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Performing Arts and Event Center Seeks Public Artist

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Performing Arts and Event Center Seeks Public Artist



The Federal Way Arts Commission is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a site-responsive public artwork. The site will be the newly constructed 41,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts & Event Center in Town Center, to be completed in the summer of 2017. The Arts Commission seeks artists and designers with public art experience and encourages artist-led interdisciplinary teams. The $350,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, travel, community meetings, fabrication, insurance, transportation, installation, and coordination with City staff. 

The Performing Arts & Event Center’s 716-seat theatre will feature regional and national touring acts and will provide an arts education series specifically designed for students in the district.  The venue will also provide a home for the community’s symphony, chorale groups and other musical and theatrical organizations.  The new state of the art facility will provide them a facility to call home and bring their many productions to a new level of excellence.  The Event side of the facility boasts 8,000 square feet that will provide a regional impact beyond the arts–hosting meetings, conferences, and receptions along with a Native American Culinary Institute through its kitchen.  

Project goals and considerations:

  • Speak to the natural beauty and location of the site.
  • Serves as a signature piece for the Performing Arts & Event Center and the Town Center core.
  • Fits well within the context of the site (in terms of scale and design or theme).
  • Shows consideration of the audience, use of the plaza, and view from the interior of the Performing Arts & Event Center by patrons, etc.
  • Considers existing architectural of the building and how to complement and/or wrap with the design of the project.
  • Considers of the use of the facility during both day and evening hours. 
  • Materials and finish artwork shall be of the highest quality and should be designed and fabricated for durability as well as for relatively low maintenance.

From this RFQ, four finalists will be invited and paid $2,000 each to submit concept proposals. All finalists will attend a site visit and meet with City staff and project architects before proposal development. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by the Public Art Advisory Committee based on in-person proposal presentations and interviews.

May 6, 2016                                  All Request for Qualifications due
May 16, 2016                               Notification of finalists sent 
Late May / early June 2016          Finalists site visit with architects and City Staff
June 2016 – Sept. 2016               Proposal development by finalists 
September 2016                           Finalists present proposals to Committee
September 2016                           Finalist chosen
September 2016 –February 2017     Artwork Development and Implementation
Spring 2017                                   Artwork Installation 

Please review the full RFQ for complete project and application information.  Apply through the CaFE system only.



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