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Posted on: February 2, 2024

City of Snohomish Issues Call for Artists to Paint First Street Planters


The City of Snohomish seeks artists to submit proposals for exterior artwork on six temporary planters installed along First Street.

The planters are temporary replacements for the sweetgum trees that previously lined First Street and were removed due to damage incurred during winter storms. The planters will be in place until replacement trees have been identified as part of the City’s First Street Master Plan. 

The theme of this project is “bringing the Snohomish community together.” First Street, and historic downtown Snohomish more broadly, is often seen as the community’s “front porch.” It’s where friends, family, and neighbors meet, shop, dine, and celebrate. Designs should evoke a sense of community, inclusivity, and camaraderie.   

The application is open from Thursday, February 1, 2024, through Thursday, February 29, 2024. Artists must be aged 18 years and older to participate. All artists in the greater Snohomish area are welcome to submit, but preference may be given to artists who live or work within Snohomish city limits. Artists may be full-time professionals, part-time professionals, or hobbyists. Individual artists are welcome to form groups or teams to work collaboratively.  

The City Council has allocated $750 stipends for each planter project, inclusive of (but not limited to) labor, materials, supplies, equipment, and incidentals necessary to complete the project. Submissions will be evaluated by a three-person panel consisting of representatives from the City of Snohomish, Historic Downtown Snohomish Association, and art community. 

This project is the first of several initiatives that the City will undertake in 2024 to promote arts and culture in our community. These projects include public art, community culture events, micro-grants for events at the Snohomish Carnegie Building, and the City’s gateway and signage project. 

To review the full Call for Artists and apply, please visit: