Walk down Broadway and something in one of the storefront windows is sure to catch your eye. But for window spaces without a pair of sparkly platform pumps, a cupcake or a pre-worn jacket for sale, Seattle Storefronts allows room for something eye-catching.
We’ve told you about Storefonts, a streetscape activation program of Shunpike, before. The program connects artists and entrepreneurs with empty retail spaces and fills them with everything from paper puppet skeletons to a blanket of 2,000 white coffee filters.
The program – which was founded in 2010 and has expanded from bleak storefronts in Pioneer Square and the International District to South Lake Union, Auburn, Rainer Beach and Capitol Hill – is now inviting artists and entrepreneurs to participate in this year’s designs.
Creators are invited to apply for the two program tracks (Installation and Creative Enterprise), but hurry, the deadline to apply for Storefronts Seattle is 11 p.m. on March 17.
Here’s more about the programs:
Installations offer artists a temporary storefront space to display any two- dimensional, three-dimensional or new media artwork. The program offers artist fees of up to $1,000 to support the creation of new work, or the installation of existing work. Works in this track are viewed from outside the closed storefront only (through the windows). If you are interested in applying for the
Creative Enterprise provides a space to experiment and test out new creative business ideas.
Creative Enterprise participants will have access to a space for three to six months, dependent on space availability and number of applicants. Creative Enterprise spaces are open to the public, and Creative Enterprise participants must hold appropriate City of Seattle and State of Washington licenses and permits, as well as a general liability insurance policy. Selected artists and/or artist teams will be required to hold set business hours.
Examples of possible Creative Enterprise uses:
- Museums and galleries – Businesses that exhibit a creative/innovative emphasis -
- Retail space for hand-made items (i.e. jewelry, fashion, art, etc.)
- Services (i.e. art classes, design advice, etc.)
- Merchandising a creative product
Visit Storefronts Seattle to learn more and apply.