Friday, June 26, 2009

Call - to - Artists: Youngstown Skate Park

The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is searching for an artist or team of artists interested in creating an artwork in conjunction with the development of a proposed Skate Board Park at Delridge and Genesse in West Seattle... The selected artist(s) will collaborate with the project team, members of the skateboard initiative, local residents, and youth.

The site for this project is located near several community service buildings and has the potential to be a gateway to the Delridge corridor. The public art piece needs to compliment the new skate park and serve as a landmark for the community. Delridge is a diverse community with many cultural backgrounds and part of Seattle’s rich history. The park site is near the West Seattle Bridge and is on a well traveled avenue accessible by public transportation. The art is an opportunity to acknowledge local resident’s support of community development around the park.

This call is open to professional and emerging artists in the state of Washington. YCAC encourages diversity, collaboration, the recognition of marginalized social groups in the design process, and the development of a politically conscious community. The panel will consider artist diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are eligible with the sponsorship of a faculty member from their educational institution.

The selected artist will design a bold and creative response to this site and its stakeholders. The artwork should be of appropriate scale to be visually accessible to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians without presenting a hazard or driving distraction. The artist will consider the structures access and location to the skate park and accommodate its possible use by skateboarders, spectators, visitors, and neighbors. Design and placement of the artwork will focus on its relationship with the skate park and the social environment by serving as a gateway to the Delridge neighborhood. The artist will play a primary role in the location of the artwork in collaboration with YCAC, the project team, and will take into account safety, maintenance and structural considerations.

The budget for this project is under review. To what extent it is funded will depend on the parties abilities to collaborate with one another, city departments, and to persuasively communicate the story of the Delridge neighborhood and the skate park project.

For questions, please contact the Skate Park Art Project Committee at 206-935-2999 or click here for more details on applying.

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