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King County seeking artists for hazardous materials education program

Artists interested in using their skills to engage communities and take a new look at the toxic materials in everyday life are invited to answer 4Culture’s call for two new public art projects.

A collaborative effort between the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and 4Culture,  the project will commission artists to combine hazardous materials information and art in a comic book and a short film. These materials will be used by the program to elevate community awareness on an ongoing basis.

“Many of the products we bring in our homes can contain hazardous materials, but it is challenging to know how to talk about the risks. By working with artists we hope to find innovative and engaging ways to inform the public,” said Dave Waddell, manager of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Hidden Hazards in the Arts.

“This is an exciting opportunity for artists to show the power of visual storytelling, and further the role of art in fostering social change,” said Tamar Benzikry-Stern, project manager for 4Culture.

Artists selected for this project will be compensated by 4Culture. Project materials will be produced by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and distributed throughout King County. Materials will also be translated into Spanish.

Project details are at www.4culture.org/apply/index.aspx. Deadline for entry is Monday, June 24 at 5 p.m. For submittal questions, contact Tamar Benzikry-Stern at 206-296-8692, or Willow Fox at 206-205-8024.

4Culture (www.4culture.org) is a unique integration of arts, heritage, preservation and public art; committed to advancing community through culture. Public exhibitions and performances, public art, preservation of significant sites and interpretation of local history deepen our connections to the places in which we live and work. 4Culture stimulates cultural activity and enhances the assets that distinguish a community as vibrant, unique and authentic.

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of local governments, cities and tribes in King County, working together to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment. Visit us at www.hazwastehelp.org.

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