The Tacoma Arts Commission, in partnership with the American Leadership Forum Tacoma Class XVI, seeks a professional artist or artist team with extensive experience in community engagement to develop and implement a public art project around the topic of “the opportunity gap.” The ideal artist or artist team should be able to engage with Tacoma’s diverse, multi-generational communities to explore connections between Tacoma’s human rights history and current human rights imperative — the opportunity gap — and determine how the connections might be expressed through public art. A component of the project will include documentation of the artists’ involvement in the community, a distillation of themes and inspiration derived from local engagement and plans on how to perpetuate the project. It is desired that this work create a foundation for continued opportunities for community participation in public art expressions around topics of human rights. Applicants may apply as a single artist or as an artist team, be professional artists, 18 years or older and not a full-time student and reside in Washington or Oregon. The deadline for submission is Oct. 31, 2010. For a complete prospectus, go to http://www.tacomaculture.org/arts/opportunities.asp .