RapidRide Expansion Art Master Plan
This Deadline Expired: Monday, September 16, 2019
Develop a master plan for artistic impact across six new bus rapid transit lines with service throughout King County.
Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2019 by 4:00 pm PDT
King County and the Seattle region are experiencing unprecedented population growth. To meet the ever-increasing demand for high quality transit service, a massive expansion of the RapidRide system, King County Metro’s arterial bus rapid transit service, is underway. Six new lines will launch between 2021 and 2025. The lines will serve historically disadvantaged communities, geographies with high ridership potential, and balance transit investment throughout King County, WA. The planning and deployment of these new lines presents an exciting opportunity for artistic impact across the County.
4Culture, which commissions artwork for shared public space, and King County Metro seek a planning artist and/or curator to develop a master plan for artistic impact across the system of six new bus rapid transit lines.
Full details and apply here.
4Culture and King County Metro have a long history of working together on public art projects. For many years, 4Culture commissioned permanent art for integration at transit centers, park and rides, and bus bases. Since 2009, the focus has been on ephemeral art experiences, including a line-specific soundscape and mobile game, an award-winning, multi-lingual poetry program, and development of a world-renowned mural corridor. This RapidRide Expansion Art Master Plan is an opportunity for an artist or team to consider past approaches as well as new ones to develop a broad range of art opportunities for six new RapidRide lines.
RapidRide is King County Metro’s premier service: arterial bus rapid transit. First implemented in 2009, there are six existing lines (A-F) serving King County today. Each day, these lines carry almost 20% of the over 400,000 daily Metro transit trips taken around the Seattle region and represent one of the busiest bus rapid transit systems in the nation.
Budget: $50,000 [Budget is inclusive of artist fee, travel, and applicable taxes. A separate contingency fund has been established for the development of the master plan documentation.]
Eligibility: Open to artists and curators, working independently or as a team, who reside in the United States or British Columbia and have experience doing large-scale, arts-related planning work with a focus on equity and social justice.