Get Inspired for Tech Specific

Our Site Specific Program has been inspiring innovation and reaching new communities since 2005—this year, it’s going tech. Tech Specific invites artists using technological mediums—from old-school to emerging—to apply for funding, and encourages designers, fabricators, engineers, developers, media-producers, and more to see themselves as artists and apply their skills to creative projects! Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations are all encouraged to apply.

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Our Site Specific Program has been inspiring innovation and reaching new communities since 2005—this year, it’s going tech. Tech Specific invites artists using technological mediums—from old-school to emerging—to apply for funding, and encourages designers, fabricators, engineers, developers, media-producers, and more to see themselves as artists and apply their skills to creative projects! Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations are all encouraged to apply.

We know – it’s open-ended! If you’re excited to apply, but curious about how and where art and tech can coexist, here are some examples from around the world to get you thinking:

Somebody by Miranda July, supported by Miu Miu
Somebody by Miranda July, supported by Miu Miu

The Somebody App by Miranda July purposefully counteracts the ease of text-messaging, asking us to examine how technology has rewired how we communicate. A message sent through Somebody relies on nearby strangers to get where it’s going – app users can view a list of waiting messages, and opt to deliver them, in person, following any instructions for tone or gesture from the sender. Every message becomes a web of connectivity.

Bacteria, antimicrobials, DNA sequencing – these are not often, if ever, found among lists of the tools that artists use. Anna Dumitriu’s work uses all of them and more to explore how art and science intersect.  The Sequence Dress is stained with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from Dumitriu’s body, grown on color-changing cultures, and surrounded by a digital projection of the genome sequence of that same bacteria.

Theo Jansen uses simple elements – piping, wood, fabric – and centuries-old technology to create something entirely new: Strandbeest. These wind-walkers have evolved since 1990 as Jansen adapts them to the beaches on which they roam. Creatures that started as simple assemblages can now make decisions, move without wind, and keep themselves safe during storms. Check one out in action:

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Still not sure if your project qualifies? 4Culture staff will offer drop-in workshops, where we’ll explain the application and panel review process and contracting requirements, and answer any questions applicants may have. The workshops are free and open to the public, no pre-registration required. Staff is also always available for one on one inquiries from interested applicants!

Workshop Schedule
4Culture offices, 101 Prefontaine Pl S

Friday, September 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Friday, September 18, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Friday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Friday, October 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Application and guidelines are available online; the deadline to apply is October 15 at 5:00 pm. Contact Charlie Rathbun at charlie.rathbun@4culture.org, (206) 263-1607 with any questions.

 

 

Plant 2015 at Jack Block Park, from Artist Jordan West Monez

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Jordan West Monez is a multi-disciplinary designer who received funding through our Historic Site Specific program – below, Jordan shares more about her project. In 2016, the Site Specific program will be tech-focused – the deadline to apply is October 15, 2015. 

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Plant2015_installJordan West Monez is a multi-disciplinary designer who received funding through our Historic Site Specific program – below, Jordan shares more about her project. In 2016, the Site Specific program will be tech-focused – the deadline to apply is October 15, 2015. 

Plant 2015 has been installed at the Port of Seattle’s Jack Block Park and at Boeing Plant 2 as part of Duwamish Revealed, a multi-media celebration of the Duwamish River. Plant 2015 re-creates a series of sculptural trees inspired by the artificial suburban landscape built on Boeing’s Plant 2 during World War II. The scale model of the suburban fabric was built to camouflage the factory from the air and was decommissioned shortly after the war. Plant 2015 draws on this history to focus attention on the duality of nature and culture on the river and focus attention on what has been and is now concealed along the Duwamish River.

As Seattle’s only river, the heavily industrialized Duwamish holds layers of history and meaning, people and culture, contamination and habitat. The Lower Duwamish Waterway was recently named a USEPA Superfund Site and the cleanup process is underway. Boeing Plant 2 was recently demolished and the shoreline restored to remove polluted sediment and create wildlife habitat. Plant 2015 layers a past history onto the present landscape to remind us of how quickly things can change to alter a place.

A gathering to celebrate Plant 2015 is planned for Saturday, August 15 at Jack Block Park, and the project is currently visible to the public at Jack Block Park and at Boeing Plant 2 on the southeast side of the South Park Bridge.

On e4c in August: Evertt Beidler

Magnesis (video still) by Evertt Beidler © 2015 Courtesy of the Artist.
© 2015 Evertt Beidler, Magnesis (video still), Courtesy of the Artist

King County Metro Transit estimates that more than 20,000 people travel on our block, Prefontaine Place South, every day. We think they all deserve to see some great art as they pass by our windows, and we also think it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase some fascinating work by artists – enter e4c. Since 2008, e4c – or, Electronic 4Culture – has been a storefront venue for the exhibition of dynamic, electronic artworks, visible by foot, bike, car or bus. Through an open call, artists across the United States, working in all genres including documentary, animation and experimental media, have been invited to apply to participate in the e4c program. To date, more than 70 artists and teams have presented media artworks on e4c.

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© 2015 Evertt Beidler, Magnesis (video still), Courtesy of the Artist

King County Metro Transit estimates that more than 20,000 people travel on our block, Prefontaine Place South, every day. We think they all deserve to see some great art as they pass by our windows, and we also think it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase some fascinating work by artists – enter e4c. Since 2008, e4c – or, Electronic 4Culture – has been a storefront venue for the exhibition of dynamic, electronic artworks, visible by foot, bike, car or bus. Through an open call, artists across the United States, working in all genres including documentary, animation and experimental media, have been invited to apply to participate in the e4c program. To date, more than 70 artists and teams have presented media artworks on e4c.

After a brief hiatus to complete a technology update and screen reconfiguration, e4c will begin again this August, featuring the work of Evertt A. Beidler. Beidler is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Portland, Oregon, with work included in private collections across the United States and on public display at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers in Cairo, Illinois, which is the first public commission of his career. Beidler writes, “My work utilizes the production of sculpture and live action as a means of interfacing the realm of the imaginary with the realm of the real. Content for my work is derived from personal experience and employs the traditional format of the ‘self-portrait’ as a means of telling stories that are autobiographical in nature. My most recent works combine elements of film, performance, public art, and the technical aspects of producing a functional sculpture into a single endeavor.”

Beidler’s work will be followed by seven other artists, selected from a pool of 35 applicants from across the United States. We look forward to presenting their work! Check back often to see who we’re featuring, and make sure to catch a glimpse of our windows next time your bus passes through Prefontaine Place South.

 

Conductive Garboil Grant Application Deadline: August 17

Jeppa Hall, Queen Shmooquan/Monster Jerry, photo: Russel Daniels.
Jeppa Hall, Queen Shmooquan/Monster Jerry, photo: Russel Daniels.

You have just three weeks to apply for the Conductive Garboil Grant!

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Jeppa Hall, Queen Shmooquan/Monster Jerry, photo: Russel Daniels.
Jeppa Hall, Queen Shmooquan/Monster Jerry, photo: Russel Daniels.

You have just three weeks to apply for the Conductive Garboil Grant!

Do you push the creative act beyond accepted limits? Do you engage audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex? If you happen to be a King County resident with a significant connection to Pioneer Square, consider applying for the 2015 Conductive Garboil Grant. Individual artists and artist teams working in any media or discipline are eligible.

To learn more about the opportunity, visit garboil.org.

Apply: 4culture.org/apply
Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2015

Touring Arts Roster 2015 Live Auditions Set

Mary Margaret Moore (c) Photo by Jill Hardy 2014
Mary Margaret Moore (c) Photo by Jill Hardy 2014
Mary Margaret Moore (c) Photo by Jill Hardy 2014

Sunday & Monday, August 23rd & 24th, 9AM-5PM

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Mary Margaret Moore (c) Photo by Jill Hardy 2014
Mary Margaret Moore (c) Photo by Jill Hardy 2014

Sunday & Monday, August 23rd & 24th, 9AM-5PM

Carco Theater
1717 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98055

4Culture promotes the performing arts through the Touring Arts Roster, a juried directory of talented King County musicians, dancers, actors, poets, storytellers and more. This online artist roster offers an excellent resource for arts presenters and is marketed to all types of regional organizations, event planners, schools, festivals and concert producers promoting a diversity of performances, for any venue and at every budget level. The Touring Arts Roster program provides valuable support to King County performing artists and groups including artist business development workshops and resources, project promotion, and a County wide Local Arts Agency booking incentives program.

Who is eligible to audition? Performing artists, ensembles and groups, with professional performance experience, and professional quality promotional material, based in and available to work in King County are eligible to audition.

How do artists audition? Interested artists should submit an “Intent to Audition” application, available directly on the TAR website or at the 4Culture Office. Deadline for submitting Intent to Audition forms is August 19th, or until all audition slots are filled. Audition slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Artists unable to audition live may submit for consideration an audition DVD containing recent live performance footage; along with the “Intent to Audition” application.

How are artists selected for the roster? A local jury of peer professionals composed of artists, presenters and administrators, review and approve auditioning artists for inclusion in the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster based on artistic excellence and quality of performance; as well as professional performance experience and quality of promotional materials (such as photos, audio, video, press kit).

Where is Carco Theatre? Carco Theatre is located at  1717 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA 98055. There are driving directions on their website and ample parking available right at the venue. Carco Theatre is accessible by several Metro Transit bus routes.

Questions? Contact: Doreen Mitchum or Heidi Jackson

Introducing "Tech Specific"

Siren, an artist-designed feminist dating app by Susie Lee © 2014 Ken Lambert

The Site Specific Program started in 2005, with the goal of inspiring innovation and reaching new communities by supporting visual art, installation and performance happening in alternative spaces –  from vacant storefronts to city parks, alleyways to farms. By 2013, the focus of the program shifted to projects connecting audiences with the stories and architecture of historic places in King County. To date, the program has supported hundreds of projects by just as many talented groups and individuals.

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Siren, an artist-designed feminist dating app by Susie Lee © 2014 Ken Lambert

The Site Specific Program started in 2005, with the goal of inspiring innovation and reaching new communities by supporting visual art, installation and performance happening in alternative spaces –  from vacant storefronts to city parks, alleyways to farms. By 2013, the focus of the program shifted to projects connecting audiences with the stories and architecture of historic places in King County. To date, the program has supported hundreds of projects by just as many talented groups and individuals.

Robotic Art at Robogames in San Francisco © 2008 Jeff Keyzer

To continue the founding spirit of the program – Site Specific is going tech in 2016. “Tech Specific” focuses on reaching tinkerers, designers, fabricators, engineers, software/app developers, kinetic sculpture makers, media-producers, and more. The goal of the reformatted program, is to tap into the thriving tech community here in our region and engage those active, creative individuals who don’t typically see themselves as artists.

Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations can apply to the program to get funding for temporary projects using technological mediums, from old-school to emerging, for the development and engagement of audiences. Collaborations between artists or arts organizations, technology/research specialists or Local Arts Agencies in King County cities are also encouraged.

Guidelines will be posted in the coming weeks, deadline is October 15, 2015 at 5:00PM.

Questions? Email program manager Charlie Rathbun or call (206) 263-1607.

Artist Wanted @ the Intersection of Art, Technology and Quirk

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Hey WA, OR, and CA-based artists: Do you play with color? Energy efficient lighting? Explore inventive uses for everyday materials? How about lenticular printing or digital fabrication – are either your bailiwick for exterior applications? If yes, this open call is for you.

Parkstone Properties, a locally owned and operated development company, has hired 4Culture to manage the development of public art to activate the façade(s) of a new mixed-use building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The developer and architect team aspire for their building to be identified by its artwork. And, they are offering up the entire exterior of the building as a possible canvas.

Possible sites for art integration include 2-stories of exposed brick, 4-stories of rain screen exterior cladding, 2 stairwell enclosures (one 65-feet tall!), and 2 entry gates. The team is open to a variety of approaches for artistic media and method of integrating with or attaching to the building. The art may be discrete, contiguous or spread across the building surface.

Located at the corner of Fremont Pl N, Evanston Ave N and N 35th Street, the triangular building will sit between the iconic Lenin and Rocket sculptures, along the annual Solstice Parade route, and in proximity to a growing number of tech companies. Its artwork, then, will draw inspiration from this convergence of quirk, art and tech.

Budget: $150,000. Deadline for Entry: June 2, 2015. More info: www.4culture.org/apply.

Become an Agent of Information for 4Culture!

An audience at the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Photo by Mark Malijan
An audience at the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Photo by Mark Malijan

Do you want to go to arts and heritage events—plays, concerts, exhibitions, movie screenings, readings, lectures, and much more—around King County for free? And even get paid for it? (At least, paid enough to cover your travel costs…) Are you a thoughtful, articulate person who can write about your experiences in a thoughtful, articulate way?

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An audience at the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).  Photo by Mark Malijan
An audience at the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Photo by Mark Malijan

Do you want to go to arts and heritage events—plays, concerts, exhibitions, movie screenings, readings, lectures, and much more—around King County for free? And even get paid for it? (At least, paid enough to cover your travel costs…) Are you a thoughtful, articulate person who can write about your experiences in a thoughtful, articulate way?

Then you should consider applying to become a 4Culture On-Site Reviewer!

The On-Site Review program is part of how 4Culture evaluates the many arts and heritage organizations who receive Sustained Support funding. All of these organizations (choruses, theaters, art galleries, historical societies, orchestras, dance troupes, film collectives, literary groups, museums, service organizations, and more) tell us which of their events best reflect who they are—which programs best embody the quality of their efforts and the essence of their mission. Then 4Culture sends On-Site Reviewers to these events, who write up brief but substantial reviews, which are later given to the panels that consider the Sustained Support recipients’ next application. The goal of these reviews is to give the panelists a patron’s-eye-view of the organization, to flesh out their understanding of what these organizations actually do.

These reviews are not thumbs-up/thumbs-down critiques—they’re meant to be a description of a well-informed patron’s experience. They must be concise (the panelists will be reading more than 600 of them!), but they must also provide concrete details of the event and some balanced discussion of the quality and substance of the event.

If you can write such reviews, and if you have a demonstrable background in one or more disciplines (for example, if you are an artist or an administrator in an arts or heritage organization), please apply to become an On-Site Reviewer by 5 pm on Monday, April 6, 2015.

For more information about how to apply, go to www.4culture.org/getinvolved/index.htm and click on the tab for On-Site Reviews. There you will find the ‘Call for On-Site Reviewers’, which you can download. You will also find the 2015 Review Form, which is what Reviewers fill out, and a link to On-Site Reviews on 4Culture’s blog, which will give you some samples of the kind of review we seek.

Questions about the program or about applying? Call Bret Fetzer at 206.205.8592 or e-mail him (preferred) at bret.fetzer@4culture.org.

Bellevue's Meydenbauer Bay Park

Photo courtesy of the City of Bellevue

The City of Bellevue, Washington is seeking artists/artist teams to create site-responsive artwork for Phase 1 the Meydenbauer Bay Park development, a significant linear open space that will connect the urban core to the shoreline of Lake Washington. The city envisions a public park characterized by excellence in design and environmental restoration that serves as both respite within the city and connection between the city and the lake. Three public art opportunities and sites are identified for this first phase development: 1) the Ravine, restored riparian forest with day-lighted stream and lakeshore viewpoints, 2) the Beach House, and 3) the Promenade and the Pier including the opportunity to work on stormwater channels and outfall, pedestrian pier, and retaining walls and park identity features. The call is posted on the 4Culture opportunities page. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 17, 2015. This opportunity is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia.

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Photo courtesy of the City of Bellevue
Photo courtesy of the City of Bellevue

The City of Bellevue, Washington is seeking artists/artist teams to create site-responsive artwork for Phase 1 the Meydenbauer Bay Park development, a significant linear open space that will connect the urban core to the shoreline of Lake Washington. The city envisions a public park characterized by excellence in design and environmental restoration that serves as both respite within the city and connection between the city and the lake. Three public art opportunities and sites are identified for this first phase development: 1) the Ravine, restored riparian forest with day-lighted stream and lakeshore viewpoints, 2) the Beach House, and 3) the Promenade and the Pier including the opportunity to work on stormwater channels and outfall, pedestrian pier, and retaining walls and park identity features. The call is posted on the 4Culture opportunities page. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 17, 2015. This opportunity is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia.

Last Call: TROY Block Deadline February 17

Photo courtesy of Touchstone

Check out 4Culture’s Opportunities page for application links to the TROY Block call-for-artists. This is an excellent opportunity for a US-based artist to create a highly public artwork in Seattle’s exciting, technology-centered neighborhood along South Lake Union. The developer and project team envision a signature artwork that interacts with the buildings, context and natural systems of the site, references the history of the place and neighborhood, or creates a memorable focal point and contemporary landmark within the pedestrian spaces of the development. A supportive developer, artist-friendly and savvy design team, high-energy neighborhood, heart of the tech industry, $350,000 budget, Seattle’s South Lake Union – why haven’t you gotten started on your application? Get with it! Call closes on Tuesday, February 17 @ 5:00 p.m. PST.

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Photo courtesy of Touchstone
Photo courtesy of Touchstone

Check out 4Culture’s Opportunities page for application links to the TROY Block call-for-artists. This is an excellent opportunity for a US-based artist to create a highly public artwork in Seattle’s exciting, technology-centered neighborhood along South Lake Union. The developer and project team envision a signature artwork that interacts with the buildings, context and natural systems of the site, references the history of the place and neighborhood, or creates a memorable focal point and contemporary landmark within the pedestrian spaces of the development. A supportive developer, artist-friendly and savvy design team, high-energy neighborhood, heart of the tech industry, $350,000 budget, Seattle’s South Lake Union – why haven’t you gotten started on your application? Get with it! Call closes on Tuesday, February 17 @ 5:00 p.m. PST.

Art Projects: Positive Changes for 2015

© 2014 A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo by Nick Spang
© 2014 A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo by Nick Spang

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View of Seattle Central Library facade with word count display. Project: A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Guidelines and applications for our Art Projects grants are now open to artists and art groups, residing in King County, who are creating and presenting work in all disciplines including Dance, Theater, Music, Media, Literature and the Visual Arts. Eligible projects may be at any stage including planning, development and final production. Selected projects must offer public access to a project-related art experience. The deadline is March 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm PST.

In 2014, 376 applications were considered and the panelists recommended a total of $560,000 to support 152 art projects to be presented in King County.

We’ve been talking to a lot of artists and cultural workers in an effort to improve access to our grants. We’ve learned a great deal and have implemented a few changes this year. Even if you’ve applied before, you’ll want to review the guidelines and application carefully. Changes this year include:

 

  • We have extended the contract period from 18 months to 2 years. This means that if you receive funding, we can support project expenses between June 1, 2015 through June 1, 2017. This also means that the period of time recipients must complete their “public benefit” event, such as a performance, exhibition, reading or screening has been extended.
  • An effort to diversify our funding to artists and art groups. Beginning in 2015, if an applicant receives an Art Projects grant, they may not apply again to Art Projects (Groups or Individuals) in 2016.
  • We have increased the grant amount applicants may apply for by $1,000. Yippee! Now, request to 4Culture may be in the amount of $2,500; $4,500; $6,500 and $8,500.

We hope these changes like these, will encourage new applicants and will enable us to fund a more diverse array of creative projects within King County.

Finally, we know grantwriting can be challenging and stressful. 4Culture staff takes pride providing new and returning applicants, with great customer assistance and support throughout our application process. Application Workshops are underway and we have conducted several in Seattle and Lake Forest Park. Our next workshops will be in White Center, Enumclaw, Issaquah and Seattle. Applicants are also free to contact staff via email or phone to receive guidance through the application process including technical support, draft review, tips and computer assistance.

Artists and arts groups new and returning – please join us at our workshops and apply!

View of Seattle Central Library facade with word count display. Project: A Novel Performance by Gabriela Denise Frank. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist