Request for qualifications from artists to participate in the Art In Public Places Corridor Program Artist Pool
AUSTIN, TX — The City of Austin’s Corridor Program Office and the Economic Development Department’s Art in Public Places Program have partnered to create an Artist Pool for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects related to the Corridor Construction Program. This open call to artists will provide a streamlined application and selection process.
Through the Corridor Construction Program, Art in Public Places seeks to attract artists to create art for the City by participating in the City’s public art program to amplify Austin’s culture in our shared public spaces. The Corridor Program Artist Pool will be used to commission artists to create artwork that enhances people’s experience as they travel the City by foot, bicycle, bus and vehicle.
“One of the main objectives of the Corridor Program Office is to leverage 2016 Mobility Bond dollars through partnerships, like the one with the Art in Public Places Program, that enhance the corridors where we will be implementing critical safety improvements,” said Corridor Program Office Deputy Director, Susan Daniels. “While addressing mobility safety issues is our primary concern, we are also looking to address positive outcomes for the community and public art that reflects neighborhood culture is one way to accomplish this,” said Daniels.
Artist information meetings will be held in January and February. Artists who cannot attend in person will be able to join the meetings remotely. “There will be multiple opportunities for artists to create diverse types of artworks in partnership with the community,” said Art in Public Places Program Manager, Susan Lambe. “We want artists to work together with the community, exploring a range of themes where projects will be developed. We’re looking for artists who are experienced in, or who are interested in, creating community engaging artworks.”
Art in Public Places projects are funded through 2% of the estimated budgets for Capital Improvement Projects associated with the Corridor Program. Various individual budgets will be available for projects ranging from $40,000 to $200,000. There are eligibility, evaluation and submission requirements for artists interested in becoming part of the Artist Pool. Interested individuals should visit the Art in Public Places Call-to-Artists site for full details regarding the Corridor Construction Program Artist Pool. The deadline for applying to the call is February 13, 2020 at 5pm.
Artist Pool Information Sessions
When: January 21, 2020 6:00-8:00pm
Where: George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center
1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702
When: February 8, 2020 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Asian American Cultural Center
11713 Jollyville Rd, Austin, TX 78759
For additional information on programs that support artists and arts organizations who contribute creativity to our way of life and city’s identity, visit www.AustinCreates.com.
About the City of Austin Corridor Program Office
The City of Austin Corridor Program Office (CPO), in keeping with the Contract with Voters as outlined in the Austin voter approved 2016 Mobility Bond, is responsible for planning, design and construction improvements of nine priority corridors throughout the city of Austin. The goal of CPO is to enhance mobility, safety and connectivity for all users. Included in program objectives are the creation of complete communities along the corridors where improvements are planned. These corridors for complete communities will ensure Austin’s corridors are livable, walkable, safe and transit supportive to promote health and equity throughout the city.
About the City of Austin Economic Development Department
The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd and follow @econvitalityatx on Twitter.