Apply to Public Art Boot Camp (Office of Arts & Culture)

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is offering a professional development and mentorship program for visual artists who are interested in the public art realm but have never done work in the field before. Artists will be selected through a competitive process to participate in a series of workshops, seminars, and mentorship meetings focused on the public art practice which will culminate in a commission for a temporary public artwork.

ARTS is invested in training the next generation of public artists who can create culturally relevant artworks that resonate with the diverse population of the City of Seattle. Public Art Boot Camp provides training to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public art realm. Up to 12 artists will be selected to participate.

Please see the full call for details.


Public Art Boot Camp is open to artists currently living in Washington or Oregon state who have not received a temporary or permanent public art commission over $5,000 (a commission is defined as an artwork that is created by an artist at the request of an entity: public agency, private business, corporation, or individual; and that is/was displayed in a public location).

Applicants should have an interest in exploring the presentation of their work in public settings and an interest in community-building or enhancing the built environment. Applicants should also be committed to learning how to maintain artistic creativity and vision while attending to the demands of the public process. Priority will be given to emerging artists and artists from historically under-represented communities, including communities of color.


Each selected artist will receive up to $8,600. The budget includes a $7,000 temporary art commission and a $200 stipend for each workshop attended up to $1,600. If the artist cannot complete the program or the temporary art commission the City reserves the right to award the temporary commission to an alternate artist.


11:59pm Pacific, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Please allow ample time to complete and submit your application; applications submitted after the 11:59 pm deadline will not be accepted.


1:00 – 3:00pm Pacific, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Get tips on how to submit your strongest application. First time applicants are especially encouraged to attend.

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For questions about the call or for help with the online application, please contact Rebecca Johnson, Project Manager, at or 206-684-0182.