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Site-Specific Poetry

Call for Commissioned Poetry
NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 6, 2020

Site Specific Poetry (002)

The City of Shoreline Public Art Program seeks to commission a series of site-specific poems (texts as well as voice files such as mp3) that will be displayed in parks and urban areas for 2-6 months each as part of a grant-funded project (“Voices in the Forest,” WA State Arts Commission and NEA). Working with the City’s translation services, as well as any bilingual poets, the “Voices in the Forest” project will provide translation of some of the English-language poems into a second language with a corresponding voice file of the poem read aloud.

The Call is open to artists of all kinds in addition to poets and writers; criteria for acceptance emphasize the need for specific visual reference to details in the location that visitors will recognize when they are standing at same spot: a viewer might see a prominent boulder or tree root (or hear a Stellar jay, or smell the pine trees) and read the artist's text referring to some of those same details.

Additional criteria include attention to language effects; general audience subject matter; and equity and inclusion for variety of languages and heritages represented through the Project (more below). The city’s Public Art webpage with texts and audio files will provide a virtual exhibition for 24/7 access to the work.

Download the full Call for Artists for more information

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