Little Saigon Park Art Project / Calls & Submissions
Seattle Parks and Recreation proposes to build a new park at 1224 S. King Street in the Little Saigon neighborhood. This project will develop the open space acquired by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) in 2013. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as SPR’s intent to create access to open space in areas of high urban density. Impervious surfacing shall be limited to 15% or less, excluding trail and circulation surfaces. The park will include seating, lighting, landscaping, and a play element. The Little Saigon Park project will create an urban connection in the midst of the rapidly developing and transitioning neighborhood of Little Saigon. The park design creates a flexible urban open space for residents, workers, and visitors to the neighborhood.
The park will:
Provide open space access to an undeserved neighborhood
Use art as fundamental space-defining element(s)
Provide seating opportunities integrated into the site
Integrate non-traditional, integrated play opportunities
Incorporate infrastructure to support community gathering and fellowship
Utilize planting to define space and create a sense of respite
The park design responds directly to the anticipated open space needs of this evolving neighborhood while reflecting the character and culture of the neighborhood. It is anticipated that the park will gain a unique identity based on the strength of individual icons such as art, play, culture, and community.
Artist Selection and notification: November and December 2019
Artist begins work: January 2020
Design completion: Summer 2020
Construction start: Fall 2020
Project completion: Fall 2021
This call is open to all artists living or working in Washington State who have a connection/relationship to the Chinatown| International District community in Seattle. Relevance of the applicant’s letter of interest and demonstrated connection/relationship to the Little Saigon and/or Chinatown | International District is considered. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Seattle 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 $100,000.00 (including all Washington State Sales/Use Tax), to design, fabricate, and install the artwork, and includes any travel costs.
10:59 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time), Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Please allow ample time to complete your application. Do not wait until the last minute. Applications submitted after the 10:59 p.m. deadline will not be accepted.
Applications must include:
12 to 16 images. Images should concentrate on completed projects that show potential or demonstrated skill to produce three-dimensional public artworks.
Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters including spaces). Please describe your interest in this unique opportunity, addressing your demonstrated connection/relationship to the Chinatown | International District, and how you would honor the history, cultures, and current experience of the communities that live nearby in the Little Saigon area.
Résumé or a one-page biography about yourself.
Three references including how you know this person, name, email address, and phone number. If you are applying as a team, please include three references for each team member.
Image Identification List (not to exceed 500 characters for each image). Please explain clearly and include artwork title, year installed, media, dimensions, and description. If you completed a project as a team member, the image identification should indicate your role for each image submitted.
The artist will be selected based on the following criteria:
Quality of concept, design, and craftsmanship of past works
Potential or demonstrated skill
Innovation or experimentation
Relevance of letter of interest and demonstrated connection/relationship to the Little Saigon and/or Chinatown | International District community
A proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design professionals, and community stakeholders
A proven ability to listen and work with community, particularly communities of color and low-English proficient communities
Experience with previous public art projects, temporary or permanent
Demonstrated ability to produce durable outdoor art (depending on circumstances, some assistance may be provided for technical issues)
Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget
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