Release Date: July 15, 2020

What is the future of place-based public art? How can art help our communities heal, inspire, build trust and understanding? How can it empower and lift up the voices of minority communities? How can it tell stories that need to be told? How can art connect us and create critical conversations about the meaning of our neighborhoods, cities, and our country?

Artists are a significant part of helping our community learn to reengage “our new normal”. From the COVID-19 pandemic to healing the deep impact of racism and inequality, we are asking artists to help shape our future. By exploring what “engagement” means— engaging with each other as neighbors and with art itself.

We want to ensure your voices are heard.  Public art enhances public space when it is accessible to and representative of the community where it resides—and where it amplifies under-represented voices.  We are looking for artist-led and community-focused creative ideas.

100 artists’ proposals will be awarded $1,000 each. These winning proposals will be shared on the City’s website and social media channels. Proposals may be in any medium but should consider how community members can interact with the work. Through this project, we hope to foster, showcase, and amplify artists’ ideas about the evolving role of public art in our community.

PHASING

This is the first phase of what we expect to be a multi-phase initiative. Yet, each phase is meant to be an expression that can stand alone. Artists for later phases will be chosen from the 100 selected proposals. Later phases will further develop and implement community-centered concepts.

ELIGIBILITY

This opportunity is open to Philadelphia-based artists only. Artists working in any medium and at any experience level may apply.

Check out our media release announcing ART IS ESSENTIAL