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Call For Artists: City of Seattle: Capitol Hill AIDS Memorial Art Project

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    The Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the AIDS Memorial Pathway (AMP), community representatives, and a range of City agencies, will select a professional artist or artist team to work with a design team of developers, architects, landscape architects, community members, technology artists/consultants, and others to develop, plan, and scope artworks and art concepts for a community-driven memorial project honoring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Seattle and King County.

    Through extensive collaboration with the design team, careful consideration of the sites, deep investigation of the history of AIDS and those most impacted by the disease, and thorough engagement of the impacted communities, the design team artist(s) will scope and propose future public art projects at multiple sites in and around Cal Anderson Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The memorial artworks will be integrated into the Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development, a series of residential and commercial buildings, open spaces, and access to Cal Anderson Park.

    Each part of the AIDS Memorial Pathway can and should evoke different responses and provide varied experiences, while also acknowledging that they are part of a larger memorial. Art along the pathway will be experienced primarily by pedestrians and cyclists. The works will communicate with and engage diverse members of the public – from school children to healthcare workers, from park visitors to area residents, from the LGBTQA+ community to those outside of it, artists, AIDS survivors, and those whose lives were affected by the crisis. Participants will find themselves in an atmosphere conducive to remembrance and reflection and be led to gain awareness of the varied communities’ responses to AIDS. Through these direct experiences, the art will address social and cultural concerns in which humans face the hardships of fear, discrimination, and the bewildering loss of loved ones. AIDS was and is a crisis that affects all people, and it is a priority that this project be accessible to the widest possible range of communities.

    An independent creative digital team, with whom the selected lead design team artist(s) will work, will be contracted separately to construct an integral Augmented/Extended Reality (A/XR) component. The A/XR technology will be instrumental to fulfilling the project goals, and this lead artist position will collaborate with the A/XR digital team to integrate art experiences into this technology platform.

    Eligibility
    The call is open to established professional artists living in the United States who are over 18 years of age. The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply.

    Deadline
    10:59 p.m. PDT, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

    Application
    Apply on CaFé: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID= 5345

    Info
    Please email Kristen Ramirez at [email protected] or call 206.615.1095 with any questions about this project.

    Rendering by Gerding Edlen, Capitol Hill Housing, Hewitt, Schemata Workshop, Berger Partnership.

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