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RapidRide Expansion Limited Edition ORCA Cards

Opportunity for Washington Artists in Eligible Counties to Compete for
Funding, Mentorship, and the Chance to Present Winning Artwork

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05/05/21 4:00 PM PDT


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Opportunity for Washington young graphic or visual artists in eligible counties to have their artwork featured on a newly released series of transit cards. The winning artists will receive funding of $2,000, technical assistance, and the chance to create artwork that will be highlighted on a new series of ORCA cards. Eligible artists must be between the ages of 16 and 25 and residing in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom Counties. Funding may be used for the artist's design, use fee including rights-of-reproduction, and applicable taxes.

4Culture seeks three emerging artists to create original artwork to be featured on limited-edition ORCA cards that will celebrate and inaugurate each new line in the RapidRide Expansion program. For each of the three new lines, one young artist will be selected to create 2D artwork unique to the identity of that corridor. The selected artists will become part of a cohort advised by a Mentor Artist who will assist the cohort in thinking about how their artwork responds to place, advise on technical requirements for artwork reproduction, and provide support for artwork review with the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) and County partners.

Artwork created by the cohort artists will be translated onto the front side of a limited-edition series of ORCA cards that will take the place of any standard ORCA card. The printing, production, and distribution of these ORCA cards will be managed by Metro and 4Culture and is not part of the artists’ scope.

Artists will retain copyright but permit 4Culture to reproduce the artworks on the cards and as a suite of archival prints to be installed within Metro facilities. At the conclusion of the project, 4Culture may elect to negotiate an additional fee for the purchase of the original, unframed artworks to become part of the King County Public Art Collection.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195177

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Budget: $2,000 per artist

Term of Contract:

Project term: June—September 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Young people (age 16-25) residing in King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom Counties of Washington State and who identify as visual or graphic artists are eligible to apply.

Applicants may be pursuing education and/or a career in the arts, but this is not a requirement. In fact, artists with non-traditional and out-of-school training are encouraged to apply. Artists must be able to share a portfolio of 6 work samples created in the last three years in order to be considered.

To the extent possible, 4Culture will seek to recruit artists with personal connections to the places, contexts and culture specific to each RapidRide line. Applicants should indicate if they have interest in creating artwork for a specific line, and why, or state general interest in any of the three lines within their Statement of Interest.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two Zoom information session/application workshop will be held as follows:

April 21, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 PM:

April 23, 12:00 - 1:30 PM:

Pre-Application Information:

Selection Timeline:
- Application deadline: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 by 4:00 pm PDT
- Information sessions/application workshops: April 21 and 23, 2021
- Selection panel meeting: Week of May 17–21, 2021
- Artists notified: Week of May 31–June 4, 2021

Applicants should strongly consider planning to apply earlier than the posted deadline. If you are new to this application process, staff is available to help.

Project Timeline:
- Mentor meetings and research: June–July 2021
- Design development: July–August 2021
- Artwork delivery: By September 10, 2021
- Production and distribution: 2021–2024 (exact launch dates TBD)

Three newest RapidRide lines:
H Line: Burien/Westwood Village/Seattle (Delridge)
G Line: Madison/Seattle (via Madison Street)
I Line: Renton/Kent/Auburn

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct application questions to:
Andy Le

Direct project-related questions to:
Laura Becker

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-7580

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom Counties

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