Public art workshops

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The City of Seattle has a lot of public art. Paintings, murals, fountains, and sculptures blanket the city in locations both obvious (large downtown buildings, public plazas, parks) and not so much: underpasses, residential areas. How does it all get there? Well, it usually starts with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs sending out a call for artists. Their Artists’ Call Board offers up some fascinating opportunities, both local and national, that range from a Soho (NYC) gallery seeking video pieces about female boxers to the Bainbridge Island Public Art Committee seeking a local artist/artist team to create permanent outdoor art for the Winslow Way Street Improvement Project.

The gallery sort of work is easy enough to figure out–you can take classes in video filmmaking, you can teach yourself to paint with a series of workbooks, and then you can simply read the call to see how they want the works submitted–but creating permanent outdoor work for a local government requires a bit more in the way of preparation. What’s an aspiring public artist without a ton of political connections to do?

The OACA wants to help: they’re offering a series of workshops aimed at teaching artists how to successfully compete for public art projects. The first is Monday, May 18 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at City Hall. The workshop is totally free but advance registration is required; go to their site for sign up details.

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