The City of Tacoma has issued a call to artists and/or artist teams who reside in Oregon, Washington state, or British Columbia to submit qualifications for a $210,000 commission to create permanent public artworks that will act as gateways to the Lincoln Business District. In addition, the artist will work with the design team to affect the aesthetic design of the streetscape, and assist in identifying additional opportunities for local artist participation. The selected artist will have experience working with diverse cultural communities and be successful creating aesthetically strong artwork that results from meaningful community engagement.
“We are excited to get an artist involved to engage the community in a meaningful way resulting in artwork that will contribute to the identity and sense of place in the Lincoln District,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.
The application deadline expires on Tues., Sept. 8.
The development of the Lincoln Business District and neighborhood is one of the Tacoma City Council’s strategic focuses. The Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization Project is a multi-departmental effort to strengthen and improve the area by investing in public safety; economic development, urban design and community vitality; housing and property conditions; and code compliance and neighborhood beautification.
Public art is one of the City’s strategies for revitalizing the Lincoln District.
“The public art component of the Lincoln District Revitalization Project will enhance the streetscape improvements we have planned and make a positive impact on the business district and surrounding neighborhoods. It also provides a great opportunity for community engagement and I’m excited about the possibilities of this project,” said Tacoma City Councilmember Marty Campbell.
A complete prospectus is available online at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.
UPDATE | TUES., NOV. 10 @ 8 A.M. — The pending agenda for the Tacoma City Council meeting on Tues., Nov. 17, includes a resolution authorizing the execution of a $210,000 contract with Portland, Ore.-based, artist Horatio H. Law for the Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization Public Art Project.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of Tacoma’s Lincoln International Business District, click on the following links:
- Open house offers early peek at Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization Project (Tacoma Daily Index, June 26, 2015)
- Lincoln District Streetscape Project open house June 25 (Tacoma Daily Index, June 19, 2015)
- Tacoma Daily Index Top Stories — May 2015 (Tacoma Daily Index, June 1, 2015)
- Surplus Lincoln District street lamps could fund neighborhood improvement projects (Tacoma Daily Index, May 7, 2015)
- Tacoma to donate iconic Lincoln District street lamps (Tacoma Daily Index, April 29, 2015)
- LED street lights coming to Tacoma’s Lincoln International Business District (Tacoma Daily Index, March 2, 2015)
- New Alcohol Impact Area to be considered for Lincoln District (Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 7, 2008)
- Lincoln Business District hosting Tet celebration this Saturday (Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 13, 2002)