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Yesler Terrace Artist Residency Programs – Call for Artists

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is seeking qualified artists to participate in Artist Residency or Artist Works Programs associated with the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 24 Mar 2016

In August of 2015, the Seattle Housing Authority initiated a multi-year art plan, funded by the Kresge Foundation, to bring the arts and artists to the Yesler community. SHA is currently in the process of a complete redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace site, which SHA initially developed in the early 1940’s as the city’s first publicly subsidized housing. The overall transformation of Yesler has consistently been guided by core values of social equity, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability and stewardship as well as ensuring the continued availability of low income housing. The low-rise, wood frame buildings that served low income households for seventy years are being replaced with mixed-income, mixed-use buildings that will range from low- to high-rise. The population of Yesler will increase from the roughly 1,200 people in the past to 12,000 people in the next decade or so. There will also be several thousand workers within several high-rise office buildings. New streets are being built, along with several new parks, public spaces, and pedestrian walkways. The community will be well-served by transit, including a new streetcar connecting Yesler to other nearby neighborhoods.

The following positions for artists are available and will commence as early as April 2016. For these programs, artists are defined as dynamic thinkers interested in engaging with the world through creative forms. Artists working in all disciplines (including but not limited to visual arts, social practice, digital media, performance, dance, and literary arts) are encouraged to apply. Artists may elect to apply for more than one program, but final candidates will only be selected to participate in one program at a time.

1. Two Year Artist Residency: One artist will be contracted to work directly with Yesler Terrace (YT) communities for approximately two years. Generative in nature, this residency is centered on creating experiences, enabling collaboration, and building relationships through direct involvement with YT residents and related communities. The residency prioritizes engagement with issues and ideas over the formal production of art works. Residency activities and outcomes are not predetermined, but will be developed by the artist in consultation with SHA staff and YT stakeholders over the period of the residency. Programs developed by artists may include but are not limited to dialogues, performances, social actions, temporary art installations, and workshops. Residency activities may take place at various sites around the YT neighborhood, including communal indoor and outdoor spaces, gardens, resident buildings, and a mobile art studio dedicated to residency use. The role of the Two Year Artist-In-Residence is to instigate thoughtful, stimulating, and potentially provocative ideas through art forms and processes.

Budget: The Seattle Housing Authority has a $40,000.00 budget which is inclusive of artist’s fees, permits (if applicable), all associated program costs, applicable City of Seattle licensing costs and/or Washington State sales/use tax.

2. One Year Artist Residency: One artist will be contracted to work directly with YT communities for approximately one year. The activities and programs associated with this one year residency are similar in nature to the two year residency, with the exception of a shorter term of commitment.

Budget: The Seattle Housing Authority has a $20,000.00 budget which is inclusive of artist’s fees, permits (if applicable), all associated program costs, applicable City of Seattle licensing costs and/or Washington State sales/use tax.

3. Artist Works Program: An artist or artists will be selected to develop permanent art works sited at various locations at YT. The selected artist(s) will work with SHA staff to choose a location of interest as well as design, fabricate, and install an art work as part of the SHA Yesler Terrace redevelopment project. Preference will be given to those artists interested in integrating the YT community in some aspect of the development and/or production of work. Public engagement activities might include discussions with YT residents on related topics, art workshops, or community events.

Budget: The Seattle Housing Authority has a $60,000.00 per artist budget which is inclusive of artist’s fees, permits (if applicable), materials, fabrication, on-site installation, travel or per diem costs, and any applicable City of Seattle licensing costs and/or Washington State sales/use tax costs. Fabrication and installation must be paid at Washington State Labor and Industries prevailing wage rates for the appropriate work/skills classifications.

The selected Artists shall be asked to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct research related to YT history and culture, including through resident interviews, meeting with SHA staff, and reviewing available media and materials related to YT and the YT redevelopment project.
  • Work with SHA staff and planning teams to strategize and fulfill relevant plans for development, implementation, and assessment of artist programs or, in the case of artists selected for the Artist Works Program, permanent physical works of art.
  • Work independently and with SHA staff to initiate, set, and implement project goals, deliverables, schedules, and work plans.
  • Directly engage YT community members and stakeholders at various points during the planning, implementation, and end phases of their respective projects.
  • Integrate the interests and preferences of YT residents into all activities as appropriate.
  • Contribute to supporting activities associated with the overall program of art activities for YT, including a youth media project, comprehensive evaluation program, community celebrations, and other reflection protocols occurring both in progress and at the end of the program term.
  • Manage administrative aspects of the position as needed, including budgeting and schedule management, submission of proposals and program descriptions to SHA staff over the course of the term of commitment, participating in regular programmatic meetings with coordinating SHA staff, and documenting all project activities from beginning to end.

The overall transformation of Yesler has consistently been guided by core values of social equity, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and stewardship as well as ensuring the continued availability of low income housing.

For more information, contact jennifer.song@seattlehousing.org.

Yesler Terrace Artist Residency Programs

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