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Central Avenue Artwork Installation (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

Central Avenue Artwork Installation (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation in Jersey City, NJ seeks creative proposals for public Central Avenue Artwork Installation within the shopping district. Artwork must be considered family-friendly or suitable for all members of an average family.

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Deadline: 24 Jul 2020

The Central Avenue Artwork Installation artwork should complement Central Avenue’s main street environment and contribute to positive energy, boost morale, and upbeat attitudes among residents, visitors, and shoppers. This project will further the neighborhood’s long-term goal of adding art destination to Hudson County’s distinct resume.

The artist with the winning mural design(s) will receive agreed monetary compensation and be featured on the organization’s website and other social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Artists will have the opportunity to address the public at a press conference.

About Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation

Central Avenue in Jersey City prides itself on the outdoor art gallery along the shopping corridor. This past spring, New Jersey Advance Media named Central Avenue the most eye-popping one mile walk in Jersey City. This year will mark Central Avenue’s eleventh consecutive year installing artwork. With over 20 art pieces on the avenue, colorful artwork is appreciated by hundreds of shoppers each day.

For more information, contact alima@jcheights.com.

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Decatur Artway VI (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

Decatur Artway VI (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

The Decatur Arts Alliance announces a call for artists for sculptures to be placed in the city of Decatur, Georgia as part of Decatur Artway VI. Sculptors are encouraged to be a part of this two-year sculpture exhibition. The sculpture must be available for the duration of the two-year contract. All submissions must be professionally constructed of durable materials which will withstand the elements. No maquettes or renderings will be considered for selection. The Decatur Arts Alliance will only accept existing and ready to install works. All durable outdoor media are encouraged.

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Deadline: 31 Jul 2020

Selected artists will be awarded an honorarium of $2000. The installed work may be available for sale. Artwork sold as a result of the Decatur Artway VI will be subject to a 20% commission, which will be deducted from the purchase price and retained by the Decatur Arts Alliance.

The Decatur Arts Alliance will, in partnership with the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Downtown Development Authority, market Decatur Artway VI including, but not limited to, printed walking/cycling/driving sculpture tours, online tour with a mobile app, and docent lead tours for visitors and residents. The Decatur Artway VI opening will include an artist talk which will be videotaped and used on the mobile app and website.

About the Decatur Arts Alliance

The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, and residents dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Decatur, Georgia. The DAA sponsors annual festivals and members only special art events. It provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups, and performance venues within Decatur and to develop the city as a strong arts community.

DAA sponsors the Decatur Arts Festival, the YEA! event for young emerging artists, Oakhurst Porchfest, and the Decatur Wine Festival.

For more information, contact admin@decaturartsalliance.org.

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Neuchâtel’s Cuadrante Polanco Public Art (Mexico City) – Call For Artists

Neuchâtel’s Cuadrante Polanco Public Art (Mexico City) – Call For Artists

MIRA and MASSIVart invite national and international artists to develop a proposal for a permanent public artwork to be located in the public plaza of MIRA’s latest real estate development in Mexico City, Neuchâtel’s Cuadrante Polanco.

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Deadline: 29 Jun 2020

The call for artists will be two-phased:

  1. The first stage will shortlist three to four applicants based on qualifications demonstrated from the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, portfolio of work, and preliminary artistic approach.
  2. In the second stage, each of the three or four artists or artist teams/collectives will be given a compensatory fee to create a detailed artist proposal including written information, a budget, sketches and renders, preliminary construction plan, and other descriptive presentation materials as needed to fully describe the concept intent.

The artists selected during the 1st phase will be aligned with the artistic direction of MIRA and MASSIVart as well as the vision of Neuchâtel Cuadrante Polanco, which is led by a desire to create an iconic and timeless art installation that has the power to engage passersby.

Neuchâtel’s Cuadrante Polanco Public Art Budget Details

A total budget of 6,000,000.00 MXN Pesos will be allocated to the art installation’s project to give artists the opportunity to create an iconic landmark for Mexico City while beautifying the urban public landscape.

Each shortlisted artist appearing before the jury will receive, in consideration of detailed proposal and presentation, a fee of $15,000.00 MXN pesos + taxes, which will be paid to him or her on presentation of an invoice.

Fees and charges granted under this by-law are subject to the prescribed taxes.

About MASSIVart

MASSIVart is a global art consultancy and production agency. They collaborate with emerging and established artists, architects, developers, designers, and creative talent to create art-driven events, architectural design, commissioned works of art and, cultural programs.

MASSIVart conceives creative destinations that bring people together, create emotional connections, and offer authentic brand experiences. With a team of producers, art directors, curators, and designers who are consistently at the forefront of the global art and culture scene, they create exclusive content, develop impactful design, and connect artists to the public while highlighting partners and clients in innovative ways.

For more information, contact neuchatel@massivart.com.

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WMATA Public Artwork (Alexandria, VA) – Call For Artists

WMATA Public Artwork (Alexandria, VA) – Call For Artists

Gensler, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners (JLREP) are soliciting qualifications from accomplished artists or artist teams to create a site-specific WMATA public artwork for the new WMATA Regional Headquarters Facility at 2395 Mill Road, Alexandria VA. The building entry facade and lobby spaces have been identified as possible locations for the artwork in order to create the best experience for WMATA employees, visitors, and members of the public.

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(Use the arrows on the side of the screen to navigate the application information.)

Deadline: 12 Jun 2020

The WMATA Eisenhower Avenue building is a 14-story headquarters facility that will consolidate several departments including the authority’s Technology and Engineering groups. It will foster a culture that is safety-focused, customer-centric, and technology-enabled as well as create a rich, immersive employee experience. The building will feel welcoming, open, and accessible. The building’s entry lobby is a light-filled, double-height space wrapping the southwest corner of the building.

Parameters and Goals

The Authority has a history of and expectation for design excellence and, through its Art in Transit Program, has been working to obtain unique, memorable, and engaging site-specific, public artworks. The artists/artist teams shall develop aesthetically attractive public artworks that capture the Authority’s mission and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities. Consideration shall be given to creative uses of materials, massing, scale, form, texture, and detailing. Artworks shall be visually attractive, innovative, and durable. The selected site-specific artworks should impart a sense of pride within the local community and provide a stimulating and attractive environment for the people who will experience the artworks daily.

The artwork selection will follow a two-phase process referred to as Phase 1 and Phase 2. The artist selection panel seeks a pool of applicants with a successful history of public art and collaboration with public agencies and/or design build projects.

Phase 1

Requires artists/artist teams to prepare and submit qualifications as appropriate for the scope of work and qualifications submittal requirements as set forth in this solicitation. An artist selection panel led by WMATA and JLREP, and comprising art and design professionals, will select at least three artists/artist teams as determined by this RFQ’s evaluation criteria.
The selected artists/artist teams will each receive a $1,500 design fee to prepare and submit a site-specific artwork proposal that will comply with the prescribed concepts. These artists/artist teams will then proceed to Phase 2 of the selection process.

Phase 2

WMATA and JLREP will invite the selected artists/artist teams whose qualifications are deemed acceptable to receive detailed contract information for the purpose of submitting site-specific, Phase 2 artwork proposals. WMATA and JLREP expects the proposals to include all premiums required to complete the project on or ahead of the schedule listed in the present RFQ.
As part of the proposal, the artists/artist teams are expected to provide a site-specific design and the estimated costs for fabrication, installation, engineering/architectural coordination, technical, clerical, and other services necessary as well as schedules required for the fabrication and installation of the artwork. The artist/artists team’s experience and professional record should provide convincing evidence of their ability to successfully complete the project as proposed.

The artist selection panel will rank each site-specific artwork based on the evaluation criteria listed in this RFQ and make a recommendation to the WMATA General Manager for approval. JLREP will then enter into negotiations with the top-ranked artists/artist team to finalize the contract award process. If JLREP is unable to reach agreement with the top ranked artists/artist team, they will end negotiations and begin negotiations with the next ranked artists/artist team.

WMATA Public Artwork Budget

The maximum budget for the site-specific art project is not to exceed $250,000 all-inclusive of design (artist fee included), construction, and installation as well as other miscellaneous costs. The budget for artwork as outlined in this call for artists is subject to the availability of funds.

About Gensler

Gensler is one community. Their community is focused on improving the human experience, guided by a vision that’s committed to making a better world and realized through the positive changes they make in people’s lives. When they move forward together, the impact is real. Their incredible global team of 6,000+ people is shaping the future of cities every day. It starts with a vision: to Create a Better World Through the Power of Design. This vision comes to life across expertise in 24 practice areas, client relationships, a network of global and local leaders, and diversity of talent.

About Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. Metro began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Today, Metrorail serves 91 stations and has 117 miles of track. Metrobus serves the nation’s capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of approximately 4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 2.3 million trips per year.

For more information, contact Barton_Bland@gensler.com.

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Reclaim Award 2020 (Cologne, Germany) – Call For Artists

Reclaim Award 2020 (Cologne, Germany) – Call For Artists

The Reclaim Kollektiv announces a call for artists for the Reclaim Award 2020. Ads out, art in! Reclaim your place in public space. Billboards become cultural conceptual surfaces, artistic canvases, or photographic landscapes. The city a public museum. Reclaim replaces advertising on large surfaces with your art. With the award, make a contribution towards culturally enhancing the public space. Make Cologne’s urban profile more attractive. Display billboards that stimulate, illustrate diversity and difference, and open up conceptual spaces. Easily perceivable, public, and for everyone!

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Deadline: 26 Apr 2020

Entry fee: 1 entry: 25€ / 2 entries: 40€ / 3 entries: 50€.

Where usually cruises, cars, or detergents find large places to shine, there will now be art. 40 billboards become exhibition surfaces.

This year, the Reclaim Kollektiv holds the second Reclaim Award in Cologne. For the debut in 2019, 551 artists from 29 countries applied to redesign 25 billboards in urban areas of Cologne. Since this went beyond any intended scope, there will be already 40 large-scale billboards to show art in 2020.

Reclaim grows. A plus of 15 surfaces means even more radiance for the artpieces, even more visibility for the artists. The stage is ready, Cologne as public museum. Perception in public space is the highest: large-scale billboards on bustling streets, busy train stations, and in urban, alternative neighbourhoods of Cologne.

The winners will exhibit their works in the form of 18/1 posters on billboards rented in a central location, for the duration of 10 days. Artists from all fields and all countries are welcome to participate in the competition.

About Reclaim Kollektiv

The Reclaim Kollektiv consists of three business partners and friends. Odo Hans is a freelance artist and initiator of the Reclaim Award. Together with Tobias Handorf and Caspar Wündrich, managers of the design studio neoactio in Cologne, they founded the Kollektiv in 2019.

Last years’ debut was a great success for the trio. 551 applicants liked the idea and shared the vision. This years’ Reclaim Award grew by 15 surfaces.

For more information, contact hr@reclaim-award.org.

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Art 2C On Havana (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

Art 2C On Havana (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

The City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) and the On Havana Business Improvement District (Havana BID) announce a call for artists for Art 2C on Havana. Outdoor sculpture will be considered for an exhibition on Havana Street in Aurora, CO, for two years. The exhibit is scheduled to open in October, 2020. Selected artists should anticipate installing their artwork in the first week of October, 2020 and de-installing it in mid-September, 2022.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2020

On Havana Street and the City of Aurora’s Art in Public Places program are proud to partner to bring the Tenth Annual Art 2C on Havana. This highly successful and anticipated exhibition brings twelve temporary sculptures bi-annually to the business district. The exhibition provides residents and visitors with a unique way to experience the Business District. Public art such as this provides sculptors with opportunities to share their work, gain recognition for the quality of their work, and compete for cash awards.

Eligibility

  • Artists must reside in one of the following states: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, or Nebraska
  • Exhibit for the full length of the exhibition, approximately two years
  • Ready for exhibition
  • Fulfill the design and selection criteria

Design and Selection Criteria

  • Quality of workmanship
  • Three dimensional, freestanding sculpture of any medium suitable for outdoor exhibition
  • Artwork must be made from a material appropriate for outdoor exhibition. It must be able to withstand the changing weather conditions of Colorado. These include high summer temperatures (above 100F), low winter temperatures (below 0F), temperatures that can vary more than 40 degrees in a few hours, high winds, hail and significant snowfall.
  • Size: minimum 4’ and maximum 14’ in height
  • Weight: minimum 100 lbs and maximum 4,000 lbs in weight
  • Artwork should not contain sharp objects or edges
  • Artwork must be durable, require little to no maintenance, be graffiti resistant, and be prepared for installation

Installation Criteria

  • Selected artists should expect to install their artwork by the first week of October, 2020
  • Artists must transport, install, and de-install their own artwork. (Assistance and equipment can be provided if requested at the time of acceptance.)
  • All sculptures must be attached to a steel plate that will be bolted to a concrete base. Alternative methods must be approved by AIPP and Havana BID staff at the time of acceptance
  • AIPP staff must be present when the artwork is installed and de-installed (removed) from the site

Detailed Installation Plan Description

  • Title of artwork
  • Artist name and contact information for day of installation
  • Dimensions of artwork
  • Weight of artwork
  • Dimensions of connecting plate
  • Type and size of bolt required to connect to concrete base
  • Equipment required for installation (e.g. crane, drill, hammer)
  • Number of people required to install the artwork

Art 2C On Havana Artist Benefits

Exhibiting artists will be paid a $2,500 stipend for the transportation, installation, and de-installation of their artwork.

The Havana BID is providing funds for cash awards in the following amounts:

  • 1st Place: $1,250
  • 2nd Place: $750
  • 3rd Place: $500

Sculptures may be purchased from the Art 2C on Havana exhibition and will be advertised as such. Aurora AIPP may purchase sculpture from the exhibit to be added to the City’s public art collection.

About City of Aurora Art in Public Places

The City of Aurora Art in Public Places program has made it possible for locally and nationally renowned artists to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from indoor wall hangings to monumental outdoor sculptures and architecturally integrated works. The collection includes about 300 pieces valued at approximately $4 million, creating cultural landmarks that serve as a cornerstone of the city’s identity.

The Art in Public Places program is governed by a nine-member, Aurora City Council-appointed commission. The mission of the Art in Public Places Commission is to create great places that contribute to neighborhood development, economic vitality, and enrich and engage the community of Aurora.

For more information, contact publicart@auroragov.org.

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New Works Public Art Plan 2020 (Elgin, IL) – Call For Artists

New Works Public Art Plan 2020 (Elgin, IL) – Call For Artists

The City of Elgin announces a call for artists for the New Works Public Art Plan 2020. The call is open to artists of all levels, worldwide. This year the call is specifically for a 2D piece to be applied to a covered pedestrian bridge and stairwell in downtown Elgin, IL. The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission will review applications. Successful applicants should demonstrate a clear purpose for the artwork, offer support to demonstrate their ability to successfully complete their proposal, a balanced budget and timeline, and a strong commitment to making artwork accessible and relevant to a diverse range of participants.

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Deadline: 2 Apr 2020

Applicants should show that their proposals have artistic and/or cultural value. It is recommended that proposals not include designs that would be considered inappropriate and/or indecent by community standards.

New Works Public Art Plan 2020 Participant Benefits

The selected artist will receive an honorarium up to $20,000 and support from the City of Elgin. Elgin has a vast network of local and regional artists that are active in the area. While this call is for one project, it is the City’s goal and intent to remain partners with the selected artist and build a lasting relationship. The selected artist will have the opportunity to meet the public during the installation process and engage with them on a very direct level. City staff will be on hand from start to finish to ensure success.

About the City of Elgin

The City of Elgin, IL, is a diverse community with more than 40% of our community identifying as Hispanic or Latinx. The community is active in historical preservation, sustainability, the arts, and outdoor activities. The City of Elgin has been establishing itself a community of the arts for years. The public art initiatives are a major part of that continued growth. The City of Elgin is located about 35 miles west of Chicago. It sits along the Fox River.

For more information, contact culturalarts@cityofelgin.org.

Previous call for artists from the City of Elgin

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ArtPrize Public Art Grant (Austin, TX) – Call For Artists

ArtPrize Public Art Grant (Austin, TX) – Call For Artists

ArtPrize Grand Rapids announces a call for artists for a Public Art Grant.  On March 16, the selected artists will each have five minutes to pitch their installation ideas for ArtPrize 2020 to a panel of art experts from around the country. ArtPrize will work to connect the selected artist with firms providing in-kind services, designed to assist with project budgets. These firms can include shipping, construction, engineering and materials. These donations are not guaranteed.

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Deadline: 14 Feb 2020

The ArtPrize competition, which takes place every other fall in Grand Rapids, MI, is open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas for an audience. Registered artists and venues connect online at artprize.org and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19-day event. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute $250,000 in cash prizes.

In 2018, the tenth installment of ArtPrize included over 1,260 entries representing 40 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize annually attracts more than half a million active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 3.4 million votes for public art.

Public Art Grant Participant Benefits

$15,000 will be provided to the winning artist to offset costs for

  • Transportation and installation of artwork to ArtPrize
  • Maintaining the installation throughout the event
  • Removing installation after ArtPrize 2020
  • Restoring installation site to its original condition (Leave No Trace)

Following this open call for proposals, five finalists from anywhere in the U.S. will be provided with a stipend of $500 to travel to Austin during SXSW Interactive. Each artist will present for five minutes, using up to five slides to describe their proposal to a live audience and a panel of five judges. One artist receives a $15,000 grant to install the project at ArtPrize 2020, slated to take place from September 16 to October 4, 2020. At ArtPrize, the project will compete for $250,000 in prizes determined by public vote.

About ArtPrize Grand Rapids

The ArtPrize organization produces citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse, celebrate artists, transform urban space, and promote cultural understanding.

For more information, contact pitchnight@artprize.org.

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Public Art Benches (Woodlands, TX) – Call For Artists

Public Art Benches (Woodlands, TX) – Call For Artists

The Woodlands Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, invites local, national, and international artists to apply for Phase IV-B Public Art Benches of The Woodlands Arts District, an outdoor permanent collection located in The Woodlands, Texas, USA. This call to artists is for four (4) individual art benches in four separate locations.

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Deadline: 31 Mar 2020

Phase IV-B of this public art project will feature four (4) new art benches to be installed along The Woodlands Waterway adjacent to The Cynthia Woods-Mitchell Pavilion (Ranked #3 Best Music & Outdoor amphitheater in the world). Through a partnership with The Woodlands Township and the generous funding of underwriters, twenty art benches have been commissioned and installed along The Woodlands Waterway and in the Hughes Landing commercial area adjacent to Lake Woodlands. Designed by local, national, and international artists, these one-of-a-kind art benches add beauty to our community while serving a practical function.

Public Art Benches Participant Benefits

Three (3) semi-finalists will be chosen for each bench location in a preliminary selection process. One (1) finalist for each location will be chosen to construct an art bench. Each of the four finalists will receive a $8,000 for bench selected and installed.

About Woodlands Arts Council

The Woodlands Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide regional, cultural, and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support, and promote the performing and visual arts. The Woodlands, Texas is an award-winning, master-planned community of more than 100,000 residents. Located 40 miles north of Houston, The Woodlands has a strong history of public art.

For more information, contact sally@thewoodlandsartscouncil.org

Previous call for artists from the Woodlands Arts Council

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Rotating Sculpture Program 2020 (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Rotating Sculpture Program 2020 (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

The City of Keller announces a call for artists for the Rotating Sculpture Program 2020. In 2017, the Keller Public Arts Board implemented a rotating public art program for outdoor sculptures in the newly updated Old Town Keller area. A $1,500 honorarium is available for each piece selected by the Board for the fourth year of the program. The City of Keller invested over $4 million in improvements for the Old Town location, including the construction of a linear pedestrian promenade, addition of outdoor seating, and community areas and installation of 11 concrete sculpture pads.

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Deadline: 6 Mar 2020

Old Town is home to an eclectic blend of restaurants and small businesses that attract a variety of visitors and provide great exposure for art in the area. For 2020, the Board will select up to 6 sculptures for a two-year exhibit beginning in June 2020. The artwork will be for sale for the duration of the exhibit with a 25% commission collected by the City of Keller. The selected artists will be recognized at the fourth annual Keller Art Walk on November 14, 2020.

Rotating Sculpture Program 2020 Artist Benefits

The restaurants and shops in Old Town attract a significant amount of pedestrian traffic that ensures daily exposure of the artwork to a variety of demographics. The program offers a $1500 honorarium to each selected artist and $500 to one Best in Show winner. Artists are recognized at and receive free booth space to promote and sell their work at the annual Keller Art Walk, which is hosted in the same Old Town Keller area where the sculptures are installed.

Selected artists are featured on the City’s website and social media. They will be allowed to offer their work for sale for the duration of the exhibit. The City provides and installs signage for each piece showing the artist’s name, artwork title, and a statement indicating the piece is for sale with a phone number for inquiries.

About the City of Keller

As part of a municipal government, Keller Public Arts is unique in that its programs and events are administered by the City Manager’s office and overseen by an appointed Public Arts Board. This arrangement differs from many cities that combine public art with parks and recreation. In Keller, the separation allows the program to stay truly art-focused. With a General Fund budget of less than $40,000 and no full-time staff, Keller Public Arts has developed innovative approaches to funding and coordinating its annual schedule of events, two rotating art programs, and special projects.

In 2015, the City implemented a Public Art Development fee that applies a .25% assessment to most development projects in Keller. The fee has resulted in approximately $70,000 additional annual arts revenue, allowing the volunteers on the Public Arts Board and city administrative personnel to expand Keller Public Arts into avenues that further the program’s mission of encouraging all forms of art in the community.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.

Previous call for artists from the City of Keller

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