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Calls to Artists and Opportunities

The City of Auburn issues Calls to Artists for a variety of arts opportunities throughout the year. View opportunities and sign up to receive information about future calls below.

Questions? Call: 253-931-5100

Postmark Center for the Arts Gift Shop Artist

The Postmark Gift Shop strives to support local artists and create a retail destination offering a variety of unique handcrafted items for Auburn residents and visitors to enjoy.

Eligibility: This is a call to Washington State artists and craftspeople making unique and handcrafted work.

Budget: Artists will be paid on commission at a rate of 70%. There is no upfront budget for this opportunity.
Apply Now! Deadline: May 27, 2024. 
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Deadline: May 27, 2024 at 10:59 PM

Postmarked: Connecting Communities

Make a postcard and participate in Postmark’s next exhibition, “Postmarked: Connecting Communities” Postcards are now available at Postmark Center for the Arts during open hours, and at City of Auburn special events listed below.

The purpose of this project is to bring creative communities from around the world together under one theme: What does community mean to you? This intends to capture personal definitions of community and identity from artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Please respond to the prompt on your postcard in artwork and/or writing, stamp, and mail or hand deliver by Friday, June 14th to Postmark Center for the Arts, City of Auburn, 25 W Main Street, Auburn, WA, 98001-9903

POSTMARK HOURS:
Wednesday: 12:00-4:00PM
Thursday: 12:00-6:00PM
Friday: 12:00-4:00PM
(Starting June 1) Saturday: 12:00-4:00PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Pet Palooza (Game Farm Park, 3030 R Street SE, Auburn, WA | May 18)
Auburn’s Farmer’s Market (Les Gove Park - 1140 Auburn Way S | Sundays, starting June 2)

We look forward to the opening of this exhibition at the end of July through October. The City of Auburn is thrilled to be partnering with you to represent the creativity of people from around the world, thank you!

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Deadline: June 14, 2024! 

2025 Site-Specific Art Galleries:

Art on Main and Vault Gallery - Accepts applications from regional artists to install 3-dimensional or multi-media art installations in two site-specific gallery spaces in downtown Auburn: the Art on Main Gallery and the Vault Gallery. Both spaces provide a $1,000 artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work for three-month exhibitions.

Eligibility: This is a call to artists residing in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and Idaho).

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

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Deadline: September 5, 2024 at 10:59 PM

Art Galleries:
Artists are selected through an annual application process for exhibitions in the Community & Event Center Gallery and Cheryl Sallee Gallery, showcasing diverse artworks by regional artists.

Eligibility: This is a call to artists with no geographical restriction, but all artwork must be dropped off and picked up in person in Auburn, WA on the assigned exhibition dates. 

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September 5, 2024 at 10:59 PM

Postmark Arts & Cultural Programming Grant:
This program provides funding support for artists, arts or cultural organizations, or community members proposing ideas for free arts and cultural programs serving residents and visitors at the new Postmark Center for the Arts. We are excited about bringing local artist and community members together in a space that aims to provide opportunities for growth, creative participation, inspiration, and understanding through dynamic and multi-faceted programming.

Eligibility: Individuals, groups of people, neighborhood or business organizations seeking funding for an art program or cultural event at the Postmark Center for the Arts.

Project Budget: Grants are typically awarded from $500 - $2,000 per project.

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Deadline:
September 30, 2024

2025 Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence: 
The residency lasts two months during June and July, providing the artist with a large barn as an indoor studio space, a stipend, and access to the 67-acre farm. As the Artist in Residence, the artist is responsible for leading a variety of free public programs, typically including a free community workshop, open studio days, an artist talk, and a performance at the Mary Olson Farm. Visitors to Mary Olson Farm will have the opportunity to meet the artist and experience an entirely new artistic perspective on one of Auburn’s most beautiful places. Work developed during the residency will be presented in cooperation with The City of Auburn, in the form of a performance or concert at the Mary Olson Farm.

Eligibility: Artists who reside in Washington or Oregon working in performing arts disciplines (including but not limited to: music, dance, theater, music composition, interactive visual arts media, and various time-based performing arts disciplines). Artists who are open to developing and sharing a project in the form of a performance, concert, or other format. Artists who are active in contemporary arts & culture and respond to the unique location the Mary Olson Farm with innovative and challenging ideas.

Project Budget: $3,500 stipend for selected artist.

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Deadline:
October 16, 2024
 

2025 Project Support Grants:
The purpose of the Project Support Grant program is to provide support to arts-related projects and programs within the City of Auburn. A portion of the funding for these grants comes from 4Culture/King County Cultural Authority.

Project Budget: Grants are typically awarded from $500 - $2,000 per project.

Opens Summer 2024

ArtRageous Teaching Artist Opportunity:
Seeking talented and creative teaching artists to lead art making activities at the variety of City of Auburn summer festivals and events. Proposed projects that utilize repurposed or recycled materials are encouraged!

Festivals: ~10,000 – 15,000 total attendance.

Budget: Lead artists paid $40/hour for event and $25 for prep time.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Arts Program Supervisor, Allison Hyde at [email protected].

ONGOING

Postmark Teaching Opportunity:
Seeking talented and creative teachers to lead various creative and performative activities at the Postmark Center for the Arts. 

Please view our Teaching Opportunities (PDF) requirements and guidelines. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Arts Program Supervisor, Allison Hyde at [email protected].

ONGOING 
Downtown Sculpture Gallery:
The Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases new sculptures annually providing different public artwork for Auburn residents to experience and enjoy. Artwork is on display for one year, September-September. Selected artists receive an $1,000 stipend.

Eligibility: This is a call to artists residing in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Montana).

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

Opens Spring
2025
 

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