Call Detail
The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway Connecting Artworks

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Washington
Entry Deadline: 5/1/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 15
Total Media - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 15
The AMP:  AIDS Memorial Pathway is community driven and collaboratively funded and its goals are to use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection, to utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis, and to provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination. The guiding principles of The AMP are as follows:
  • Create Places For Remembrance And Reflection
  • Convey A Sense Of Place—History + Memories + Community Values
  • Tell The Stories Of HIV/AIDS In Seattle/King County
  • Provide A Call To Action: Advocacy, Support, & Education
  • Support Racial Equity, Inclusivity, and Universal Accessibility
  • Ensure the Continuation of The AMP Project
There are three major segments of The AMP, described in detail in the Master Art Plan, each focused on different emotional and symbolic aspects. These Connecting Artworks will extend through The AMP, and will include multiple pieces of art.

For more information about The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway and The AMP Master Art Plan:
The AMP:  AIDS Memorial Pathway was initiated by a passionate group of volunteers and community leaders, including people living with HIV, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. With support from Seattle City Council, Seattle Parks Department, Sound Transit, and Gerding Edlen, developer of the Capitol Hill Transit Oriented Development (TOD), The AMP secured its physical locations at the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and the northern edge of Cal Anderson Park along East Denny Way. The AMP, community driven and collaboratively funded, will use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection, utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis, and provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination. The AMP will offer visitors opportunities for meaningful participation in the ongoing fight to end HIV/AIDS and to end discrimination that can arise in communities during a crisis. It will be a reminder of our collective need to be active, remain vigilant, and stand ready to fight social injustices however and whenever they may arise.

If Capitol Hill had a public square back in the 70's or 80's, one might find artists, actors, singers, writers, poets, and musicians congregating and sometimes performing in front of an impromptu audience, providing vibrant city life to residents. The AIDS crisis disproportionately affected the creative and performing art fields. A large number of artists, designers, musicians, theater artists and performers were lost to the disease. The plaza site presents an opportunity to celebrate their creativity, their work, and the way they enriched Seattle's civic life. Another area for celebration is the creative strategies that the LGBTQ+ communities used to combat disease, apathy, ignorance and fear. Groups like the Chicken Soup Brigade worked creatively to care for the sick and dying, and ACT UP was known for its innovative protests against the indifference of our government and pharmaceutical companies. These organizations were created by people who lived, worked, and operated businesses in this area, and this site should also reflect this history of the neighborhood.

The AMP is divided into three major segments with each segment focused on different emotional and symbolic aspects of the pathway, namely "Honoring Community Courage and Resilience" in the Community Room, "Celebrating Creativity & Life" in the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plaza, and "Remembrance & Reflection" in Cal Anderson Park. These zones can be viewed in the site map available for download here. With this opportunity, we seek an artist(s) to combine artworks across multiple sites to act as way-finding and create a sense of identity and connection to The AMP. The artworks will link the Community Room, the Nagle Place Extension, the TOD Plaza, Denny Festival Street and Cal Anderson Park.

To view a site map and related images, please follow this link.

This project asks an artist or artist team to create durable and permanent public works of art that act as way-finding elements. The artworks will also act as a “connective tissue” and create congruent and/or thematic elements across multiple sites at The AIDS Memorial Pathway. These artworks will be at points along  the pathway to help identify the multiple art zones, and guide individuals towards them. The artworks will be located on the TOD site within three art zones specified in The AMP Master Art Plan.

The way-finding artworks will help visitors find the art zones from the transit entrances/exits, through and around the plaza, and to Cal Anderson Park. They will allow visitors to encounter the different experiences provided by the art pieces along The AMP, create attractive sightlines, and connect all of The AMP without using formal text signage. The multiple pieces of the way-finding artworks can also incorporate and address the ideas embedded in these art zones. The artworks may also act as anchor points for a future Augmented Reality platform for The AMP.

Artists and art teams are encouraged to work within the context of universal design, to support universal accessibility. Artworks created for The AMP are to be experienced by all, including people with sensory and mobility challenges. Artists and art teams should start their creative process with this knowledge in mind, not to think of them as obstacles, but as opportunities to expand their creative oeuvre.  Examples of approach to universal access can be found here:

See elevation in this PDF for reference.

Nagle Place Extension is the passageway between Building B North and the Transit entrance borders on John Street and Broadway. The Nagle Place passageway is the only access for truck and vehicular delivery to the businesses in Building A.
The plaza is the central part of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and also the heart of the TOD residents' activities. A lot of civic activities of the TOD will be centered in the plaza: Farmers market, outdoor concerts, craft fairs, music and dance performance, etc. Plaza benches are for the residents to lounge and relax or connect with each other, observing/enjoying activities in and around the TOD site.
In conjunction with the development at the TOD, the Capitol Hill Sound Transit station, and the planning of The AMP, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has designated E. Denny Way from East of Broadway to 10th Ave E to be developed as a festival street. The Denny Festival Street will allow street closure for activities related to the TOD, such as the Saturday Farmers Market, etc. SDOT is interested in collaborating with The AMP to incorporate art elements that can facilitate traffic and enhance pedestrian safety.

Suggested art media are, but not limited to:  gateways, sculptures, elevated or suspended installation (by post or cable), engraved or imbedded art, light art, sound/audio art, sculptural towers/columns (metal, ceramic, or glass), and embedded art elements on bench wall or sidewalk or roadway. The artworks can also be a combination of some of the media mentioned.

Areas around the Nagle Place Extension, the TOD plaza, Denny festival Street, Cal Anderson Park, and transit station entrances/exits right-of-way are available for incorporating multiple way-finding artworks.
Nagle Place Extension:  There are planned catenary LED light strands across the passageway between Building A and B North in the Nagle Place Extension. The Connecting Artworks can replace the catenary lights if they can fulfill the same function. Any built structure along Nagel Place Extension cannot impede the function of the passageway.
The TOD Plaza:  The step-seating /benches around the plaza are available for collaboration to incorporate art and design elements. The plaza floor paving is another area that is available for art application. Sculptures are not ruled out, but will have to be located at suitable places so as not to impede plaza activities. Certain areas of the plaza have been designated as bio-retention areas. Building footings or pedestals in those areas would take away from the bio-retention space and aversely affect the minimum required footage. The artworks should not impede the planned activities in the plaza like the farmers market. This also should not detract from, and indeed must work with, The AMP Centerpiece artwork at the north end of the plaza.
Denny Festival Street:  There are also opportunities for creative crosswalks at both Nagle Place and Denny Street. The street is paved with concrete, with low-elevation curbs. Colorful crosswalks done in thermoplastic (lasts 3-5 years) or MMA (longer-lasting) color pavers are possible. Designed sandblasted pattern on concrete, concrete stamping, coloring, washed aggregate are all suitable. Other possibilities include, but are not limited to, embedded brick patterns, embedded art elements on sidewalk or roadway, and gateway art elements on sidewalk. Traffic and pedestrian safety come first. Any proposed art elements in the Denny Festival Street are subject to SDOT standard and approval. Please note that any art introduced into the right-of-way will not be approved if it mimics the signs and/or colors of signal operations (red, yellow, green). Be aware that cuts will happen for maintenance and utility work in the roadway, replaced pavement might interrupt art elements. City permits will be required for any work done on the festival street. Any lighting introduced would be maintained by Seattle City Light and they will only repair/replace with city standard lighting.


This call is open to professional artists in the United States. Artists applying from outside the Seattle region should note the project will require regular on-site meetings with the project team. All travel costs will come out of the artist’s budget.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply.

$220,000 USD

The selected artist/artist team will receive a commission of $220,000 to design, fabricate, and install the artwork. This amount shall be inclusive of all travel, taxes, and other expenses. The project contractor may provide additional in-kind engineering and construction support to the artist(s), to be coordinated once under contract.

10:59 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time), Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 10:59 p.m. deadline will not be accepted.

  • Letter of Interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters including spaces). Please provide a statement describing your interest in this unique opportunity, addressing how you are qualified, how you would honor the history and culture of the communities impacted by AIDS (LGBTQ, POC, QTP, etc.). Include any potential collaborations or project partners you’d bring in to implement all aspects of this expansive project.
  • Audio/Video Statement (not to exceed 1.5 minutes in length). Please provide a short audio/video statement describing your interest in this unique opportunity, addressing how you are qualified, how you would honor the history and culture of the communities impacted by AIDS (LGBTQ, POC, QTP, etc.). Include any potential collaborations or project partners you’d bring in to implement all aspects of this expansive project. 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 versus in writing through the letter of interest (for example for applicants for whom English is a second language and/or other considerations). Guidelines and resources to assist with the creation of a video/audio file can be downloaded via Dropbox here.
  • Work Samples. Fifteen (15) artwork images and/or art plans.
  • Work Sample Identification List (not to exceed 500 characters for each image or art plan). Explain clearly. If you completed a project as a team member, the image identification should indicate your role for each image submitted. Do not omit the Work Sample Identification List or your application will be incomplete.
  • Résumé. No longer than two pages. Your resume should summarize your experience as an artist who can work with a design team. If you are applying as a team, please include a résumé for each team member.
  • Three references. Names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers for three professional references who can speak to the quality of your work as an artist and, if possible, collaborator within a design team. If you are applying as a team, please include three references for each team member.

The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Artistic quality exemplified in work samples
  • Demonstrated experience working with design teams
  • History of on-going growth and exploration as an artist
  • Demonstration of commitment to the values of this project, which may include an interest in LGBTQ culture and history, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Seattle and beyond, and those communities most impacted by HIV/AIDS
  • Ability to think conceptually and create signature work responsive to various site conditions and community input
  • Strength, creativity, and appropriateness of letter of interest
The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks. ARTS and The AMP fully support universal accessibility. The AMP is ADA accessible. Artworks created for The AMP are to be experienced by all, including people with sensory and mobility challenges.

The selection process will take place in two parts. During the first round, a panel of arts professionals, client representatives and community members will review the applicants’ images, qualifications and other materials. The panelists will identify up to four finalists to interview at a second panel meeting two to three weeks later. The panel will select one artist or artist team to be awarded the commission.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10:59 p.m. PDT – deadline for application
  • Mid-May 2019 – selection panel convenes to review applications
  • Late-May 2019 – finalists interviewed by selection panel
  • June 2019 – artist(s) contracted
  • Summer 2020 – TOD site opens

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by email by the end of May 2019. The Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.

Please contact Kristen Ramirez at (206) 615-1095 or
Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We recommend you take any of the following steps to ensure a competitive application:
  • Talk with the Program Staff. Discuss questions or concerns. Get Started NOW! It is fine to call before you have the application written. The earlier you contact the project manager the better. Do not wait until the deadline!
  • Watch our best tips video at
  • Need technical Assistance with CaFÉ? Contact CaFÉ at (888) 562-7232 or, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
  • Participate in a webinar (optional)
We strongly encourage you to participate via webinar in an information session, especially if you are a first-time applicant. Staff from ARTS and The AMP will share more information about the project and will review steps of the CaFÉ application.

Monday, April 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. PDT
If you are interested in participating in this online workshop, RSVP via email to with “add me to the online workshop” in the subject line by Friday, April 5, 2019.
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