Beacon Hill Public Art Bike Tour

Grab your helmets and join us for a FREE bicycle tour of public art in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Partnering with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is offering a family-friendly, seven-mile (round trip) bike tour for all ages and abilities that will take you from Jimi Hendrix Park/Northwest African-American Museum to Jefferson Park.

We will stop to view these public artworks—including the four sites below in the City’s collection—and more, including at the Centilia Cultural Center at El Centro:

Artists Elizabeth Conner (Drawing the Land and Painting and Sculpting the Land) and Gerard Tsutakawa (Urban Peace Circle), and others will join us to talk about their artworks. Participants will also learn about other bike routes in the region that feature prominent public artworks.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Tour Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tour starts: Jimi Hendrix Park, 2400 S Massachusetts St. (24th Ave S & S Massachusetts St). Meet at the shelter (pictured here).

This easy-paced tour will take you on public streets, bicycle lanes and multi-use trails. Participants need to provide their own bike (or use a dock-less ride share bike) and helmets are required.

Temporary art on the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Opening celebration for Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday, August 11th from 12 – 4pm at the Rainier Beach Playfield


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), will be celebrating the opening of the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday August 11th from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Playfield.

The Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles stretching from the Rainier Beach Branch of the Seattle Public Library to Mount Baker. The route includes improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, and pavement repairs that make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.

SDOT and ARTS commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway for Art Interruptions 2018. The artworks inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Participating artists are Susan Ringstad-Emery, Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Karey Kessler, Miya Sukune, Isobel Davis, Lana Blinderman, and Lawrence Pitre. Art Interruptions is funded by the Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Arts Funds.

All community members and kids are invited to join in the celebration on August 11. The following organizations will be at the event:

  • Parks Department Greenway Initiative
  • Trees for Neighborhoods – apply for free trees
  • Seattle Department of Transportation – vision zero information and games
  • Office of Arts & Culture – art scavenger hunt with a chance to win a free popsicle
  • Info on making your street a “Play Street”

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A Nation Is a Massacre: Art activation on King Street Station Plaza

Demian DinéYazhi’ and R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment
Saturday, August 4 2018 – 11am-7pm, King Street Station Plaza – 4th Ave S. & Jackson St
Free – Open to the Public – All Ages – Bring items to silkscreen


Demian DinéYazhi & R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment


A Nation is a Massacre creates awareness about ongoing settler-induced violence against Indigenous bodies. Presented here is the project’s newest version, adapted for King Street Station by artist/activist initiative R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and its founder Demian DinéYazhi’, in collaboration with yəhaw̓.

Text and image-based posters from A Nation is a Massacre will be screen-printed on site and distributed for free to the public. Visitors are invited to bring their own shirts, totes, patches, flags, or other memorabilia to have printed. The Indigenous Vote booth will also be present for new voter registrations.

On the occasion of the fourth annual Seattle Art Fair, with the influx of visitors it brings onto Coast Salish land, Demian DinéYazhi´ and yəhaw̓ hope that this installation of A Nation Is a Massacre will create cross-cultural connections and broader social engagement with Indigenous activism and our shared rights to life.

This project is supported by the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Vision for Public Art Seattle Public Utilities

Vaughn Bell was the artist-in-residence at Seattle Public Utilities’ Drainage and Wasterwater division for two years starting in 2016. She worked closely with SPU staff to develop an art master plan to guide future public art commissions integrated into SPU Drainage and Wastewater projects.

SPU’s Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways is a strategy to control combined sewage overflows and reduce stormwater-related pollution in Seattle’s waterways. Bell created a two-part art master plan that guides 1% for art investments for SPU’s drainage and wastewater work. Book 1, The Vision for Public Art in Drainage and Wastewater, provides a unified conceptual framework for art projects. Book 2 is a catalog of potential public art projects that can be implemented over many years.

Throughout the plan Bell’s Guiding values are:

  • Engage people across generations and cultures
  • Promote environmental justice and equity
  • Commission diverse artistic approaches, media, scale and forms
  • Support and empower artists to create work that is rich, rigorous, deeply considered, relevant and specific to site and context
  • Promote art experiences that are meaningful, inspiring, thought-provoking and accessible

Book 1 unifies the vision for public art around a number of key aspects including:

Equity, Accessibility, Relevance and Engagement: artworks should be accessible to a diverse audience while maintaining rigor, relevance, depth of meaning, and esthetic value. The Drainage and Wastewater public art program seeks to address fundamental issues of equity and environmental justice by applying an equity lens to all aspects of the public art process, and by actively seeking out opportunities to engage communities in these issues through public art.

The vital work of drainage and wastewater in Seattle: Seattle is a city of water, by zooming out to see the connection of clouds, pipes, streets, swales and Sound, we begin to grasp the scale and importance of the work that drainage plays.

What art can do: witnessing the work of SPU drainage and wastewater, and seeing the flow of water through our environment, offers us the chance to experience our place as a complex ecology. Likewise, art can make the connection to science through acts of translation and creative communication.

The projects underway from Bell’s plan are the following Ship Canal Water Quality Project activities:

Tunnel Effluent Pump Station (Ballard) artist Jeffrey Veregge, of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, will work with the design team to create site-integrated art at this facility

24th Ave Northwest Pier (Ballard), artist Christian French was selected to design inlays to be integrated into the concrete surface for the public pier at the street end of 24th Ave NW and NW 54th St.

Wallingford East Shaft Site, RYAN! Fedderson, Confederated Tribes of the Colville will work to create artwork at this facility.

Fremont Site of the Ship Canal Water Quality Facility (also at Queen Anne) Project– the team of artist Preston Singletary, Tlingit, and David Franklin, will work on two sites on either side of the Ship Canal.

Vaughn Bell herself will create a series of artworks, called Connective Thread, that will link the various projects and bring above-ground attention to the underground connectivity of these projects.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces 14 U.S. Cities in the Running to Receive Up to $1 Million in Funding for Public Art Projects that Address Civic Issues

Proposals Address a Range of Issues from Sustainability to Immigration Selected Cities Span from Anchorage to Honolulu

NEW YORK July 18, 2018 – Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced 14 finalists who could receive up to $1 million each as part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied with proposals addressing a range of pressing issues and social themes such as community development, environmental sustainability, and cultural identity. Many proposals also address issues like displacement, immigration, natural disaster recovery, and public health and safety. Additionally, the proposals reflect a diverse use of artistic mediums including augmented reality, light installations, murals, and performances.

“This year’s proposals focus on critical issues facing our country in exciting and creative ways,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City 2002-2013. “The Public Art Challenge helps to highlight the role that public art plays in provoking conversation, supporting collaboration, and building strong communities, and we’re looking forward to announcing the winners.”

In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues, and demonstrate an ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies. Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected the following 14 cities to advance to the next round for consideration by submitting more detailed plans on their projects.

Anchorage, AK – Addressing Energy Policy and Economic Development: “SEED Community”

The City of Anchorage proposes a partnership with the Anchorage Museum to address climate change. The partnership creates “SEED Lab,” a center bringing together artists, designers, engineers, and community members to embed energy efficient solutions into city planning. The partnership will turn a neglected downtown building in the city’s nascent design district into a vibrant and vital civic center.

Austin, TX – Promoting Cultural Equity: “Right to the City”

The City of Austin proposes filling public parks in underserved communities with artwork to shine a light on cultural equity. The city seeks to encourage collaboration with artists by creating works that reflect the city’s unique cultural heritage and identities. The installations will come together through a partnership with the city, the Contemporary Austin Museum, and artist collective SUPERFLEX.

Baltimore, MD – Enhancing Public Safety by Reducing Violence: “The Baltimore Resurgence Project”

The City of Baltimore proposes creating a series of murals and sustainable landscape projects to address public safety in connection with Baltimore’s Violence Reduction Initiative. The proposed project will be a multi-sector collaboration between the Arts & Parks organization, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice.

Camden, NJ – Transforming Illegal Dumping Lots into Arts Spaces: “A New View”

The City of Camden proposes transforming lots currently used for illegal dumping along major transportation highways into spaces with arts programming. Spaces located along the city’s downtown transit hub will be converted into multi-purpose community forums to host art installations and provide a visual narrative to the more than 65,000 people who travel through Camden daily.

Coral Springs, FL – Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: “The Power of Art”

The City of Coral Springs in partnership with the City of Parkland proposes developing five temporary installations to bring the community together in collective healing and reflection following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February of 2018. The artworks will serve as the community’s vision of change and hope for the future. The project will draw on and support Coral Springs Museum of Art’s “Healing with Art,” an art therapy program which began as an immediate response to the shooting.

El Paso, TX – Strengthening Cross-Border Relations between the U.S. and Mexico: “Border Tuner”

The City of El Paso proposes the development of a large-scale light and sound installation that highlights connections between El Paso in the U.S. and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. The piece will provide a platform for a wide range of local voices and will be an opportunity to draw international attention to the complexity and interdependence between the sister-cities which create the largest bi-national metropolitan area in the western hemisphere.

Holyoke, MA – Celebrating Diverse Cultural Identities: “El Corazón de Holyoke/The Heart of Holyoke”

The City of Holyoke proposes developing visual art, performances, and cultural programming that celebrates the cultural identities of Latinx neighborhoods surrounding the city’s main street. This project aims to use the arts to improve neighborhood perceptions, support cultural pride, and catalyze economic opportunity.

Honolulu, HI – Shedding Light on Historical Narratives through Public Art: “Layers of Honolulu”

The City of Honolulu proposes creating augmented reality art experiences layered on ten bronze statues to tell the stories of Hawaiian communities that have been displaced due to colonialism and urban development. The city will also create and add augmented reality to two new temporary statues that honor underrepresented communities.

Jackson, MS – Inspiring Dialogue about Food Access: “Fertile Ground”

The City of Jackson proposes a city-wide exhibition with installations and performances to promote dialogue and inform policy related to food access. Installations and performances that explore food sovereignty, nutrition, domestic hunger, and the agrarian landscape will be deployed across areas of the city experiencing food access issues.

Miami-Dade County, FL – Raising Awareness about Climate Change through Public Art: “Climate Sync Miami”

Miami-Dade County’s proposal explores the urgent issue of rising seas and its impact on Miami through a series of site-specific temporary public art interventions. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, through its Art in Public Places Program, will commission 8-12 art works. The pieces, by internationally renowned artists and outstanding Miami-based artists, will be placed in 10 neighborhoods throughout Miami and Miami Beach at parks, libraries, and transportation locations.

Santa Rosa, CA – Exploring Resiliency and Natural Disaster Recovery: “Home”

The City of Santa Rosa proposes an artist residency program to explore concepts of home and resiliency in the aftermath of the recent and unprecedented wildfire disaster. Artists will be “residents” in active city agencies and have access to historical archives, community programs, and gallery space through a partnership with the Museums of Sonoma County. The residency will conclude with a public art exhibition and installations.

Seattle, WA – Illuminating Gentrification and Celebrating Identity: “Growing Home”

The City of Seattle proposes a series of public art installations that celebrate the cultural identities of the city’s Africatown to spark conversation about gentrification. Each structure would represent familiar places that together create a community – a barbershop, a library, a church, a café, and a restaurant. Each site will be formed in partnership with existing or displaced businesses and institutions. To amplify each physical installation, the Young Geniuses, Africatown’s youth tech group, will develop a digital platform to crowdsource ideas about the future development on each site.

St. Louis, MO – Exploring the Legacy of Displacement: “Facing Mill Creek Valley”

The City of St. Louis proposes a public art exhibition to address displacement. The project will explore the legacy of Mill Creek Valley, a predominantly African-American neighborhood established in the late 19th Century and razed in the 1950s and 60s to make way for the construction of a freeway. Artists will engage with local historians, community leaders, and historical materials to create artworks along a newly developed pedestrian corridor under the freeway.

Tulsa, OK – Reclaiming History through Public Art: “Greenwood Art Project”

The City of Tulsa proposes a public art project that celebrates a vibrant community in the Historic Greenwood District known as Black Wall Street. Comprised of black-owned businesses that emerged in the early 20th century, in 1921, Black Wall Street was subject to both racially motivated attacks and destructive urban renewal projects in the 1950s. A team of artists will develop artwork that deepens the collective understanding of the Greenwood story.

“This year’s applications reflect a diversity of creativity and exciting experimentation for the public to experience, and the willingness of civic leaders to embrace artists in addressing complex urban challenges.” said Kate D. Levin, head of Bloomberg Philanthropies arts team. “We are grateful to the cities that applied to this year’s Public Art Challenge, and look forward to learning more about our finalist projects.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will select at least three winners from among these 14 finalists in the fall to execute their projects over a maximum of 24 months. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters. As such, the Bloomberg Philanthropies grants will cover project-related expenditures including development, execution, and marketing, but will not fund 100 percent of the total project costs.

The Public Art Challenge is a part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. The Public Art Challenge allows mayors and artists to join forces to elevate the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has a proven track record of supporting creative and innovative public art. Over 400 cities have submitted proposals for consideration in the Public Art Challenge since 2014. The foundation’s inaugural Public Art Challenge catalyzed $13 million for local economies across the four winning regions and illuminated civic issues including economic decline, vacancy, water conservation and police-community relations.

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