The last few weeks have generated some exciting new updates for the Prairie Line Trail project! A Call to Artists has been released (see press release below), which marks the next step in the project: finding artists/teams of artists who will create installations for the PLT.
The deadline for submissions is November 10th, with finalists interviews happening in December. The selection process will be completed by the end of 2016!
Coinciding with the artists selection process, the draft for the Interpretation Strategy will be complete by December 1st. This document will be an essential aid to the artists selected for creating installations that interpret various aspects of history on the PLT.
Speaking of exciting developments, construction on the Pacific Avenue to Dock Street (Phase I) segment of the Prairie Line Trail has begun! Work on the site will continue up to Thanksgiving 2016 and then shut down over the holiday season. Work will resume following New Years and is expected to be complete by April of 2017.
From the City of Tacoma, Washington
City Issues Call to Artists for Projects Along Prairie Line Trail
–Application Deadline is Midnight on Nov. 10–
The City of Tacoma invites artists and/or artist teams who reside in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia, to submit qualifications for one of four $55,000 commissions to create artwork along a segment of the Prairie Line Trail in downtown Tacoma. Each artwork will provide historic interpretation for an important location or theme along the trail in an artful way. The application deadline is midnight on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.
“We are excited to see how artists interpret the significance of this historic corridor in an engaging and dynamic way,” said Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight. “It will be a great opportunity to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds, while connecting people with the unique history of Tacoma.”
Selected artists will be encouraged to represent less told stories along the trail, and artists with diverse cultural perspectives are encouraged to apply.
The Prairie Line is historically significant as the west coast terminus of the Northern Transcontinental Railroad. The former BNSF Railway traveled the line through the Brewery District, University of Washington-Tacoma campus, past Tacoma Art Museum, and down to the Thea Foss Waterway – strengthening an important connection between downtown and the waterfront. Once completed, this rail to trail conversion of the Prairie Line Trail will create a linear park and active transportation gateway to the waterfront; build on downtown Tacoma’s natural, historic, and cultural assets; and become an integral component of the vision of an attractive, livable, and revitalized downtown.