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Call for July: Artist in Residence

Open Call for Art

Open Call for Artist in Residence – A Public Arts Project
Create an Installation using Recycled Materials

Proposals Due: April 9, 2017

Curator: Anna Macrae

artEAST is excited to partner with the City of Issaquah, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, and Recology CleanScapes to bring together art, recycling, and community.

We are looking for a Puget Sound-area artist (or team of artists) who may already have some experience in creating public arts projects, and who are interested in engaging the Issaquah area community in recycling and arts interactions, leading up to creating an outdoor site specific installation at an event at Lake Sammamish State Park in July.

This is an unique opportunity for an artist to access materials from Recology CleanScapes, (http://www.cleanscapes.com/about_us/recyclingtours/) and explore the connection between community, art, and the environment using recycled materials, whilst exploring the boundaries of their artist practice.


  • Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) (http://lakesammamishfriends.org/ ) is hosting a family fun day at the Lake Sammamish Park, Issaquah, called Parkadilly. The event will take place on Sunday July 23, 2017, and will include a kid’s concert, a fair and family-friendly activities. It is expected to attract about 2,000 visitors.
  • The artist (or artist team) will use recycled materials to create an interactive community art installation during Parkadilly (July 23rd). The installation should be constructed in such a way that it stays in place for approximately 2 weeks.
  • Leading up to Parkadilly, the artist(s) is asked to engage the community, particularly students, to help build awareness for the event and promote the importance of recycling and sustainability.

Community engagement

  • Throughout the project, the artist(s) is encouraged to explore opportunities to engage the Issaquah community on recycling, using art as the connector.
  • artEAST has scheduled a day camp during the week of July 10-14, focusing on making art with recycled objects. The selected artist(s) is encouraged to take the role as lead instructor and work with students to making components for the main installation piece. This would be a paid teaching position, and in addition to the stipend.
  • During the main event (Parkadilly on July 23rd), the artist(s) will construct the installation piece. The artist(s) should incorporate an element of community art making and participation.

Support resources

  • Artist(s) will have the opportunity to utilize materials sourced from Recology CleanScapes recycling facility, including but not limited to paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass.
  • Artist(s) will be promoted through the production partners and the Parkadilly event publicity.
  • Elements of the project will be video recorded; the artist(s) will receive a completed version, and will be featured in City-related informational material.
  • It is the goal of the production partners to support you in creating this community project, and work with you to ensure its success.
  • Artist(s) will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 based on the proposal.

Your proposal

  • Your proposal should include a short statement outlining your project ideas, visions, goals, and a rough sketch.
  • Give an overview of activities that you will need to undertake to be able to prepare and complete the project within the given timeline.
  • Include details how you would engage the public.
  • Ensure that you give due consideration to safety aspects while dealing with the public and in a public space.

Important Dates

Deadline for proposals: April 9th, 2017
Interviews: Thursday, April 27th, 11am–2pm (at artEAST)
Recycled Art Summer camp: July 10th–14th (at artEAST)
Parkadilly: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017


  • A shortlist of applicants will be invited to give an informal presentation of their proposal.
  • Send the following information by email to: ExAIR17@arteast.org
    • Subject: Submit to AIR 2017
    • Your proposal
    • Contact information: Name, best phone number to reach you, mailing address, and website
    • Resume
    • Artist Statement
    • Five low resolution images of your work, as .jpg attachments
    • Please name all your files with your surname first, followed by the file title, example –  Smith_Jane_Title of Work.jpg

If you have any questions, please contact ExAIR17@arteast.org or call (425) 392-3191.



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