What We're Looking For

  • Wandering Performance: Exciting and outlandish performance based work that is not bound by a single location (examples: marching bands, parades, etc…)
  • Outdoor Stage Performance: performance based work needing a stage that can be brought out onto the festival grounds. (examples: burlesque, acrobats, dance, etc…)
  • Outdoor Street Performance: Exciting performance based work which use the festival grounds in creative ways. Not bound to the walls of a gallery, a stage or theater, our outdoor spaces allow for surprising and unique interactions with our festival audience as they wander the grounds or stand in line (Examples: jugglers, mimes, street magicians, flash mobs, etc…)
  • Large-scale Outdoor Performance: Large-scale performances with strong production values that are both visually and emotionally exciting (examples: Aerialists, sports exhibitions)
  • Outdoor Art Installations: Large-scale works that are visually and mentally arresting and which use the festival grounds in creative ways. Not bound to the walls of a gallery, a stage or theater, our outdoor spaces allow for ideas to take on a larger-than-life quality, and include time-based art, site-specific installation, social sculpture, and visual art that would simply work well in an outdoor setting.

Venue Notes

  • Outdoor Installations: Seattle Center, home of Bumbershoot, is Seattle's largest urban park. It is filled with features—walls, trees, fountains, walkways, lawns, and most noticeably, the Space Needle. All of these features present opportunities for artists to capture and explode the imagination of the public. Outdoor art must conform to standards set by the Seattle Center, will be installed with supervision and limited support from Bumbershoot’s production team, and will be operated by the artist and artist's team.

Materials for Proposal Submission

  1. Contact Information
  2. CV
    • Artist résumé
    • Relevant press clippings or reviews
  3. Project Description & Details
    • Artistic statement
    • Technical requirements
  4. Project Budget Worksheet

Deadlines and Notification

Send relevant materials to:

One Reel
ATTN: Bumbershoot Spectacles & Street Performers Application
P.O. Box 9750
Seattle, WA 98109

Application materials must be delivered no later than Friday, March 21. Notification by April 1 via email.

If you have questions, please contact arts (at) onereel.org.

We're sorry, the application period is closed.