Call Detail
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Miller Community Center Solar Microgrid Project
Entry Deadline: 3/16/20
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light (SCL) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), is seeking an artist/artist team to develop an interior permanent site-specific artwork as part of a solar microgrid project at the Miller Community Center in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The artist will meaningfully engage with the users of the Miller Community Center as part of the design process and work with SCL staff to gain a working knowledge of Seattle City Light’s sustainability goals.

The solar microgrid project is an innovative new technology that will provide power to the community center in emergencies events such as windstorms or unplanned power outages. The solar panels will be installed on the roof, and a small exterior area surrounded by a fence will house the batteries and micro-controllers. The commissioned artwork will be inside the community center and relate in some way to the solar microgrid project or SCL goals for solar sustainability as well as reflect the patrons and users of the Miller Community Center. The artwork should be wall mounted and site specific to this project. 3-D elements as part of the installation are desired (versus a 2-D mural approach).  

The artist will receive a budget of $46,000 all-inclusive to conduct and coordinate outreach, design, fabricate, and install the artwork in an interior location. This call is open to emerging and established artists residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

The deadline for application is 10:59 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time), Monday, March 16, 2020.

We seek an artist/artist team to develop a permanent interior artwork that is rigorous, relevant, and site specific.  
  • The selected artist will work with ARTS, SCL, and SPR, and project design consultants, to develop a permanent, indoor, site specific artwork.
  • The artist will gain a working knowledge of the solar microgrid project and the goals of Seattle City Light solar programs and incorporate elements (visual or thematic) to the overall artwork. The artwork could potentially speak to the ideas of sustainability, conservation, resiliency, and/or solar power.
  • The artist will conduct meaningful outreach to patrons and staff of the Miller Community Center prior to the development of design concepts.
  • The artwork placement should take into consideration the visibility of interior wall space and the wear and maintenance of the artwork within this popular community center.

About the Solar Microgrid
The solar microgrid project will include the installation of a battery energy storage system, solar panels, and microgrid controls. Once installed, the microgrid will provide backup power storage for the community center during emergency events, such as windstorms or unplanned power outages. SCL and SPR selected Miller Community Center to host the demonstration project after careful assessment of potential site locations. The project is funded through a $1.8 million investment from City Light and a $1.5 million state Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The project is intended to empower a community to recover quickly from unplanned emergency events and gain technical knowledge on the installation and operation of a microgrid system. Analytics from the microgrid resiliency project will allow the City of Seattle to research and develop similar technologies.

Design and construction of the new microgrid is schedule to occur in 2020. The solar panels will be installed on the roof, and the battery and controllers will be located adjacent to the Miller Community Center and surrounded by 8’ fencing. For more information about this project, please visit

About Miller Community Center
Miller Community Center is located on 19th Ave. E on Capitol Hill (see location map) providing an entryway onto Miller Playfield and the adjacent Meany Middle School. A prominent staircase outside the entrance of the building connects the street with the center, spraypark, play area, multi-use playfield, and the school.

Built in 1998, the two-story community center is set into a hill with the main entrance on the second floor, welcoming visitors with an attractive well-lit foyer. The second floor has a small seating area, a teen room, a small meeting room, and offices. The first floor is accessible by a staircase and an elevator and features a multipurpose room with a large commercial-grade kitchen, tot play room, offices, and a full-size basketball gym. Miller Community Center was originally housed in the Meany Middle School Annex.

The center is home to programs, activities, and events for all ages and a wide diversity of participants. Unique programs include Korean seniors club, LGBTQ+ fitness and recreation, middle school teen activities, and a robust volleyball program and other sports.

Please view the floor/site plan here for access to photographs of interior walls and potential artwork locations. The center is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12 pm – 8pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 6pm. The center is closed over the weekend.  

This call is open to emerging and established artists residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

The Seattle of 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.

The selected artist will receive a commission of $46,000, inclusive of all fees including Washington State Sales and Use Tax (10.1%). Contracting will be done in two phases:  outreach, design, and engineering for $7,000, and fabrication and installation for $39,000.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 10:59 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 10:59 p.m. (PDT) deadline will not be accepted.

  • Written OR Video/Audio Statement of Interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please read the prompt in the CaFÉ application form before developing your statement of interest.
  • Biographical Statement.
  • 6 - 10 Work Sample Images. Your work sample images should concentrate on and highlight completed projects/artwork.
  • Work Sample Image Description List (not to exceed 500 characters per image). Do not omit the Work Sample Description List or your application will be incomplete.
  • Three References.

The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Quality of concept, design, and craftsmanship of past works;
  • Relevance of statement of interest;
  • Demonstrated community outreach and engagement as a part of prior projects;
  • Stated interest in solar energy, conservation or desire to incorporate themes of energy conservation into new work;
  • A proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design professionals, and community stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce site specific installations on time and within budget; and
  • Evidence of artistic diversity.
The Office of Arts & Culture is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks. Learn more about the Office’s Commitment to Racial Equity here.

The selection process will take place in two parts. During the first round, a panel of arts professionals, city staff, and community members will review the applicants’ work sample images, qualifications, and other application materials. The panelists will identify up to four finalists to interview at a second panel meeting two weeks later. The panel will select one artist/artist team to be recommended for award of the commission. The Public Art Advisory Committee reviews and approves the panel recommendation.

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by the end of May 2020. The Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.

Have questions about the project or need assistance with the application?  Two workshops will be offered:

Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:30 - 7.30pm
Please RSVP Here
Office of Arts & Culture at King Street Station
303 South Jackson Street (3rd / Top Floor)
Seattle, WA 98104
View location map here
Please note that the entrance and elevator to our office lock at 6pm and late entrance can’t be accommodated. The meeting will also be available to join remotely; if you're interested in joining the meeting remotely, please contact Project Manager Maija McKnight ( and online access information will be provided the week prior to the workshop.   

Thursday, February 27 from 3 - 5pm
This is a drop-in session and no RSVP is requested.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98112
View location map here

For questions about the project or application, please contact Maija McKnight, Public Art Project Manager, at or 206.684.7311.

For technical assistance with the CaFÉ online application platform, please contact CaFÉ technical support at 303.629.1166 or, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4pm Pacific Time.

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