Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Press Release: Calling all artists for downtown sculpture park

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September 29, 2011

Alexa Heidrich, Planning Intern, 253.835.2622
Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Calling all artists for downtown sculpture park

Downtown Federal Way is going to get a new taste of art and culture with a planned sculpture park. The City of Federal Way’s Arts Commission and 4Culture are hosting a call for artists to provide sculptures to be installed on the vacant property adjacent the Transit Center.

“The sculpture park will infuse a cultural flavor to a mostly commercial area and encourage people to get out and walk around,” said Patrick Doherty, Community and Economic Development Director. “We also see this as an opportunity to showcase the work of local and regional artists.”

Doherty noted that the sculpture park will remain in place until such time as the vacant land is redeveloped. There are no current plans for the city-owned property. “Creating park and cultural amenities downtown are vital to the evolving downtown,” said Doherty.

Applications will be accepted through Friday October 28, 2011, and are available at http://www.cityoffederalway.com/sculptureAPP or at 4Culture’s website at http://4culture.org/newsite/apply/index.aspx. The Arts Commission will pick four to six sculptures for the site. The City will provide an honorarium of $250 for each artist. All media will be considered for this interim park as the Arts Commission seeks to create a place that showcases outdoor art installations and enables people to connect with their community and downtown.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a group of dedicated volunteers appointed by the Federal Way City Council to guide the City’s various arts programs. The Arts Commission advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing and visual arts.

For more information about the Call for Artists or to request an application contact Alexa Heidrich, 253.835.2622 or alexa.heidrich@cityoffederalway.com.


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