About Shunpike: Established by artists in 2001, Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Washington State. To achieve this vision, we provide artists with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Based on our key organizational values of inclusivity, relevance and accessibility, Shunpike strives to serve a diversity of independent artists and arts groups across Washington State, embracing artists working in all art-forms, as well as those identifying as emerging and/or established. 

Our Commitment to Racial Equity:  Inclusion means my voice is heard. Diversity means I am reflected and represented in the organization at every level. Equity means I am supported by systems and policies that ensure I succeed, despite historic patterns of hindered success. Shunpike is committed to this statement of equity and work to ensure that all staff and clients apply this lens to the work that they do.

The Storefronts Program:  In 2010, an innovative consortium of city and neighborhood organizations inaugurated the Storefronts program in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods by activating empty storefronts with vibrant local art and creative projects. At the time, the initiative sought to address high retail vacancy rates that were symptomatic of the economic downturn. Though Seattle's economic climate is now stronger, Shunpike continues to support our creative community and urban neighborhoods by providing opportunities for artists to showcase dynamic, engaging works that reach out to passersby, humanize our built environment, and support urban revitalization.

ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium: In 2017, with community guidance and participation, we held the first annual ACES at the Seattle Armory. ACES is a BIPOC-led event featuring performances, exhibits, workshops, films, presentations, artist talks, and info sessions. Our vision is to establish a space to celebrate and center ourselves, especially in communities of color where crisis breeds innovation. We gather in joy and solidarity, to celebrate our work and to see each other as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.

Amazon AiR - the artist-in-residence program: In 2018 we launched the Amazon Artist-in-Residence program. Every year, 7 artists are selected for a 10-week residency each. The residencies are split between the 1,100 square foot studio space Seattle, and 1,100 square foot studio in Bellevue. This unique program provides several opportunities for interaction with Amazon staff, through workshops, artist talks and exhibitions. Shunpike's AiR Salons also provide an opportunity to present residency work to the general public.

The Studio @ 2+U: In 2021, and in partnership with Skanska, we opened the doors to the Studio @ 2+U. Located on 2nd and University, 2+U is a 38-story high skyscraper office building located in the heart of the city. The Studio is a dedicated 1,100 sq. ft. workshop, rehearsal, and presentation space, and is available at no cost to selected musical, movement, and performing artists.  


The Seattle Office of Economic Development is partnering with Seattle Good Business Network and Shunpike to match 25 vacant downtown Seattle storefronts with pop-up shops and art installations. These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle, support local businesses and support local artists - particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color. This program is funded by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFR) established under the American Rescue Plan.


Activations will begin in December, with projects running for two to four months. Launch dates are flexible and may be ongoing.


There is no cost to participate. Seattle Restored will provide property owners a fixed one-time $1,500 to help support space costs per activation plus $250 to offset utilities. This support to the property owner is a will not be adjusted based on size or duration of activation.

Seattle Restored will obtain liability insurance for each activated property, for the duration of the activation.


  • · Introduce your space to prospective long-term tenants
  • Contribute to efforts that revitalize commercial and community spaces by providing economic opportunities for small businesses and artists
  • Create goodwill in your community
  • Have your space professionally photographed for future use
  • Be included in a citywide multi-media campaign that includes digital, print, radio, transit ads and a dedicated profile page on SeattleRestored.org. Media partners are the Seattle Met, The Stranger, Intentionalist, Seattle Magazine, South Seattle Emerald and more!


  • Allow use of the property with access to electricity for a minimum of two months
  • Review and complete a Seattle Restored contract
  • Collaborate on approval process for modifications to the space
  • Be available to coordinate space renovations and have a point of contact for project coordination and tenant support
  • Allow space to be documented through photography and video
  • Participate in a post-program survey and reporting

Seattle Restored is powered by Shunpike, Seattle Good Business Network, and the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.

Seattle Good Business Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to connect and inspire people to buy, produce, and invest locally, so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy.

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to building an inclusive economy in the City of Seattle. OED works at all levels of our local economy to support small and micro-businesses, partner with Seattle neighborhood business districts, support creative business sectors and workers, partner with key industries that drive innovation, job growth and global competitiveness, and invest in our local workforce with an emphasis on young people, low-income, as well as un- and under-employed adults.


Amazon’s Artist in Residence program returns with the sixth annual call to artists. Selected artists will work at one of two spaces on the Puget Sound Campus. Both the Seattle and Bellevue Studios offer 1,000+ square feet of space. The location of the residency will be determined subject to the artist’s dates of availability.

There are a total of eight residencies available in ten-week increments, with the first residency starting January 2023.

Artist Stipend: $15,000, inclusive of artist expenses and one mutually agreed upon artwork.

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2022

Program Requirements:

  • Artists are required to work in-studio for a minimum of 16 hours per week during business hours for the duration of the ten-week residency. Artists will be available for questions by studio visitors.
  • Artists will offer two employee engagement events. Past events have included an artist lecture, practice-based workshop or open studio event for connection with Amazon employees.
  • Artists will create one unique work to be displayed on the Amazon Campus upon completion of the residency.
  • Artists will provide their own art supplies.
  • Amazon reserves the right to photograph the artist at work and all works created and installed in the art studio for program marketing materials. Images will be made available for artist use.

Eligibility: Residents of Washington State over 18 years of age creating original artwork. Please note, lodging will not be provided for this residency.


Compelling– artistically strong in concept and execution, approachable to a diverse audience and actively seeking to engage with others about their art. Relevant– your art is responsive to and engages with diverse audiences, themes, and ideas. A dynamic artistic process is a central consideration for all proposals.

The framework of the application review process is guided by two of Amazon’s leadership principles. Think Big – we believe that thinking small is a self-fulfilling prophecy so we encourage submissions that communicate a bold direction that inspires viewers. Invent and Simplify –At its best the artistic process is innately innovative. We champion inventive and innovative ideas that break through the constraints of convention and perceived technical limitations.


All applications are reviewed by an independent panel based on relevance, viability, community engagement and creative merit. The panel is made up of art curators, professional artists, Amazonians, and arts administrators.


  • Artist Bio, 400 words or less
  • Artist Statement, 400 words or less
  • 4-6 representative work samples with related work list
  • Project Proposal should include:

               - Conceptual statement of intended project for the residency
              - Example content for educational event
              - Explanation of relevant experience as a teaching artist
              - Total word count for this section: 700 words


The goal of the proposal is to concisely detail the project proposal and elements of audience engagement while in the studio. Highly conceptual art jargon and overlong descriptions are best avoided. It is recommended to compose your application in a Word document, check the word count, and copy/paste your responses into the application form. Shunpike is not able to offer technical support for the online application system.


How large are the studios, and what tools are available?
Seattle Studio: 1,080 square feet. Bellevue Studio: 1,000 square feet. There are no power tools except drills provided. 

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What is the ceiling height of the studio?

Seattle Studio: The ceiling is 10 feet. Bellevue Studio: The ceiling is 12.5 feet.

What lighting is available in the studio?
Seattle Studio: Track lights can be adjusted to meet lighting needs. For natural light there is a bank of windows across the hall from the studio facing east. Bellevue Studio: Two sides of the studio are lined with floor to ceiling windows. Track lights can be adjusted to meet lighting needs.

What is the floor surface/covering?
The floors are polished concrete.

Is the residency only available to individual artists?
The residency is intended to fund one individual artist. We love collaboration however; the stipend would need to be split amongst all participants.

Is the studio ventilated?

The ventilation is limited and fumes must be kept to a minimum.

Are the studio and the corporate facilities wheelchair and otherwise ADA accessible? Yes.

Is parking available?
Parking is available for loading materials and for day to day studio use.

How will I be notified of the application status?
There will be two rounds of panel reviews.  Applicants will be notified of status in mid-September 2022 and with final status to be determined in October 2022.



Contact: info@shunpike.org


Skanska and Shunpike are offering a space at 2+U for artists who have had the most difficulty practicing under COVID-19 restrictions, musical and movement artists. It is an opportunity for musicians and dancers to be loud and expansive again, which has been difficult to accomplish when stuck at home with neighbors.

"Since the pandemic, I have only been able to dance in my living room apartment. As someone who is 6'1" and lives on the third floor, I was so thrilled to have been blessed with an opportunity to move freely and actually fall on a studio floor. I am grateful for the opportunity provided at 2+U."

- Randy Ford, Dancer, and participant in the Studio at 2+U pilot program


2+U is a 38-story high skyscraper office building located in Seattle’s Central Business District. It occupies most of the city block bounded by First and Second Avenue with spectacular views to the south, east, and west. At 2+U, you’re steps away from local restaurants, Pioneer Square, The Waterfront, and entertainment that makes Seattle unique, paired with 2+U’s Urban Village, 2+U is the best the city has to offer. Found below the lifted office tower, the Urban Village is Seattle’s newest outdoor, open-air, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood experience with flexible indoor/outdoor retail and events that celebrate the surrounding arts and creative community. The Studio is a dedicated space within the Urban Village for the local arts community to practice, perform, and exhibit their work. (Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, The Studio is being restricted to a practice space at this time).

The Studio is 1100 square feet, has hardwood floors, a single restroom, and Blue-tooth enabled sound system 

The Studio is 1100 square feet with a maximum capacity of 49 people (when restrictions are lifted), has hardwood floors, a single restroom, and a Bluetooth-enabled sound system.


Selected musical and movement artists and groups will have the opportunity to use The Studio for one day a week for up to three months, free of charge. It is a space for artists to create, practice, gather, and reflect. Upon the completion of their time in the Studio, artists will be eligible to apply again in six months' time. 

Guidelines and eligibility requirements will be reevaluated as Washington state moves into Phase 4 and beyond.

If you have any questions please contact Shunpike Program Manager Martin Tran at martin@shunpike.org.