King County Metro: Artist in Residence / Residencies

February 14, 2023

Organization Name: 4Culture

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions | Residencies

Fee: Free


4Culture, in partnership with King County Metro, seeks an experienced and motivated planning artist (or team of artists) to participate in a two-year residency during which time they will develop a plan for transit-related public art projects to be implemented over the coming decade.

Artists are change makers and culture bearers. They look closely, recognize connections, express shared values and histories, uncover resources, educate and inspire, challenge ideas, experiment, and create new possibilities.

Metro’s Artist in Residence (AIR) will embody these qualities and act as a creative strategist, working jointly with Metro and 4Culture to expand their collaborative potential and identify opportunities for public art programming. The AIR will receive a 2-year, ½ time contract. 4Culture will issue and oversee the contract.

Year one of the residency will be focused on getting to know Metro and connecting with community — listening, learning, and laying the groundwork for successful relationships going forward. Funding will be made available for related engagement activities.

In year two, the AIR will produce a dynamic and strategic arts plan that describes how the 1% for Art legislation and commissioning process works, introduces ways to maximize available resources, reflects the evolution of transit, embraces the diversity of King County’s histories and cultures, and incorporates project recommendations that are broad enough to allow other artists to generate innovative ideas and approaches, and explicit enough to provide a compelling conceptual framework for artwork development. In addition, the plan should consider established Metro initiatives such as Poetry on Buses and SODO Track, and dovetail with the RapidRide-specific art plan penned by Johnson|Ramirez. All design, production, and distribution costs will be covered by a separate budget.

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