About Site-Specific

4Culture SITE-SPECIFIC is a project of 4Culture, King County’s Cultural Services Agency in Washington State, USA. SITE-SPECIFIC presents new art in new ways throughout our King County communities. Through our network of local arts agencies, non-profits, businesses and local governments, we partner in commissioning and presenting new site-specific art happenings – performances, installations, events – each created in direct and specific response to a place. Shopping malls, parks, coffee shops, historic buildings, light rail stations, post offices, forests, fields, lakes…

How it works: Each fall, artists are invited to propose ideas or concepts for developing performances or an installation in a variety of environments or community contexts. We share these concepts with the partners in our network, matching artist projects with presenters. Then we work together to provide funding and technical assistance to make the projects happen. The result: a growing field of boundary-breaking art practices , a spreading network of experienced, supportive presenters from urban to rural communities throughout King County, a fading line between audience, artist, and everyday life. 4Culture SITE-SPECIFIC: presenting new art in new ways.

The Site-Specific Network
Recent Participating Partners
  • Auburn Arts Commission
  • Bellevue Parks and Recreation
  • Burien Arts Commission
  • Des Moines Arts Commission
  • Duvall Cultural Commission
  • Enumclaw Arts Commission
  • Fall City Arts
  • Issaquah Arts Commission
  • Kent Arts Commissio
  • King County Library System
  • Kirkland Cultural Council
  • Mercer Island Arts Council
  • Redmond Arts Commission
  • Sammamish Arts Commission
  • Southeast Effective Development
  • Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Tukwila Arts Commission
  • Vashon Allied Arts
  • University of Washington- Bothell
Recent Co-Presenting Partners
  • GGLO Architects
  • Safeco Foundation
  • Bill Gaylord
  • Peter Hussey
  • Jack Straw Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Seattle Downtown Association
  • Seattle City Light
  • University of Washington Student Services
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Ballard Locks

Site-Specific is supported with King County Lodging Tax funds along with additional in-kind and cash support provided by King County cities, presenting partners, and a $36,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Apply for Site specific

4Culture accepts SITE-SPECIFIC proposals from artists each fall, for projects that will be presented the following calendar year. Proposals are reviewed by our partners in the SITE-SPECIFIC Network, who each determine which artists they would like to work with in the coming year.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2011 SITE-SPECIFIC program. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2010.  Follow the link below for the 2011 Application and Guidelines.

2011 Application and Guidelines >

Bring Site-Specific to your community
Are you interested in SITE-SPECIFIC coming to your neighborhood, park, business, empty storefront window, festival, artwalk, other?

Contact program manager Charlie Rathbun to make it happen >

Join the 4Culture SITE-SPECIFIC Network