Seattle Office of Arts & Culture – Public Art Boot Camp – Call for Applications

The Seattle 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 limited experience.

Artists will be selected through a competitive process to participate in a series of monthly workshops, seminars, and staff-led public art-related mentorship meetings focused on the public art practice which will culminate in a commission for a temporary public artwork. Workshops will take place approximately October 2022 through June 2023, and project commissions will tentatively be installed in August 2023. Up to 12 individual artists will be selected to participate.

Read the Full Call


Public Art Boot Camp is open to artists living in Washington 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).

Priority will be given to emerging artists and artists from historically underrepresented communities, including communities of color.

  • Workshop stipend: $1,800 total for eight (8) sessions ($200 per session)
  • Temporary public art commission: $10,000 (includes artist fee, materials, installation, de-installation, and taxes)

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm Pacific, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Please allow ample time to complete and upload your application.

Info Session

Learn about the Public Art Boot Camp process from how we select public art commissions to how to put together a strong application.

This is an online workshop and you will only be given a link to the meeting after you register. A link to a recording of the workshop will be made available here approximately one week after the session.

Saturday, April 16, 2022
11am – 12:30pm


More Info

For questions about the call or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Rick Reyes, at or (206) 233-7177