Wanted: Musician/Composer for Fremont Bridge Residency

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks a practicing composer and/or musician to be an Artist-in Residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected composer and/or musician will undertake an in-depth exploration of the historic bridge’s role and meaning for the city of Seattle and create music in response to this residency.

The project budget is $10,000 USD ($5,000 for residency, $5,000 for sound project, presentation, documentation), inclusive of all residency costs, project, presentation, documentation of the work, and applicable taxes. Payment will be made in installments based on benchmarks established by ARTS in consultation with the artist.


The call is open to established professional musicians/composers living in Seattle or within 100 miles of Seattle. The artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Artists who are well represented or have received City Artist grants may not be prioritized as highly as those who have not. Students are not eligible to apply.


11 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Pacific Standard Time)


Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, contact CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Please email Kristen Ramirez or call 206.615.1095 with any questions about this project.

Photo by Joe Mabel.

Join Fremont Bridge writer-in-residence, Elissa Washuta at Ophelia’s Books

Come join us at Ophelia’s for their first hours event! They’ll be open later than usual, have refreshments, a reading, and a sale!

Friday, August 19, 2016, 7-9 p.m.
Ophelia’s Books
3504 Fremont Ave. N.,
Seattle, WA 98103
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735873899984010/

Elissa Washuta will be reading this month. She was awarded the Fremont Bridge writing fellowship for the summer, partly in conjunction with the ship canal’s 100-year anniversary. A writer of nonfiction, her first volume, My Body Is a Book of Rules, was published by Red Hen in 2014, followed by her e-book, Starvation Mode, in 2015 on Instant Future. She’s been hard at work on a new book, both in the Fremont Bridge and at various retreats over the summer. An East Coast transplant with PNW roots in the Cowlitz tribe, of whom she’s an active member, she writes consistently on Northwest Native American perspectives, through an interdisciplinary blend of historical analysis and memoir.

Meet the newest artist to grace Fremont’s eclectic universe: Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta has one of the most unique writing studios this summer. She was selected by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to be the writer-in-residence in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge from June through August 2016.

Washuta’s project will include an in-depth exploration of the historic bridge and will culminate in a unique literary work and public presentation this fall. In addition, she will engage the public through social media and community events.

Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and BuzzFeed. Elissa holds an MFA from the University of Washington and currently serves as the undergraduate adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a faculty advisor for Mud City Journal and Saturday editor for The Rumpus. Washuta has received fellowships and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Born and raised in New Jersey, she now lives in Seattle.

Photo credit: Andrew J.S.