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Art on Main

Grants to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Artists
and Teams of Artists for Public Art Installations

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City of Auburn Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

08/21/19 10:59 PM Pacific Time


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Grants of $1,000 to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington artists and teams of artists for innovative art installations. Funding is intended for the creation and installation of multi-media, video, and 3D art projects in public, window-front spaces that are located in downtown Auburn, Washington. The program offers a stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects or the installation of existing work.

Artists are sought who:
- Can develop a site-responsive public art display for the Art on Main exhibition space that will be on display for three month periods over the 2020 year.
- Can successfully and fully activate a window-front space that is visible to the public 24/7.
- Is an experienced artist seeking a unique location to exhibit artwork.
- Can create innovative artwork to engage the community and activate downtown Auburn.

The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings. All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence as submitted in work samples.
- Strength, creativity and originality in concept, material implementation, and engagement with the site as described in proposal.
- Ability to create innovative and dynamic work that would engage passers-by.
- Be comfortable exhibiting work in a space that is locked and secure but is not humidity or temperature controlled and may encounter direct sunlight.

Artists are responsible for all transportation, installation, and de-installation of their work and might also be asked to do a short artist talk during the selected installation dates.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185880

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Budget: $1,000 stipend for selected artists.

Term of Contract:

Art will be on display for three months over the 2020 year. The four time slots for 2020 are:
- January – March
- April – June
- July – September
- October – December

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any individual artist or artist team in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) may apply. Past participants of Art on Main are welcome to reapply.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is August 21, 2019. Notification of accepted artists will be in September 2019. Selected artists move on to Phase 2.

In the second phase of the process, Art on Main staff works with selected artists to discuss proposal and schedule their installation. Artists submit a more detailed proposal for the specific project at least one month before installation. The proposal will then be reviewed and approved by Art on Main staff.

In Phase 3:
- Artist receives contract, and begins installation on assigned date.
- Artist provides ongoing maintenance as needed during the duration of the display.
- Artist completes de-installation on assigned date.

Initial stipend payment is made within 30 days after installation upon receipt of an invoice. Artists are encouraged to offer their works for sale, but are not required to do so.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the application:

Allison Hyde, City of Auburn Arts Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Oregon;   Washington