4Culture Grants + Calls

Regional Parks and Trails Public Art Plan

An artist, curator or artist team will work with 4Culture and King County Parks to develop an art plan for King County Parks’ extensive network of parks, regional and backcountry trails, and open spaces in collaboration with the unique communities they connect to throughout King County, WA.

1 About the Project

1 About the Project

  • Budget: $75,000 [inclusive of artist fee and applicable taxes].
    The artist, curator, or artist team will receive $32,000 for the initial phase of the project which includes research and immersion in the parks and trails systems. An additional $21,500 will be allocated for programming and community engagement. The artist/curator/team will receive $21,500 for art plan development, design, and completion of the plan.Funds of up to $5,300 are available for travel based on selected artist or curator’s location.*amount to be based on current GSA Per Diem rates
  • Project timeline: July/August 2022—August 2023
  • Eligibility: open to artists and curators, working independently or as a team, who reside in the United States or British Columbia and have preliminary planning experience in arts-related work with a focus on equity and social justice. Candidates with preliminary planning experience are strongly encouraged to apply as a team as we support the growth and development of emerging artists and curators. Artist teams of no more than two people are eligible if the team is able to show evidence of past collaborative work. Mentorship is available for individuals and teams who feel they would benefit from guidance, dialogue, and support from a seasoned planning artist. There is an expectation that an agreed percentage of residency time will be in King County, WA with the remaining residency work to be conducted remotely.
  • Application: submission of an online application is required for this opportunity.
  • Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 by 4:00 pm PDT.
    Please allow ample time to complete and upload your application; applications will not be accepted after the 4:00 pm deadline.


As the Puget Sound region in Washington continues to develop, public lands, including the network of parks, trails, and open spaces stewarded by King County Parks (KC Parks), become an even more important asset to the public. The impacts of Covid-19 on society have highlighted the outdoors as a safe place to interact with people, as well as create positive impacts on mental health and wellbeing. During the pandemic we have looked to these spaces to gather, work, play, exercise, and explore. KC Parks continues to expand its network of recreational spaces into denser urban areas, rural land, and the backcountry to provide ample opportunities for outdoor access.

4Culture and KC Parks seek a planning artist, curator, or artist team to develop a dynamic arts plan which holistically considers the future development of KC Parks network of parks, trails and open spaces, and authentically engage with the unique communities that these valuable public spaces reach.

The artist, curator, or artist team will establish guidelines that are broad enough to allow other artists to generate ideas, approaches, and projects and specific enough to give a strong conceptual framework for artwork development. They will consider the following as potential art locations; trailheads as gateways, rural access and visibility, backcountry trails, open space projects, urban green spaces, and the regional trail corridor.

We acknowledge that King County Parks and Trails are on Indigenous land. The artist or curator will work closely with KC Parks and 4Culture staff to create a conceptual framework for system-wide and community-specific art integration and intervention which prioritizes working with BIPOC communities and reflects the mission, vision, values, and Race and Social Justice goals of King County and 4Culture. We support the outdoors as an inclusive space for BIPOC individuals and acknowledge that each community faces different systemic barriers to accessing this space.

The planning artist, curator, or artist team will:

  • Consider the existing King County Regional Trails System Arts Master Plan, KC Parks inventory of existing public lands and existing and upcoming KC Parks capital projects to develop a new arts plan which includes these future capital projects and parks, trails, and open spaces not previously included in the first Arts Master Plan.
  • Analyze opportunities and constraints to articulate art opportunities across KC Parks’ inventory of parks, trails, and open spaces. Visit and research the neighborhoods and cities where KC Parks and Trails reside and assess equity and social justice impacts and opportunities in the area.
  • Recommend new projects that include workshops, art activations, events, and site-specific artworks. These may include, but are not limited to dynamic signage, audio integration, events and ephemeral art experiences, activation for outdoor environments, as well as art and culture experiences that address unique opportunities at parks and trails sites.
  • Develop an art plan that is artist or curator-led, community-informed, and provides a range of art projects.
  • Address a range of artist opportunities distributed throughout the network of parks and trails throughout King County.
  • Work with 4Culture staff to analyze the public art budget available for implementation of projects outlined in the art plan.
  • Deliver a ready-to-use art plan as a digital file.

Although the plan will lay a foundation for other artists’ work, the planning artist, curator, or artist team will have the opportunity to propose ideas for an original artwork as part of the plan. The detailed development and implementation of their idea will be funded separately. The subsequent project will be implemented either in the near term (1-5 years) or long term (2031) as part of the developed art plan.


Map of King County Regional Trails and Parks


KC Parks’ system of public lands consists of more than 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, 32,000 acres of open space, and 250 miles of backcountry trails. These public lands are generally located in urban and suburban areas surrounding Seattle and in rural King County. Within the unincorporated areas of King County, including White Center, Five Mile and Skyway, KC Parks is the primary provider of local active recreation including parks such as Steve Cox Memorial Park, Skyway Park, and Lake Geneva Park. KC Parks’ 175 mile regional trail network extends throughout King County and includes iconic trails such as the Burke-Gilman Trail, Eastrail, and the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. KC Parks regional trails network is part of the larger Leafline Trails Network, a four-county trail network extending from Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap County and continues to grow with an overall vision of 500 miles of interconnected multi-use trails. KC Parks backcountry trails are spread throughout the county and include extensive hiking trails within Cougar Mountain, MTB trails at Duthie Hill, and hiking trails around the volcanic cone of Pinnacle Peak near Enumclaw.

In 2011, artist Brian Borello was commissioned as an artist in residence with KC Parks to develop a conceptual framework and Arts Master Plan for KC Parks growing network of regional trails. This plan was designed for 10 years and since that time KC Parks network of regional trails has expanded. While the plan has provided an overarching blueprint for public art and cultural activities throughout the regional trails system, it makes room for a new arts plan to address a broader scope of KC Parks public lands and the growth in KC Parks regional trails network since 2011. The plan will be utilized as a jumping off point, as this is an opportunity to expand it to include parks, open space and future development of the overall King County Parks system of public lands. This is also a chance to consider the inequities that exist in open spaces and create an art plan that provides an inclusive range of art opportunities that connect to King County communities.

Project Collaborators and Program Information:

4Culture Public Art
King County Parks
King County Parks Open Space Plan
Trailhead Direct Program

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?


This project is open to planning artists, curators, and artist teams who reside in the United States or British Columbia and have preliminary experience doing arts-related planning work with a focus on access, equity, and social justice.

The selected artist, curator or artist team must abide by King County Public Health and National COVID-19 protocols while working on this project.

Selection Criteria

Finalists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit and professional qualifications as demonstrated in past work.
  • Strong verbal, written, and graphic communication skills both in working with a broad range of people and for clearly outlining recommendations in an art plan.
  • Experience developing conceptual frameworks for arts and cultural opportunities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice-based work.
  • A proven ability to collaborate with community stakeholders.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in working with KC Parks, which is a public entity.
  • Availability to work on a part-time basis both remotely and in King County, WA (which includes Seattle) between July/August 2022 and August 2023.

Selection Process

Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:
A five-person selection panel will meet for two panels to review the applications and select finalists for a remote orientation and remote interview with the goal of recommend one finalist for the commission. The panelists reflect a range of communities, artistic disciplines, planning expertise, and regional parks agency knowledge.

The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalist interviews.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Join us for a virtual workshop to ask questions and get support with your application!

May 9

Translation and Assistance

If you anticipate a barrier to your participation due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or would like to request assistance to access this application, please contact us at hello@4culture.org or 206-296-7580 or TTY 711.
Si anticipa una barrera para su participación debido a la capacidad limitada de escritura en inglés, discapacidad visual, o desea solicitar asistencia para acceder a esta aplicación, contáctenos en hello@4culture.org o 206-296-7580 o TTY 711.
如果您由于英语写作能力有限,视力障碍而希望参加比赛,或者希望获得协助来访问此应用程序,请通过hello@4culture.org或206-296-7580或TTY 711与我们联系。

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact:

Andy Le

If you have questions related to the project, please contact:

Selina Hunstiger

Kelly Pajek

Deadline: applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.


4 Timeline

4 Timeline

Selection Schedule* (all steps done remotely)

Application deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 4:00 pm PDT
Selection panel meeting: week of June 6, 2022
Finalist orientation: week of June 13, 2022
Finalist interviews:** week of June 20, 2022

Project Schedule*

Preliminary research and plan outline: July/August—October 2022
Preliminary recommendations: November 2022—January 2023
Plan development: February—June 2023
Plan delivery: July—August 2023

* Schedules are subject to change.
** Applicants are expected to be flexible during this week in order to participate in a virtual orientation and interview if selected as a finalist.

4 How to Apply

4 How to Apply

Interested artists or curators must submit an online application. The 4Culture application system is being used for this process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. We encourage applicants to start their application early.

Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.


Contact information for yourself or all members of your team if applying as a team.

Statement of Interest

Write a statement (750 words or less) explaining why you are interested in working on this project and how you would approach this commission opportunity considering your past experience. If there are multiple collaborators as part of your team, please explain how you work together. If you are interested in having a mentor, please state this and describe how a mentor could help support your development in creating an art plan. Consider the selection criteria as it relates to this opportunity. Applicants are NOT asked to submit a proposal as part of the application.


Two-page (maximum) current professional résumé plus one additional page with references (see instructions below). Keep the formatting as simple as possible. PDF is preferred; text (.txt) files will also be accepted. Teams should upload one document with two-page résumés for each team member, plus one additional page of references.


Please attach one page to your résumé that lists the name, email address, and phone number of up to three references who can speak to your professional history and community involvement. Briefly note how you know the person. Teams should include no more than three references combined.

Work Samples

You must submit 8 digital images and up to 2 sample planning or communication documents to be eligible for consideration. We encourage you to submit work samples that best illustrate your qualifications for this opportunity. Please include sample planning or communication documents that show experience in communicating complex ideas effectively, as well as art plan development, urban design, art integration within park infrastructure, and/or the analysis of complex systems.

If applying as a team, the team may submit no more than 10 work samples as described above.

    • Digital images: upload JPG files only 1920 pixels on the longest side (suggested), at least 72 dpi, and less than 2 MB in size.
    • Sample planning/communications documents: in the URL field, provide a link to the entire document posted online or a link to a shared folder service such as Dropbox or Google Drive where the entire document can be accessed. Please ensure that visibility settings are set so that anyone with the link can view and share.

Each work sample requires a brief description (75 words or less for digital images and 150 words or less for sample planning/communication documents) that includes the following information, if applicable: project location, commissioning agency, budget, project partners, photo credit, copyright owner, summary of the project scope, intention, and outcome.