Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

Position Type: Part-time to Full-time, temporary, contractor

Dates: April – November, 2018

Hours: Variable Monday - Friday; from 20 hours per week to 40 hours per week. Most time-intensive dates will be August, September, and October, at which time contractor must be available 40 hours per week. A limited amount of weekend and evening work will be necessary.

Benefits: Not eligible

Compensation: $30/hour up to $30,000 total

Application Deadline: Priority application deadline April 16, 2018; applications will be accepted until position is filled.

 

Summary of Position:

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality is seeking a temporary contractor to manage and produce all aspects of the 17th annual Tacoma Arts Month. Tacoma Arts Month is Tacoma’s annual city-wide celebration of arts and culture, which takes place each October. The month highlights hundreds of community-produced arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops. It is also marked by two City-produced signature events - an opening party and the Tacoma Studio Tour.

 

This position is a combination of event organization/production and marketing/promotion. Duties will including intake, research, and promotion of community arts and culture programming; production of an opening party; management of the AMOCAT Arts Awards; coordination of all aspects of the Tacoma Studio Tour; managing volunteers; and production of a multi-platform marketing campaign for this community-wide event.

 

Contractor must have the ability to work on- and off-site and have a computer to carry out duties of position. Contractor is expected to work 20 – 40 hours per week, depending on the current work load. In-office work schedule is flexible within the office hours of Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Organize calls to artists and calls to community

  • Disseminate communications via email, online, social media, print, and phone

  • Conduct outreach to diverse community stakeholders to inform about opportunities and gather community programming

  • Conduct research to identify additional community programming

  • Organize submissions, format data, and input into databases

  • Prepare application materials and facilitate the review and selection process for the Tacoma Studio Tour

  • Schedule and run subcommittee meetings

  • Set event dates, reserve locations, and conduct outreach to potential event partners

  • Coordinate opening party event and arts programming, with the assistance of an event planner

  • Help manage artwork and programming set up and tear down for opening party event

  • Coordinate volunteers for material distribution and event staffing

  • Secure media and event sponsorships

  • Develop and implement a social media and marketing plan, with some support from the City’s Media & Communication Office and other partners

  • Coordinate with the Arts & Culture Coalition of Pierce County and the Market the Arts Task Force to promote event

  • Support marketing needs including drafting press releases and dissemination of information and opportunities to the public via multiple platforms

  • Distribute promotional materials around Tacoma

  • Respond to inquiries from public and media

  • Write, edit, and post articles to TacomaArts blog and e-newsletters

  • Post updates and create events on Tacoma Arts Commission Facebook page

  • Develop content for, guide graphic design work of, and edit all promotional materials including print, digital, and video pieces

  • Coordinate printing needs with outside vendor

  • Track social media engagement

  • Conduct direct outreach to media

  • Update website and work with colleagues to improve website functionality

  • Conduct final event wrap up including surveys, final budget, selection of promotion winners, and update mailing lists

  • Provide general social media and marketing support for the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

  • Other duties as related to the event and in support of the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience in organizing a large-scale event or program

  • Experience in marketing and promotion of programming in multimedia formats including print, web, and social media

  • Has strong organizational skills and pays close attention to detail

  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally in person and in writing

  • Proficiency using multiple platforms to market programming

  • Has a background and knowledge of the Tacoma community

  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to manage time effectively

  • Ability to work independently

  • Has strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • If selected, must have or being willing to acquire a Tacoma Business License

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Naomi Strom-Avila at

nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org. Include “Contractor_Last Name, First Name” in subject line. Priority application deadline April 16; applications will be accepted until position is filled.

 

About the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality supports the ecosystem of the arts in Tacoma through funding, public art, community programming, technical assistance, stewardship, and advocacy.

 

Programs include:

  • Funding – We manage three funding programs to support large arts organizations, grassroots arts programming, and individual artists

  • Public Art – We manage City’s Municipal Art Collection of around 500 pieces of artwork as well as the City’s 1% for public art program, which dedicates 1% of construction costs of capital projects to the creation of public art. We also manage public art projects for local and regional partners such as Metro Parks Tacoma and Sound Transit

  • Community Programming – We manage multiple programs including Tacoma Arts Month, Tacoma Murals Project, Tacoma Poet Laureate, and artTown TV show. We also partner with Spaceworks Tacoma.

The Office is housed within the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department. It is supported by 3.5 staff members and the Tacoma Arts Commission, a 15-member volunteer commission made up of Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and artists.

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