Art as an Expression of Solidarity
At the initiative of neighbor and volunteer Scott Ulrich, the West Seattle Art Walk is bringing artists and the community together to create a visual, emotional statement about our reality – as a benefit for our local businesses and local artists.
We are launching a West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt Design Contest to generate three different shirt designs for sale this summer. The artists of the three chosen designs will each receive $500 for their work.
All proceeds of the T-shirt sales will go toward the merchants who will be selling the t-shirts at their stores and to the West Seattle Junction who organizes the West Seattle Small Business Relief fund which, as of June 16, has already provided $104,000 to our local merchants and service providers to help cover essential monthly expenses like utility bills and payroll taxes.
Inspiration for the T-Shirt Artwork
The Art Walk’s goal is to create T-shirts with visual and/or verbal messages that inspire West Seattleites during this heavy time in our history. We would like all artists to consider the following as they create their designs:
Capture the essence of the situation
Raise awareness about the importance of the bridge closure to our community
Convey the love we have for West Seattle
We recognize that art is a very personal expression and you may have mixed emotions about the Bridge closure. While we do not want to inhibit creativity, we do aim to find a balance among sentiments conveyed in the designs that will appeal to our community, with a suggestion of:
Designs can be all illustration, all text, or a mix of both. One submission per artist.
Please note: While we welcome all submissions, artwork needs to be family-friendly to qualify for voting and selection.
West Seattle Chooses Winners!
All submissions are due on Friday, July 3, by noon (see below for more info about art preparation). The Art Walk will compile all qualifying submissions in a Facebook album and provide an online voting form – then it’s up to the community to vote for their favorites! Timeline specifics will be released shortly.
T-shirt designs will be silk screened and can have up to four (4) solid/spot/flat colors (PMS colors preferred)
Artwork needs to work on either a white, black or gray T-shirt, and will print approximately 8”x10”
All artwork submissions need to be final, production-ready files: 300 dpi at print size (vector graphics and/or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop formats preferred). The printer will do separations.
>>>How do I submit my artwork? Fill out this short form online, where you can also upload your work. We need both the final file and a JPG for use in voting.
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