Summer Art in the Park 2013

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Right now, the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) is accepting proposals from individuals and groups for their Summer Arts in the Park program. Proposals are due Friday, May 10th.

While you may know about our city’s arts office and the important contributions it provides to Seattle’s ranking as a top U.S. arts destination, you may not be aware that Seattle’s DPR contributes, as well.

Their summer arts program is designed to provide summer learning opportunities, build self esteem, promote cross-cultural experiences, build ongoing participation in Parks, including welcoming drop-ins, and support the City’s Youth and Families Initiative. Up to $8,400 will be awarded for each of four parks: Othello Playground, Lakeridge Playground, Judkins Park, and Maplewood Playfield.

Summer Art in the Park is intended to offer fun, innovative, curriculum-based visual and performing arts activities in our parks for children, families, early childhood education facilities, and community centers.

The winning proposers are expected to offer activities complimentary to existing uses of each park while providing programming that appeals to young children ages 5 to 9 and teens ages 10 to 14 starting June 24th, ending August 16th, 2013.

Susan Tidwell temporary installation in Occidental Park, 2011.

Susan Tidwell’s temporary 2011 art installation in Occidental Park.

Proposers must also participate in the Free Summer Food Service Program, provided by the Seattle Human Services Department and coordinated through Seattle Parks and Recreation, as well as participate in the End of the Summer Celebration – a performance showcase, food and visual art display held August 15th.

Electronic submissions are not being accepted. Proposers must snail mail their applications to:

2013 Summer Art in the Park Program RFP
City of Seattle, Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Out of School Time Office
Attn: Daisy Catague
4209 W Marginal Way SW
Seattle Washington 98106

For more information, call DPR at 206-615-0303 or email Click here for DPR’s “Request for Proposals” website and scroll down to find the RFP.

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