Creative Consultancies

Creative Consultancies

City of Auburn

District 7

The City of Auburn seeks to continue working with the artist or artist group to add culturally significant artistic elements to the Auburn Arts Alley.

Project Description

The City of Auburn was awarded a 2019 Creative Consultancy with artist Kathleen Fruge Brown with the vision to transform an underutilized alley, between the Auburn Avenue Theater and the future Arts & Culture Center, into a much-needed plaza for creativity, vibrancy, and cultural connectivity. The vision has been greeted with enthusiastic support from local arts organizations, businesses, our local college, residents and community leaders alike.

The City of Auburn seeks to continue working with the artist or artist group to add culturally significant artistic elements to the Auburn Arts Alley.

As part of the 2019 Creative Consultancy, artist Fruge Brown has been working with the Muckleshoot Tribe on traditional tribal weaving patterns that will be translated to mosaics for a seated bench and stage surround in the alley. The tribe has been a very excited and engaged community partner. As part of this community engagement process, there is a potential for additional tribal artwork that could be ideal for the alleyway or perhaps a component of the Auburn Arts & Culture Center building, adjacent to the alleyway. Connecting with the Muckleshoot Tribe through art is exciting for the City of Auburn and the entire community. Showcasing these skilled artisans and their craft in a community space would be treasured.

Auburn’s experienced Arts Department envisions activating the Auburn Arts Alley with arts programming like performances of music, spoken-word and dance, arts and craft markets, cultural celebrations and festivals. The Auburn Downtown Association envisions using the space for events during the day and at night to further engage visitors of all ages. The site can be activated in a myriad of ways and we would greatly benefit from an additional Creative Consultancies program to bring additional art to the space.

City of Auburn will be the lead agency and city staff, including Arts & Events Manager Julie Krueger and Arts Coordinator Allison Hyde, will be the primary contact for this project. We propose to work with the artist (or artists) for a duration of 9-12 months, in the following steps: 1-2 months to create a vision, 1-2 months engaging with artists, and 5-10 months creating the artistic elements of the Creative Consultancy project. The artist (or artists) would have regular meetings with city arts staff to collaborate and work towards a shared vision for the project.

The City of Auburn is a strong supporter of the arts, has completed similar projects successfully in the past, and is committed to support this project both financially and with staff time and oversight. The Auburn Arts Alley will create a gathering space will strengthen the community, stimulate the economy and enhance Auburn’s cultural vitality in an extraordinary way.

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