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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.

Calls to Artists & Arts Opportunities: Availability:
City of Auburn Poet Laureate - The City of Auburn Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Auburn. The term of service for the next Poet Laureate will be three years, beginning in January of 2021. The award is honorific. There is no financial compensation for the position.

Any member of the public may nominate a poet for the Poet Laureate position. Individuals are encouraged to nominate poets from all walks of life, and all poetry forms are welcome. 

For more information, or to nominate an individual for the Poet Laureate position, please view the guidelines and application document (PDF).
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:
Deadline extended to September 25, 2020 
Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence - The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence provides the opportunity for an artist to pursue their work in, and to be inspired by, the unique and beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, Washington for two months in June and July. There is a $3,500 stipend for the selected artist.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Application Page.
Opens in Summer 2020
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, and selected artists receive an $1,000 stipend. 

For more information or to apply, please visit the 2020-21 Downtown Sculpture Gallery Application Page.
Opens in December 2020
Auburn Benchmarks - A community art program through the City of Auburn which aims to build community pride and get people engaged in creating art. The artistically painted benches are on display around the city from July - September. Interested community groups can receive more information or submit design ideas by emailing Arts Coordinator Allison Hyde at ahyde@auburnwa.gov.

For more information about how to apply, please view the following PDF Benchmarks Application Details (PDF).
Opens in December 2020
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)
Seeking 2-4 artists at each event:
  • Petpalooza, Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Game Farm Park (pet themed projects encouraged!)
  • Kids Day, Friday, June 19, 11:00 AM -4:00 PM, Les Gove Park (Families and school-aged kids)
  • AuburnFest, Saturday, August 8, 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Les Gove Park (All ages)

Park Programs (~200- 600 total attendance)
Seeking 1 artist for each event:

  • Summer Sounds and Cinema (Family audiences) 
    o Friday, July 24, 6:30-8:30 PM at Lea Hill
    o Friday, July 31, 6:30-8:30 PM at Sunset Park
    o Friday, August 7, 6:00-8:30 PM at Les Gove Park
  • Farmers Market, Sunday, August 2, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Les Gove Park (All Ages)

For more information and to apply, please view the ArtRageous Application Details (PDF).

 Opens in December 2020
Pianos on Parade - Artistically treated pianos are placed throughout Auburn for the public to enjoy during this annual, temporary art and music project. The artistically decorated pianos are on display for the month of August and artists selected to decorate pianos will receive a $500 stipend. Interested artists can receive more information or submit design ideas by emailing Arts Coordinator Allison Hyde at ahyde@auburnwa.gov.

For more information about how to apply, please view the Pianos on Parade Application Details (PDF).
Opens in December 2020
Art on Main - Artists are selected through an annual application process to install 3-dimensional or multi-media art installations in a public window-front exhibition space in downtown Auburn.

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

Project Budget: $1,000 stipend for selected artists
Opens in Spring 2021
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.
Opens in Spring 2021
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 come from 4Culture/King County Cultural Authority. 

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

Guidelines and Details: View more information and application details (PDF)

Example of past successful applications and example budget & how-to:
Artist and Organization Sample Applications (PDF)
Sample Budget and How-To (PDF)

TO APPLY for a 2020 Project Support Grant, please submit the online application.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:
Deadline September 23, 2020

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