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Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate, and install a memorial artwork honoring Billy Ray, his legacy, and the work of Team Billy Ray. Once selected, the artist will work with the design team to identify an appropriate, prominent location at the site. The resulting artwork should incorporate Billy Ray’s likeness and use written elements to tell his story (incorporated or as supporting signage).  As space and budget allow, it may also include seating or other associated amenities that support the piece. The artist will have the opportunity to talk with key family and friends, in order to honor Billy Ray’s energy, essence, and humanity, and may choose to use his inspiring quote: “you got this”. Most importantly, the artwork should be a welcoming, interactive space for remembering and honoring Billy Ray’s powerful story. Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply, with priority given to artists with a tie to the Eastside community.


  • Applicant(s) must live in Washington or Oregon

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

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older