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New England Foundation for the Arts

Catherine Ryan writes-

Hi Joey,

The New England Foundation for the Arts monthly bulletin features “Public Art Calls”. Go to their fantastic website—it’s chock-full of cultivating creative arts throughout New England and beyond. Besides their major funding and linking, they also feature opportunities beyond their organization. The Committee for the Arts was thrilled to see that the Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge is listed in the January blog. Thank you NEFA. It’s great to see what’s out there and for Gloucester to be in the mix. Check out the range of art projects that municipalities seek. Sign up for their newsletter or whatever social media platform jazzes for you—they’re plugged in!


Elysian McNiff, NEFA’s Public Art & Creative Communities Program coordinator (check out her program btw), writes their monthly column and p.s. she grew up here!


Jan 3, 2013

January Public Art Calls from New England Foundation for the Arts, Elysian McNiff

Fingers crossed that 2013 will be a good year for public art! So far the year is off to a great start. This month’s calls for artists blog post features large budgets – one whopper is over a million dollars! Here are a few examples: 

  • 1.13.13: RFQ for $275,000 Connector Public Art Project in San Diego , CA
  • 1.15.13: RFQ for $1,040,000 for Segovia Street Traffic Circles in Coral Gables , FL
  • 1.16.13: RFQ for $100,000 Water Treatment Facility Temporary Public Art Project in Scottsdale , AZ

The following is a compilation of calls to artists that I am happy to share with the field.  

1. RFP for Ann Arbor Rain Garden in Ann Arbor , MI
Deadline: 10:00 am on Thursday, January 10, 2013
Budget: $23,380
Contact: Questions regarding the RFP content – Aaron Seagraves
Questions regarding the RFP submissions – Linda Newton
Apply here.

2. RFP for Wahiawa Transit Center in Honolulu , HI
Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2013
Budget: $100,000
Contact: Tory Laitila, Registrar
Apply here.

3. Call for Artists for Connector public art project in San Diego, CA
Deadline: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Budget: $275,000
Contact: Yvonne Wise, Curator
Apply here.

4. Call for Artists for Historic Interpretation Display in Community Center in Watsonville , CA
Deadline: 1:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2013
Budget: $20,000
Apply here.

5. RFQ for Segovia Street Traffic Circles in Coral Gables , FL
Deadline: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Budget: $1,040,000 plus $35,000 in-kind horticulture services
Contact: Cynthia Birdsill
Apply here.

6. RFQ for North Indian Bend Wash Water Treatment Facility Temporary Public Art Project in Scottsdale , AZ
Deadline: Midnight (MST) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Budget: $100,000
Contact: Kirstin Van Cleef, Project Manager, 480.874.4629
Apply here.

7. 2013 Kao International Kinetic Art Competition in Boynton Beach , FL
Deadline: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Budget: Submissions are free of charge.
Contact: webmaster@kinetic-art.org
Apply here.

8. RFQ for Aquatic Center Public Art Project in Kingsport , TN
Deadline: 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2013
Budget: $75,000
Contact: Bonnie Macdonald, Director
Apply here.

9. RFQ Public Art/Design Competition for new Beverly , MA , Arts and Cultural District
Deadline: 1:00 pm on Friday, January 18, 2013
Budget: $250,000
Contact: Ricardo D. Barreto, 617.285.1966
Apply here.

10. Call to Artists for 2013-15 Suwanee SculpTour in Suwanee , GA
Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2013
Contact: Toni Shrewsbury, Special Project Coordinator, 770.904.3389
Apply here.

11. RFQ: Western Gateway Public Art Project in Arlington , VA
Deadline: 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Budget: $200,000
Contact: publicart@arlingtonva.us
Apply here.

12. RFP for sculptural artwork for Boise City Hall Plaza in Idaho
Deadline: 1:00 pm (MST) on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Budget: $200,000
Contact: Missy Morrison, Purchasing Specialist
First, register here, then apply here.

13. 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge
Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2013
Budget: $47,000
Contact: gharborwalk@gmail.com
Apply here.