With a mission to broaden the field of professional public artists to include better representation from emerging artists and artists from historically under-represented communities and communities of color, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture offered Public Art Boot Camp in Spring 2015. An intensive free two-day basic training in public artwork, Public Art Boot Camp, provided a boost to artists ready to translate their studio or gallery experience into the public realm. Through a competitive process, 30 artists were selected to participate. They attended workshops featuring topics such as finding opportunities, selection processes, contracts, working with design professionals, approvals, fabrication, installation and more. Participants were included in an invitational opportunity to create temporary artworks for “Art Interruptions: Rainier Valley Greenway” and “Seattle Center Sculpture Walk”. Following Public Art Boot Camp, 14 of the 30 participating artists received their first public project commissions through our office or other organizations. The program went on to garner national recognition from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network's 2016 Year in Review.
Building on a successful first year, the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT), continued to provide a flexible and creative professional development support for artists and arts administrators. SALT hosted a networking event, speaker series, a scholarship to the Americans for the Arts annual conference, and a book club. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought-provoking workshops, networking and training with a racial equity focus to the Seattle’s arts ecology. Events are free and open to anybody who wishes to join. Sign up for updates about upcoming programs. Continue on to 2016 Mayor's Arts Award