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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

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.

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Entry deadline March 14, 2024. 

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Deadline: March 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.

For more information or to apply, please view the online application.

Opens Spring 2024 

Art Galleries - Artists are selected through an annual application process for exhibitions in three city gallery spaces, 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.

For more information or to apply, please view the online application.

Opens Spring 2024 
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. 

OPENS SPRING 2024 

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.

 Opens Summer 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 Coordinator 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 Coordinator Allison Hyde at [email protected].

ONGOING 

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