Shortly after this most recent presidential election, I noticed a bit of news on how a city in the state of Michigan had voted against funding a public arts program. While I am glad to learn that other cities, such as Boston, are expanding their public art programs. The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy recently completed their planning process for a five year public art strategy supported by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. This new public art strategy currently has two Calls for Artists for temporary exhibitions of contemporary work, including one for an outdoor light installation. A unique aspect of the Greenway Conservancy projects is that they invite and welcome artist feedback and ideas.
The City of St. Paul, Minnesota, currently has two openings for artist residencies within their Public Art program– with a deadline of October 15th to apply. One artist residency will be designated Streets and Open Spaces and the other Temporal & Engagement with selected artist completing projects in performance, events and social practice.
The are many public art lists of Calls for Artists and RFQs online for your geographic area. To keep up on the latest information, join the LinkedIN group Public Art for Artists, where you can interact with specialists.