Artist Training Cohort and Permanent Public Art Projects / Calls & Submissions

February 10, 2020

Organization Name: Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality

Organization Location: Tacoma, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


PARC: Public Art Reaching Community
Artist Training Cohort and Permanent Public Art Projects

Application Deadline: February 10, 2020, 11:59pm

Budget: $500 participation-based stipend, $1,000 project stipend, and opportunity to compete for a minimum of five permanent public art projects averaging $30,000 each


Eligibility: Pierce County resident, 18 years or older, individual artists/not teams

Optional Information Session: Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 5:30-6:30 pm, Metro Parks Tacoma Board Room, 4702 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

The field of public art is competitive. Often, talented artists are faced with a ‘Catch 22’ – an artist needs experience working in the public realm to be selected for public art opportunities, but how does someone obtain that experience? An artist may have entry-level experience, but this does not always help one progress to the “next level”. PARC is designed to provide artists with the training and experience necessary to be competitive when applying for public art projects locally, regionally and nationally.

Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking Pierce County artists with an active studio practice, who wish to learn how to develop artwork for the public realm, to participate in a ‘hands-on’ public art education program. Artists may work in a variety of disciplines and may or may not have a previous public art experience.

The training, which is free of charge to selected artists, is valued at approximately $4,300 per participant. Participating artists will create temporary projects and have the opportunity to apply and compete for one or more of at least five permanent public art projects averaging $30,000 each, funded by Metro Parks and the City of Tacoma. Artists will participate in five-day workshops, in preparation for a cycle of public art commission applications and interviews. Training sessions will be Saturdays late March-May 2020. Additional sessions and experiences will be scheduled, to include temporary projects and presentations, interviews for projects, field trips, peer discussion groups, and one-on-one mentorship as needed.

Opportunity Website