Introducing Africatown Plaza
// a project by Africatown Community Land Trust
A Cultural Destination
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Africatown Plaza in Seattle will include 126 new affordable homes and flexible amenities and a standing art collection focused on healing, restoring, and celebrating Black and Pan-African communities in the Central District of Seattle. The community-centered design will provide a 7-story building with a mix of affordable housing units, a community room, office and retail spaces and open plazas for community and resident use.
Africatown Plaza celebrates the core values of African American place-making. By engaging the community in a series of conversations and workshops, GGLO, David Baker Architects, DREAM Collaborative, and Site Workshop have identified the following uniting concepts for the design of the space. - gathering, organic form, roots as a symbol of permanence, movement, wayfinding, connection across borders, offbeat
phrasing, diversity within a grid, and expression of craft. The building design weaves together Afrocentric textures, symbols, patterns and shapes to create flexible spaces that adapt to the changing needs of the community.
The Call for Art
The art curation will feature art by African American artists for over 20 different locations throughout the project - including opportunities for sculpture, integrated art, a mural and virtual reality art installations.
Plaza (Integrated) Artwork
Africatown Community Land Trust is is seeking to commission an immersive, site-specific artwork integrated into courtyard of the new Africatown Plaza. The selected artist(s) will help design and fabricate an integrated public artwork that will work in collaboration with the plaza design.
Africatown Community Land Trust seeks to purchase portable 2D and 3D artwork that exemplifies the spirit of Africatown Plza - which is envisioned to be a space for healing, restoring, and celebrating Black and Pan-African communities in the Central District of Seattle.
Artists are invited to propose abstract pieces that transport the listener to specific time or place. Work may be sampled music, spoken word, mixed recordings, beats, or any other medium that is able to be recorded or translated into an .mp3 file.
The Africatown Community Land Trust is seeking three emerging artists or artist teams to create large-scale murals for the construction fence surrounding the Africatown Plaza future site between 23rd and Spring Street in the Central District of Seattle.
Main Lobby Feature Art
Africatown Community Land Trust invites artists to submit work that will welcome visitors into the lobby of the new Africatown Plaza. Artwork may be photography, painting, textile, sculpture, or of any medium as long as the work is able to be hung on a wall.
Fabric of Africatown
Africatown Community Land Trust invites artists to submit prints and textiles to be integrated into the lobby and amenity spaces of new Africatown Plaza. Prints and textiles will be displayed as wall coverings, upholstery, throw pillows, and poufs.
Africatown AR/VR Collection
Africatown Community Land Trust seeks to purchase 2D and 3D digital artwork for virtual exhibition at the new Africatown Plaza. Artists from around the world are encouraged to submit.
Africatown Office Mural
Africatown Community Land Trust invites artists to submit work for the Offices at the new Africatown Plaza in the Central District of Seattle. Artwork may be photography or painting as long as the work is able to be applied by the artist to the wall.
Community Tile Mural
Africatown Community Land Trust seeks to commission an artist to submit imagery for the community room at the new Africatown Plaza. The artwork will be translated into a durable tile mural. Artwork may be photography, paintings, or of any medium as long as the artwork is able to be translated into a 2D tile mosaic.
Africatown Community Land Trust invites artists or artist groups to submit proposals for column paintings that highlight the deep history of African American artists working with textiles and patterns. Africatown Plaza is envisioned to hold a contemporary African aesthetic and design.
Community Garden Art
Africatown Community Land Trust has invited a community based organization to apply to create a community garden installation that is a collaborative project with local youth. The selected group or non-profit will be expected to collaborate with DREAM Collaborative and Site Workshop to realize the artwork.