Call for Artists

Request for Proposals for Mural Design at the corner of 32nd Ave SW and SW Holden St in West Seattle

[Download a PDF of the RFP]

The Project

Friends of Roxhill Elementary has received a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that includes funding for a mural. We are seeking an artist to create an original small mural at the corner of Holden and 32nd Ave SW, with potential to extend southward along the wall that runs the length of the property on 32nd. This opportunity is open to established artists living in the Seattle/Northwest area. The application deadline is March 1, 2018, with interviews to follow and the final artist selected by April 1, 2018. The selected artist is to complete the mural in summer of 2018. This will be a community-partnered project working with students and community members for inspiration, with installation to take place (also with community assistance) when the weather is suitable.

Roxhill Elementary is moving in fall 2018 to a renovated E.C. Hughes building at 32nd and Kenyon in Southwestern West Seattle. We are using the bulk of the grant to add a playground.

The Award

A maximum of $10,000 Commission for the artist selected to realize his/her work, which must include materials and permits, if required.

Project Intent

The neighborhood near E.C. Hughes — specifically along 35th Ave SW between Webster and Kenyon – is changing. It’s becoming more of a connected, human-scale neighborhood, with multimodal transportation that goes beyond people riding along in cars. Activating the space along Holden as it nears the intersection with 35th, as this project would do, can help create an open, inviting sense of identity. Roxhill is a multi-cultural school and community and the artist must reflect that aspect in his/her work.

Through this project, we also want to build a long-range vision for all our kids’ successes. Working together to create a mural that reflects our hopes, dreams and visions for the future can help connect each of us to each other. We will build relationships both within our school and outside our school through connections with our new E.C. Hughes neighbors and other PTAs and collaborative organizations, as well as through coalition building with West Seattle neighborhood groups and media. It is imperative the selected artist view the project as a collaborative one, and focus on building connections in the way the mural is planned and painted. It will be a very public showpiece that reflects and celebrates our multicultural school and community at large.

Information about the site

The site is a concrete retaining wall at the corner of 32nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden St., approximately 200 square feet (and beyond). [See the Google Street View here.] Foot traffic is increasing over time as density increases and development occurs, and there is interest from neighbors across the street to see the entire wall improved, which is something we’d like to tackle over time. We see the corner mural as a starting point. The mural will be subject to SDOT and Seattle Public Schools regulations and approval.


This call to artists is open to professional artists living in the Seattle/Washington state area. Only professionals with reviewable portfolios are eligible to apply. The selecting committee will consider artistic diversity as a factor in the selecting process.

The selected artist will work with the school, the neighborhood, greater community, the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools to create a durable, site-specific mural. Applicants who wish to apply should have experience working with a public process, in public settings and the artwork must reflect the project intent as stated.

The artist will be required to provide liability insurance and must sign a VARA waiver while working on the site. They should also love to work with children and diverse communities (and submit to a background check).

How to apply

Artists interested must prepare and submit the following:

  • Proposed artwork concept for mural
  • Letter of interest- 1 page maximum why you are interested in the project
  • Artist statement
  • Current resume
  • a list of 3 references

Work Samples

  • A minimum of 8 digital images
  • Artist may include up to 3 selections of support materials such as articles, web links and other related information

Materials must be received by 5 p.m. March 1, 2018. Please email to: Friends of Roxhill Elementary Mural Committee:

Final artist selection

Friends of Roxhill Elementary will review submittals, conduct interviews of our top two or three finalists and make a selection by April 1, 2018. Then, the selected artist will work with our community, conducting surveys, meetings, voting, and/or other methods we decide will work to serve our community’s hopes and dreams for the mural. Through this process, we will develop draft mural concepts, revise the drafts based on community feedback, and develop a final design.  The mural will be painted in June, July and August 2018 depending on weather. Friends of Roxhill will host a final playground and mural unveiling party in August 2018, inviting the community and media to the celebration.

This is a community-driven project and artists must be able to work with the community in all aspects of design and execution. Part of the selection process will involve assessing how well each candidate understands and would do in this type of creative process.

Criteria for selection

  • Initial proposal that reflects intent
  • A body of work reflecting artistic excellence
  • Experience working in public settings
  • Experience installing permanent artwork suitable for outdoors with knowledge of future conservation
  • References

Happy New Year! Happy New Playground…

Hello Roxhill Families and Enthusiasts!

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a wonderful start for you and yours. Over here at Friends of Roxhill Elementary we are amovin’ and agroovin’ to get a playground for our new E.C. Hughes location.

If you haven’t heard, our grant from the city was approved! This means we are all systems GO, here are some of the exciting developments:

  1. Our Word-Wizard, Jenny Rose, has completed the first draft of the RFP. The RFP is basically Roxhill’s playground wish list developed by the students themselves. It will go out to Playground Equipment Contractors so that they can send us their proposals, then we get to pick which one we want. This decision process will include students, families, neighbors and community members- yes, that means YOU.
  2. Mural Project Coordinator Lead, Tisbury, has already met with some artists who are interested in turning that eyesore wall at the E.C. Hughes corner of Holden and 32nd into a work of art. A Call to Artists has been written and will be going out on full blast soon to open up the opportunity to all artists! Once again, the Roxhill community and community at large will be encouraged to be a part of the decision process regarding which artist proposal they would most like to see come into fruition.

So, you can see why we are excited! And so BUSY! Help is needed in many different ways and we would love to have you be a part of this process. If you would like to help, please contact or our Volunteer Coordinator, Julian, at

Other exciting developments…

Come join us at Roxhill Elementary on February 12th at 6PM to hear Roxhill’s very own Mr. Popelka (1st grade) talk about his trip to Holland last year as a Fullbright Scholar Award recipient! There he learned about bridging the achievement gap between students. This event will be Open to the Public, so come, and invite your dentist and grocery bagger too!

January 19th is the Roxhill Family Dinner at Seola Gardens. A lovely Roxhill tradition that brings families together and raises funds for another Roxhill tradition, the 5th grade trip to Islandwood. THIS EVENT IS STILL LOOKING FOR ROXHILL FAMILY SUPPORT! Please contact Susanna if you’d like to contribute.

Oh, there’s also a possible Jog-A-Thon, Student Art Contest and more… like I said, all kinds of exciting stuff!

The Latest on the Playground

We are working closely with Seattle Public Schools to write a request for proposals, which we will then send out to the approved list of playground design/build firms later in the month. After that, our playground committee will create a short list of potential firms and our whole community will be able to come together and share our thoughts.


Notes from our Dec. 11 meeting

Greetings, community! We will be publishing our meeting notes here in condensed form. For the full conversation and to take part in decisions, join with us next in January!

Shawna Patterson-Lystra, Julian Gardner-Irving, Jenny Rose Ryan, Alicyn Roberge, Amanda Kay, Amber Smith, Tisbury Pringle-Ennis, Tarra Patrick, Helen Morrison, Liz Oliver, Jenny Garvin-Bonnici, Helena Hussemi and Jenna Sandoval.

We welcome our visitors Hayden Bass of the PTSA Equity Project, Gretchen DeDecker of Seattle Public Schools and Minh-Chau Le of the Department of Neighborhoods.

PTSA Equity Project
Hayden of the PTSA Equity Project voiced a huge issue happening in Seattle. There are huge opportunity gaps between white students and students of color. While high poverty schools receive more money, there are restrictions on spending, leaving certain schools short on student and staff needs. There are also teacher salary discrepancies between high and low poverty schools. Let’s build on community, fight for equality, and demand more from our Washington State Legislature! For more information and meeting dates/times email: or

Playground & Mural for Our School
Gretchen DeDecker of Seattle Public Schools outlined the process for the playground.

Minh-Chau Le noted that in 2017 the Department of Neighborhoods unveiled new guidelines that lowered the community match by half. This creates fewer barriers and enables more groups to participate.

Jenny Rose Ryan is going through has ‘dream playground’ submissions from students, parents and staff and will start to compile ideas for the subcommittee’s next meeting. Information was well received at the recent Night of Hope…*cough* volcano slide. Once built, playground tours & orientation will commence during the back to school bbq as advised by Tarra Patrick.

Mural Update
Mural timeline is spring 2018 layout and summer 2018 installation with a budget of $10k-15k. Muralist/artist Ernesto Ibarra and Tis Pringle-Ennis reviewed the wall space at 32nd Ave SW and SW Holden Street. Ideas are being developed and a plan is being put together. More information in the next couple months.

Other Updates

    We are learning more about needs for our new school and hoping to identify specific items we can raise funds for.
    We are setting up a separate fund to receive donations for student lunch balances. We have had community members compete to pay the bill in recent years, with a special shout out to Ms. Patrick’s friend from church.
    Our partnership with Zippy’s for the recent Dine Out yielded $700! We are so grateful to Zippy’s! Proletariat Pizza also donated $100 of cheesy goodness for our recent Parents’ Night Out. It takes a village.
    A parent ran the Seattle Marathon in support of Roxhill, bringing in more than $350.
    School counselor Amber Smith’s family donated $500 to our organization.
    Our school catalog sale campaign brought in $1,400.
    We now have a way to give online, through Fundly. See the link in our homepage menu and share with your faraway family and friends!

Upcoming events:

    Dine Out for five Title 1 schools on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Marination Ma Kai on Harbor Avenue in West Seattle.
    Friday, Jan. 26 — Our Next Parents’ Night Out.