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Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking a design team artist for the Dickman Mill Project, which includes reinstallation of the historic Dickman Mill Head Saw and redesign of the surrounding area. The project is located along Tacoma’s Ruston Way Waterfront, which features more than 2 miles of parks and is one of the most popular attractions in the region. In addition to beautiful natural surroundings, the site has a rich context culturally, ecologically, and historically. The selected artist will create an Art Brief (mini art plan) that will contribute to the design of the site and create integrated and/or discreet elements that add to the site. Besides leveraging the existing construction budget, up to $40,000 may be available to implement recommendations.


• Applicant(s) must live in Washington State. 

• Applicant(s) can apply as a single artist or as an artist team.

• Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older and not a full-time student.

• Applicant(s) cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks Tacoma or the City of Tacoma.

People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are encouraged to apply. 


Metro Parks Tacoma will select a cohort of up to ten artists to participate in a free public art training program, with the goal of preparing artists to move from a studio practice to creating public artworks. Through classroom sessions with experts and a hands-on training project, the cohort will learn about public art, practice responding to calls, write their own project proposals, practice presenting proposals, create and install a training project (temporary public artwork), and leave with portfolio pieces for future applications. Each artist will receive a $500 attendance-based stipend upon completion of the training program, with an additional $1,000 budget for the hands-on training project. Participants will also create a proposal for a permanent public artwork at the Eastside Community Center. One artist or team will be selected to create their proposed project, supported by a $20,000 budget.


The cohort will be selected to reflect the diversity of the Eastside, which could include different art forms, ethnicities, cultural experiences, ages, backgrounds, abilities, etc. Artists will be selected to complement each other and create a diverse working group. The selection panel will reserve the right to not fill all 10 cohort openings and/or re-open the opportunity to create a more diverse and/or complementary working group. Priority will be given to artists with a tie to the Eastside community. Artists of color, first and second generation immigrants, and Indigenous artists are especially encouraged to apply.

Artist Eligibility:

·         ·         Applicants must live in Pierce County, WA

·         Applicants must be 18 years or older

·         Applicants must apply as an individual

·         Applicants must be a practicing visual artist, in any medium, producing artwork on a regular basis

·         Applicants must be available to participate in mandatory training sessions May 5 and June 30 if selected

·         Applicants cannot be an employee, board member, council member, or commissioner of Metro Parks or the City of Tacoma

Selection Criteria:

·         Artistic quality as exhibited in past work

·         Interest in creating permanent public artworks

·         Commitment to furthering artistic practice

·         Ability to contribute to the diversity of the cohort

·         Priority will be given to artists who have not been the lead on a major public art commission (over $20,000)

·         Priority will be given to artists with a tie to the Eastside community, whether geographical, cultural, or historical