Call Detail
Storefronts Seattle: Installations 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 to develop installations for vacant storefronts in various Seattle neighborhoods, including Pioneer Square, the Chinatown/International District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and Rainier Beach. The installation projects will be programmed in available spaces throughout 2012 and into 2013. Proposed projects may be in any two-dimensional, three-dimensional or digital medium. Installations may include video projections or other light elements, but successful proposals will engage passers-by both in daylight and in darkness. The installations are non-commercial exhibits in any medium, installed in a storefront and viewable from the street, generally through the storefront windows. There is no public access into the installation space, nor is there (generally) the possibility for the installation to continue to the exterior of the space. Artists will receive an honorarium ranging from $250 to $1,000, as awarded by the review panel. The call is open to all artists. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 (Pacific Standard Time). 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, as well as an honorarium (ranging from $250 to $1,000) to support your work. There will be no occupancy fee, and the program will pay all reasonable utilities costs and liability insurance. Selected participants must agree to the following:


  • Enter into an agreement with Storefronts Seattle regarding the terms of use
  • Be willing to relocate or give up the space if the property owner finds a permanent tenant within the negotiated timeframe
  • Present high-quality artwork and/or service activity
  • Partner with Storefronts to market and promote events and activities
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local laws
  • The Storefronts Installations 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. BUDGET $250 to $1,000 per installation. 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 and engagement with empty retail space
  • Capacity to be successful (i.e. to accomplish what you are proposing)
  • Benefit to the community and appropriateness for the public realm (please remember that these installations are viewed by audiences of all ages)
  • High level of engagement with the street and passers-by
  • 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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