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Call for Outdoor Community Theater Performances at Shoreline’s City Hall Campus (Summer 2020)

SHM Historic drama photo 1917

1917 Historic drama photo, courtesy of the Shoreline Historical Museum

The City of Shoreline seeks community theater groups for a series of 6 – 9 performances in August 2020 (beginning the second weekend; usually Thursday – Saturday nights), at Shoreline City Hall in Shoreline WA, 17500 Midvale Ave N., as part of the city’s Celebrate Shoreline Festival. The venue is situated on the east side plaza & courtyard where a sloping lawn provides ample space for audiences. The lobby and interior may be available in case of rain. 

Content is open, in keeping with an all ages venue. Optimal cast size is 3 – 8. We are especially interested in work by emerging playwrights as well as dramatic performance traditions from other cultures (e.g., Butoh, Kabuki, etc.). The city will award a $5,000 contract to the selected group in addition to providing support in terms of coordination, promotion, and printing. Performances can be ticketed; we suggest donation or low-cost admission. Previous experience in presenting a series of performances is required. 

Submissions are reviewed by a jury panel consisting of the city’s Public Art Coordinator, the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council staff, and local arts supporters. 

There is no fee to apply. Interested groups should submit the following materials to  by Dec. 30, 2019

  • Proposal, 2-3 pages, including tentative plays (groups must eventually secure rights if selected), number of performances, resources in hand (sound & light; costumes; actors) and resources needed
  • A tentative budget, ideally including additional financial resources such as grants (4Culture’s Open 4Culture program is especially recommended)
  • Portfolio of past works (up to six images of max. 3 MB; list of previous performances, venues, estimated audiences).

Download a PDF of the Call


Call for Temporary Environmental Artwork

Out of One_Tony install

As a means of fostering new interpretations of art and nature in urban spaces, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program encourages artists to propose temporary artworks for display in parks (along trails, glades, meadows, and reclaimed gravel pits), especially Brugger’s Bog, North City, and James Keough Parks (but also other parks and sites), to encourage audiences to visit these resources as well as to exercise and spend time in comparative silence. Walking, way-finding, and searching for the "hidden" artwork is a primary component of the project.

Placement within these sites may be proposed by the artist, with final determination by staff.  

A display period of at least three months is preferred, with fall and winter providing early darkness for video projection or light art. Work that incorporates natural and/or re-cycled materials is especially welcome, as are projects that are less object-based and use GIS, GPS, sound, space, and light technologies. For object-based projects, we encourage artworks that are resistant to vandalism or damage, since the locations are remote and not secured by guards or video monitors. Landscaping materials like erosion control tubes, geotextile, burlap, jute, and edging, are encouraged. Use of on-site invasive flora (such as ivy vines or Scotch broom) or downed branches is also a possibility, pending consultation with arborists.

Proposals will be reviewed periodically depending on interest; at this time there is no deadline. The City is able to offer in-kind project support in terms of mechanical equipment, no-fee use of the park, and promotion (website and newsletters). Shoreline’s 14 different neighborhoods are also excellent resources for community engagement and outreach. For time and materials, selected artists are offered honoraria of $1,500  following installation. Since many projects can easily cost far more than our funding can support, artists are also encouraged to seek additional funding from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Allied Arts Foundation, Artists Up, as well as crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, RocketHub, Quirky, etc.  

We are happy to meet to discuss options and visit various sites. 

To Apply

Send the following to with ‘Groundswell’ in the subject line and the following:

  1. A letter or brief statement of interest
  2. 2-page Artist Resume
  3. Artist’s statement with website address, if applicable, and a 250 word description of the idea
  4. Up to six digital images of previous work (low res is encouraged for ease of file sharing; 5 MB or below) that reflect a cohesive body of work
  5. Image list that includes title, year of creation, medium, size and budget scope
  6. A budget for the proposed project

Selection Criteria:

  • Creative use of materials
  • Site appropriateness
  • Durability for proposed time-frame
  • Consideration of audience interaction
  • Appropriate installation and removal plans
  • Preference to Northwest regional artists (emerging or established) 


Future Exhibitions at Shoreline City Hall and Spartan Recreation Center

Spartan Rec Center lobby art gallery
                     Spartan Recreation Center Lobby

The City of Shoreline Public Art Program invites local and regional artists and curators to submit work for consideration for exhibitions at City Hall (17500 Midvale Ave. N.) and the Spartan Recreation Center (202 NE 185th, lobby area). Work can be 2D or 3D and must be appropriate for a general audience. While the space is secure, the work is not able to be insured during exhibition. Artists are asked to sign a liability waiver. Work can be for sale with a 70/30 commission (artist/city art program). Exhibition period varies and rotates as needed by artist with a 3-month minimum display period. If accepted to show, all work must be hand delivered – no shipped work will be accepted.

To Apply: Send the following to:

A letter or brief statement of interest (curatorial prospectus with proposed artists bios, sample work)

  1. 2-page Artist Resume
  2. Artist’s statement with website address, if applicable
  3. Up to six digital images (low res is encouraged for ease of file sharing; 5 MB or below) that reflect a cohesive body of work with an image list that includes title, year of creation, medium, size and price


Public Art Coordinator David Francis
(206) 801-2661


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