The 4Culture Artist Registry – a comprehensive source of pre-qualified artists, ready to realize public and private commissions – will become inactive as of April 30, 2012. This is the planned end of the three year lifespan of the current volume. Future iterations are not being considered at this time.
Diminished revenues have made hard choices in Public Art 4Culture programming necessary. As part of our 2012 Annual Plan development, we carefully examined the Artist Registry program and the intensive staff time and funds committed for outreach, selection, and production and maintenance of the complex web resource. We conducted a survey of artists and constituents and received an overwhelming show of support for the continuation of the program. We understand that the Registry termination will be a loss to many.
However, we are in the business of public art and must maximize the impact of our limited funding. We are obligated to do what we can to best fulfill our mission of commissioning contemporary art for shared public space in King County, ensuring that our infrastructure includes the work and thinking of artists. Such decisions do not happen in a static, institutional environment. We are constantly analyzing the field and learning from our practice.
Since the beginning of the Public Art program in 1973, and reflected in the 1991 launch of the Artist-Made Building Parts Project (precursor to the current Registry and the first of its kind in the country), our goal has been to stimulate creative economic opportunities for artists and promote the integration of art and architecture, generating more vibrant and interesting environments. Going forward, we will continue to conduct our practice with these goals in mind.
Read our 4Culture Artist Registry FAQ for more information.
Questions or comments? Contact Jordan Howland, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.296.4137.