Call for Artists – Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail

Washington Department of Transportation and Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Deadline: 3/15/2023

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), in partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians (PTOI), is seeking up to three artists or artist teams to develop designs for permanent public art installations along the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail corridor as part of WSDOT’s SR 167 Completion Project (project). The Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail addresses gaps in the regional trail network by connecting downtown Puyallup to Fife and downtown Tacoma, providing people who live and work in the area with a new option for non-vehicular travel to a wide variety of destinations.

Budget: The total art design budget for each location is as follows:

  • Surprise Lake Tributary Site: $20,000 for design
  • Wapato Creek Site: $38,000 for design
  • Puyallup Recreation Center: $38,000 for design

In addition to the art design budget listed above, up to $4,000 is allocated towards reimbursable expenses related to travel at the current WSDOT approved reimbursable rates utilizing the Office of Financial Management Per Diem Rate tables.

Eligibility: Artists or artist teams that include a member indigenous to the Pacific Northwest Coast, Coast Salish and specifically Puyallup Tribe of Indians, or have experience working with these Tribes, are strongly encouraged to apply.

All artists or members of an artist team must be 18 years of age or older and are eligible to work in the United States for the length of the project development and installation. The artist may work remotely but shall be prepared to travel to the project site and to attend key presentations in-person as needed to support the design as specifically outlined below. Costs for travel and other direct expenses associated with the design work shall be part of the overall artist budget and accounted for separate from the artist design budget for the project.

Artists are strongly encouraged to have prior experience with public art design and installations and must have experience with tribal collaboration as part of their practice.

The application deadline is March 15, 2023.

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