Call Detail
Storefronts Seattle: Artists Residencies 2012

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Washington
Entry Deadline: 2/22/13
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 5

INTRODUCTION The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Storefronts Seattle seek artists for artist residencies in vacant storefronts in various Seattle neighborhoods, including Pioneer Square, the Chinatown/International District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and Rainier Beach. Artist residencies offer artists of any discipline the space to pursue new projects. Residencies are approximately three months in duration, with a possible extension dependent on space availability and number of applicants. The residencies will take place throughout 2012 and into 2013. Residency spaces are not open to the general public and do not house public events (such as performances or exhibits) although regular “open houses” are encouraged, as is a general engagement with the community.
Examples of possible residency uses: 1. Meeting and/or organizing space 2. Space to create work 3. Practice and/or rehearsal space Uses that engage the street visually and activate the space regularly will be more competitive. Alternately, residencies can be paired with projects from the Storefronts installations program (see Storefronts website at for information). Please indicate in the “Addressing the Street” question below if you would like to be considered for a pairing with a project that will activate the “front” of a storefront. BACKGROUND Storefronts Seattle is a program designed to activate vacant storefront and display spaces in Seattle’s various neighborhoods by providing temporary space to artists, creative businesses, organizations and community groups. Founded in 2010, the program has expanded from one core downtown neighborhood to include (at this writing) seven neighborhoods, as far away as Auburn, Washington. In its first year of programming, Storefronts put more than 70 arts projects into nearly 25 spaces. This request for proposals is intended to create a roster of projects from which to program storefront spaces as they become available. Roster inclusion does not guarantee placement in the program. ELIGIBILITY Individual artists, arts groups, or arts businesses may apply. Arts groups are not required to have 501(c)3 status. SCOPE OF WORK Selected participants will receive access to a vacant space in a participating neighborhood. There will be no occupancy fee and the Storefronts program will pay all reasonable utility fees and liability insurance. Selected participants in the Storefronts program must agree to the following:


  • Enter into an agreement with Storefronts Seattle regarding the terms of use
  • Be willing to give up the space if the property owner finds a permanent tenant within the negotiated time-frame
  • Present high quality artwork and/or service activity
  • Partner with Storefronts to market and promote open houses and activities
  • Comply with all federal, state and local laws
  • The Storefronts panel and staff will pair applicants with available spaces, based on the needs of the applicants. Below is a question about artist’s space needs. Please be specific so you can be matched to an appropriate space. This request for proposals is intended to create a roster of projects from which to program storefront spaces as they become available. Roster inclusion does not guarantee placement in the program. APPLICATION DEADLINE 11 p.m., February 22, 2012 (Pacific Standard Time). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Apply using CaFÉ, a Web-based online application service. All application materials, including images, must be submitted digitally via the CaFÉ online system. Link to the online application via See questions below for required materials. SELECTION CRITERIA All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria. The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings.

  • Innovation
  • Impact on your work (benefit to you as an artist or group)
  • Benefit to the community
  • Appropriateness for the public realm
  • Strength of proposal
  • Artistic quality
  • The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Storefronts Seattle are committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks. SELECTION PROCESS Proposals to the Storefronts Seattle program are reviewed by a panel of arts professionals, representatives of neighborhood groups, and commercial property owners. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by late March 2012. WE’RE HERE TO HELP Please contact Matthew Richter at For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


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