Public Art Bootcamp

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The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway Public Art Bootcamp is a FREE training over two evenings that explores queer art, queer history, and the intersectional impact of AIDS/HIV across many communities.

It’s offered by the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture in collaboration with The AMP. We’re looking for artists who are interested in working in the public realm but have never done so before. Artists chosen for The AMP Public Art Bootcamp will receive an introductory training in public art practice and will be eligible to compete for a commission for one of several temporary projects. These projects will honor the impact of HIV/AIDS at the site of the memorial.

The Bootcamp will feature presentations and projects by a combination of public art administrators and public artists. The Bootcamp will cover:

  • What is Public Art?
  • What is The AIDS Memorial Pathway
  • Public Art opportunities – temporary, permanent, portable works and more
  • Budgets and Contracts
  • Community and Cohort Building
  • Fabrication and Installation

The AMP Public Art Bootcamp takes place over two Wednesday evenings at Seattle Central College, Room BE4106, 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 | 6:00pm –10:00pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm


Public Art Boot Camp provides training to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm because breaking into the field of public art is difficult. The Bootcamp will teach skills needed to succeed in public art, including examples of public art, budgets, contracts, fabrication, and more. It will also bring community together around issues unique to queer art, history, and the impact of AIDS and HIV. This public art Bootcamp will embrace artists who explore art forms not normally considered “fine art” such as handwork, literary art, music, socially-engaged practice, textiles, performance, dance, puppetry, culinary art, horticulture, and so forth.

This Bootcamp is open to artists living in the Puget Sound region who have not received a temporary or permanent public art commission over $5,000 (an artwork that is created by an artist at the request of an entity: public agency, corporation, or individual and that is/was displayed in a public location). Applicants should have an interest in exploring the presentation of their work in public settings, an interest in community-building, and a connection to HIV/AIDS and/or the LGBTQ+ community. Priority will be given to emerging artists, artists from historically under-represented communities and communities of color.


The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway will be a series of permanent community-driven public art projects that honor the impact of the AIDS epidemic on our region. The artworks will be located at multiple sites at the Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development, the north end of Cal Anderson Park, and the E. Denny Way festival street. This new site will include new residential and commercial buildings, open spaces, and access to Cal Anderson Park.

This Public Art Bootcamp prepares artists to apply for these public art opportunities! Prior to the implementation of the permanent artworks, a series of temporary public artworks will be integrated into the future home of the TOD. There will be up to four (4) public art projects per year over two years, as a way of building interest and attention to the future development which opens in 2020. The bootcamp will help you prepare to apply for these opportunities. Each temporary public art project will have a budget of $4,000 – 6,000. The projects will live on-site from May 2019 – May 2020.


Applications are due by 11:00pm (PST) Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a small panel and successful applicants will be notified by Friday, January 18, 2019. To apply, email the following documents (saved as PDFs or JPEGS, or sent in a single link) to

  • Letter of interest. 200 characters maximum or created as an audio/video file not to exceed 1.5 minutes. Please describe your connection to and/or interest in the HIV/AIDS and/or the LGBTQ+ community and what kind of art you make.
  • Resume. 2-pages maximum (this is optional)
  • Work Samples. 6 total images, saved as JPEGs at 1920 pixels on the longest side

Hold Dates: Wednesday 2/6/2019 & Wednesday 2/13/2019. Please put hold dates on your calendar; participants must attend both dates and we will create a waitlist.

We’re here to help! If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kristen Ramirez at: or (206) 615-1095
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM