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Kent Creates exhibit – call for entries

Web platform allows artists to network, share creativity

“Farmers Market” Exhibit open now through July 31

KENT, Wash. — May 8, 2017 – The Kent Arts Commission is seeking entries for an online exhibit via Kent Creates, a web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors.

The most recent exhibit for Kent Creates is open May 1 through July 31 and focuses on the theme of “Farmers Markets.” The call for entries reads:

The Kent Arts Commission encourages artists and creative minds to look to farmers markets for inspiration – bountiful fresh produce; local foods and crafts; gorgeous bouquets of flowers; mingling with friends and neighbors. The “Farmers Market” exhibit is open to any creative endeavor – photographs, paintings, poems, recipes, short films, songs, or stories – anything you can dream up! 

Work may be submitted through July 31, at which time the exhibit will close. The Kent Arts Commission will select the top five pieces, which will receive $100 honorariums and featured status on the site.

Kent Creates encourages Kent residents to be creative; it is a web platform for artists, musicians, writers, crafters, illustrators, dancers, filmmakers, hobbyists, and other creatives to share their work and meet people with similar interests. Creative work of all kinds may be shared on KentCreates.com. Kent Creates is free to use and anyone can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent.

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 124,000.  A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks and exceptional school districts. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Kent

rbillerbeck@kentwa.gov

253-856-5055

 

Call for Artists – Request for Qualifications

City of Kent Arts Commission seeks artists for traffic box wrap project

Deadline is June 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

KENT, Wash. — May 12, 2017 – The Kent Arts Commission invites artists to submit qualifications to create artwork designs to be reproduced as vinyl wraps and applied to traffic signal cabinets in the city.

This opportunity is open to professional and emerging visual artists residing in Washington State and working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap.

Up to five artists will be selected. Each artist will be paid $1,000 for an approved final design and licensing rights that enable the City of Kent to reproduce the design on additional traffic signal cabinets. The City will be responsible for fabrication and installation of the wraps. 

Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to: Kent Parks Cultural Programs office, Kent City Hall, 220 4th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, by 5:00 p.m. on June 30. Applications must include:

• Letter of interest addressing why applicant is interested in this opportunity and detailing relevant experience or qualifications

• Artistic resume or statement summarizing artist’s qualifications and/or past experience

• Two references familiar with the quality of artwork created by the applicant

• List of images: Title, type of work (painting, photography, collage, etc.), material(s), date

• 10 images representative of applicant artwork (submitted on a thumb drive or CD as separate jpeg files)

The Traffic Cabinet Wrap Project is a partnership between the Kent Arts Commission, the Kent Police Department, the office of Economic and Community Development, and the Public Works Department. This cross departmental partnership is intended to curb graffiti and create a visually dynamic and interesting environment in Kent. The project is part of the City of Kent’s Public Art Program.

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 124,000.  A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks and exceptional school districts. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.

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Community Art Support Grant

The City of Kent Arts Commission’s Community Arts Support Program provides financial support for arts projects by arts and cultural organizations, community service groups and individual artists. The program is designed to encourage, develop and support community arts programming that serves the general public in the Kent area. Through the program, the Commission seeks to provide opportunities for innovation and for the development of unique services outside the scope of the Commission’s existing programming. The Kent Arts Commission will support these programs financially as funds are available and budgeted for the year.

We encourage you to contact our office in advance to discuss your proposed project. We will be happy to clarify any restrictions or qualifications in advance so that your application has the best chance for success. New applicants are especially encouraged to call and consult with a staff person. Please call 253-856-5050 with any questions after reviewing the guidelines and application below.

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