REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
RETHINK VETS: ARTIST IN THE PUBLIC REALM RESIDENCY
DEADLINE: Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM ESt
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BUDGET: Artist Fee: $25,000 + $7,500 Material Allowance/ Year Two Project Implementation Budget TBD 



Summary
The Office of Public Art is collaborating with Rethink Vets, a coalition of organizations that serve veterans in Southwestern Pennsylvania, to facilitate an artist in the public realm residency. One artist, or artist team, will be selected to work with the Rethink Vets coalition to develop a creative project in collaboration with veteran communities in Allegheny, Butler, and Westmoreland Counties over a two-year period. 

During the first year, the artist or artist team will work with Rethink Vets and its coalition members to engage several veteran communities, and will then spend the second year producing a project whose concept is generated through the first year of collaboration and engagement. Artists or artist team will be paid a fee of $25,000 for the first year of the residency; an artist fee and project implementation budget for the second year that will be determined. An allowance of $7,500 for materials and related expenses will be provided in the first year of the residency to support community engagement and other activities.


About
The Office of Public Art champions the belief that artists can and should be engaged as change agents who can collaborate with communities to envision their future, address community issues, and strengthen connectivity. Artists are creative and valuable community members who are often experts at creative problem-solving and encouraging interaction between groups and individuals. The residency with Rethink Vets will facilitate a creative collaboration to break down misconceptions and approaches to difficulties veterans face by deeply embedding an artist or artist team within the veteran community. 

Rethink Vets coalition members will select an artist, or artist team, to collaborate with Southwestern Pennsylvania’s veteran communities. The residency will last for two years.During the first year of the program, the artist or artist team will collaborate with the Rethink Vets coalition to engage veteran and non-veteran communities throughout the region to facilitate dialogue and challenge perspectives. The second year of the program will be dedicated toward implementing a creative project that will be generated from the first year of collaboration and engagement. 

The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity and funding for organizations and artists to develop new ideas for creative projects. It is not a funding stream to implement existing plans or concepts for specific works of art. The structure for this residency is intentionally open-ended. The goal is for deep community engagement that results in a collaborative, creative project. We are specifically seeking artists, or artist teams, that are interested in working with communities to develop projects that have a positive impact. 

This project is being supported by generous funding from The Heinz Endowments. 


About Rethink Vets
Rethink Vets is the work of a coalition of organizations committed to changing inaccurate, preconceived notions about our returning troops. Led by The Heinz Endowments, these organizations rallied together to reshape public perception through this awareness campaign. Not just because our veterans deserve the benefit of an open mind, but because these misconceptions devalue the immense asset that veterans bring to our community.

Project Phases and Budget
The artist or artist team will spend one year collaborating with Rethink Vets coalition members to develop and produce activities to engage the veteran community throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the second year producing a creative project whose concept is generated through the first year of collaboration.

The artist or artist team will receive a stipend of $25,000 to participate in the first year of the residency. A budget of $7,500 is available for the first phase of the residency to facilitate community participation, or to prototype creative projects. The artist or artist team and Rethink Vets will determine the total budget for the creative project. Funding will be raised separately to implement the project. The artists will enter into a contract with the Office of Public Art.

Project Setting and Facilities  
unique aspect of this residency program will be the project setting and studio facilities. The Office of Public Art and Rethink Vets will collaborate with regional partners to host a shipping container studio in different locations for several weeks at a time to best accommodate the dispersed veteran communities throughout the region. The selected artist will work with the Office of Public Art and Rethink Vets to determine locations and a schedule for the temporary studio during the community engagement and testing phases of the program.

The shipping container studio will provide a central workspace for the artist or artist team, and will become a highly visible destination for veterans and other community members to meet and engage with the artist or artist team. The residency structure will seek to eliminate barriers that contribute to reduced access to the arts for many populations by physically bringing the artist studio to these communities.

 The shipping container studio is ADA compliant and provides heating, cooling, and electricity. A plan for locations and engagement will be developed with the selected artist or artist team, and regional partners who are willing to host the studio on their grounds. It is intended that the shipping container studio will be located at the 2019 and 2020 Three Rivers Arts Festival for community engagement activities with the selected artist or artist team. 


Artist Responsibilities
The list below is a summary of the key responsibilities illustrating artist or artist team participation. This is not meant to be a list of every task artists will complete during the program.

  • Spend time learning about Rethink Vets, the coalition members, and the communities they serve.
  • Collaborate with Rethink Vets and other selected organizations to develop a community engagement strategy to implement during the first year of the residency.
  • Participate in monthly project team meetings with the Office of Public Art and other key project team members. 
  • Be present in the organization(s) and the community(ies) between 15-20 hours per week during the first year.
  • Collaborate with the community(ies) and organization(s) to identify a creative project to implement during the second year of the residency.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Public Art to develop a funding strategy for the implementation phase of the project.
  • Implement the creative project.


Eligibility
This opportunity is open to any visual, performing, film, or literary artist who is able to commit to a two-year long residency, and has experience working collaboratively with community groups. Artists must demonstrate experience of working collaboratively and in community settings. We are especially interested in artists who live in the Pittsburgh region, including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, but who are willing to travel and work in Allegheny, Butler, and Westmoreland Counties. 

Artist teams, and teams including individuals working in multiple fields, are eligible to apply. Teams must include at least one artist who has experience working in community settings to be eligible.

Artists and all members of artist teams must have Act 34 Criminal Clearance and Child Abuse History Clearance, or be willing to apply for certification, before being offered a contract for the residency. This process is a standard background check used in Pennsylvania for adults working with young people. Information about Act 34 Criminal Clearance can be found on the website: https://epatch.state.pa.us. Information about Child Abuse History Clearance can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s website, http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/. You may also pick up the clearance forms in the lobby of the Pittsburgh Board of Education Administration Building at 341 S. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, from 8 AM to 4 PM daily.


Timeline
Call for Artists (RFQ) Release....................Monday, February 18, 2019

Information Session.....................................Tuesday, March 12, 6 - 7 PM, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council office, 810 Penn Ave., 7th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

RFQ Submissions Due................................Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM 

Notification to Shortlist................................Week of April 22, 2019 

Artist Interviews............................................Week of May 7, 2019 

Contract Execution......................................May 2019 

Residency Begins........................................June 2019

Three Rivers Arts Festival 2019...............June 7 - 16, 2019

Final Project Implementation....................Begins June 2020 

Project Completion......................................To be determined

Please note that this timeline is subject to change. 


Selection Process

The Office of Public Art is facilitating the artist selection process for this project.  Qualifications submitted through this RFQ will be reviewed by a selection committee, which will include members of the Rethink Vets coalition. A limited number of artists will be invited for an interview. Only one artist or artist team will be chosen for this residency.

During the interview, artists will discuss their past work, their ability to work on the project, their interest in this particular project, and their experience collaborating with communities. The artists who are asked to interview for the project will not be asked to develop a model or proposal.

It is the intention of the residency for one artist or artist team to be selected. Should the selection committee determine that none of the artists presented are the right match for the residency, Office of Public Art and Rethink Vets may choose to select an artist via an invitational process.


How to Apply
Applications will only be accepted electronically through online application form below. If you have questions, please Contact Derek Reese of the Office of Public Art at 412.391.2060 x 233 or at dreese@pittsburghartscouncil.org.

DEADLINE: Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM ESt
Do not contact Rethink Vets or the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust about this opportunity.


PLEASE READ FULL CALL BEFORE APPLYING. 

Does your neighborhood have at least one set of city steps? Are you interested in a new opportunity to creatively engage community members in pedestrian advocacy in your neighborhood? Are you and your neighbors interested in working with an artist to look at your city steps differently?

In fall 2019, Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) and the Office of Public Art (OPA) will kick-off a ten day city steps celebration, including artist-designed events on and around city steps, and we are looking for community partners to be part of this exciting initiative. Up to four community partners will be selected. Each community partner will work with BikePGH and OPA to select an artist with whom they will collaborate to design and produce a place-based event for the fall celebration. Events will take place on and around city steps. Logistical and event planning support will be provided by BikePGH and OPA. 

The goal of the initiative is to create excitement, awareness, and engagement around city steps for the purposes of increased investment, preservation and utilization. As a first step, BikePGH and OPA are issuing this Call for Community Partners (RFQ) who are interested in being considered. The four community partners will be selected by the project team and additional advisers, including staff from the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI). 


About

Pittsburgh has approximately 800 sets of steps - more public staircases than any other city in the United States. The steps are an important and under-resourced connection between communities, which thousands of residents rely on for transportation and recreation. Nearly two-thirds of the steps are in low or moderate-income areas and many are located in the City’s hilliest neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods lack strong public transit resources. Maintenance of the steps has proved an enormous financial and logistical challenge -- some staircases are in such disrepair and built in such intricate surroundings that repairing them equates to undertaking a small bridge repair project. 

Still, the 800 sets of steps are critical assets in the city’s pedestrian transportation network and a point of local pride. With the creation of the City Steps Plan, which was released in 2018, there is an opportunity to bring to life the opportunities that the steps can offer to neighborhood residents. 

The city steps activation project will amplify the work of the City Steps Plan and draw attention to the resources that are being invested in city steps. The partnership is designed to activate the City-wide conversation about city steps, and generate new types of activities that can continue beyond the life of the project. 

Program Structure

BikePGH and OPA are currently in the process of identifying up to four community partners to be part of the project team. Community partners are organizations within neighborhoods that have city steps, and which have identified city steps as one of their community assets. Each community partner will then participate in selecting the artist with whom they will collaborate to produce an artist-designed activation of the steps in their neighborhood. 

Once artists are selected, OPA, BikePGH, and community partners will lead meetings with artists, facilitate community design review meetings, and engage in the conceptual development of each of the four artist-designed events. OPA and BikePGH will also provide support to identify entities who must lend permission or support to execute the proposed event, linking artists with resources needed, or scaling the project to meet logistical and physical capabilities of the site. 

Finally, the project team will implement the proposed artist-designed events in the four communities. Final implementation includes community design review meetings, troubleshooting projects and event details, working with the event production contractor, and executing the events. It is expected that the artist-designed events will occur during two weekends in the fall of 2019 and installations may span from one to ten days. 

OPA and BikePGH will provide additional support to promote and document the events, and to conduct program evaluation and review, which will be shared with the community partners. 


Who is Eligible?

We are seeking community based organization (CBOs) or other community partners located in Pittsburgh that have city steps within their neighborhood, and who have identified city steps as a critical resource in their pedestrian network.

Organizations do NOT need to have 501c3 not-for-profit status to be eligible. Organizations must have an active board of directors or advisory committee. Organizations will be required to assign at least one staff member, board member, or volunteer to be the key contact for the program. 

The organization is not required to have an art program or experience working with artists. The organization must demonstrate the ability and interest to participate in the program. 

This is not a call for artists. Our call for artists to participate in the program will be released in March 2019.


Project Budget and Contract Information

Each organization will receive an honorarium of $2,500 to participate in the program, and to be used to support outreach and engagement efforts. This honorarium may also be used to provide a stipend to the key project contact if the organization is volunteer-led. 

The budgets for each place-based event is $15,000 plus an artist fee of $3,500. Additional infrastructure and programming support, such as generators and signage, will be provided by the contracted event producer outside of this fee. 

Selected organizations will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BikePGH. 

This program is generously supported by the Hillman Foundation. 


Project Timeline

Community Partners Selected by Monday, April 15, 2019

Artist Selection Panel Number 1: April 30 or May 1, 2019

Artist Selection Panel Number 2 (interviews): May 13 or May 14, 2019

Artist Contracts Complete: May 31, 2019

Project Design: June 1, 2019 - August 15, 2019

Review: August 15 - August 30, 2019

Project Implementation: September 1 - October 15, 2019

Please note that this timeline is subject to change


How to Apply

Organizations are asked to submit an application via Submittable, the online application platform used by the Office of Public Art, found here: https://tinyurl.com/OPA-Submit The application includes:

  1. Contact information, including name, address, phone number, email, and neighborhood.
  2. Describe your group's interest in this program (500 word max.). Identify the city steps that in your neighborhood, and why they are of particular concern for the community, including:  What do they connect within the neighborhood? How are they used now?  Were these steps identified as a priority in the City’s Steps Plan? If not, why do you think these steps would be a good fit for this project? Why do you think working with an artist to produce an event would benefit your neighborhood? 
  3. A short history of your group’s work in the community, including community events, festivals, or other programs that you have been involved with. (300 word max.) 
  4. A brief biography of the staff, board member, or community volunteer who will be the organization’s key representative for this program. (250 word max.) 
  5. Up to five images of the city steps that you would like to activate in your neighborhood. Note: You may include more than one set of steps for discussion.  Please be sure to label your images as follows: Name image with your last name, first name, and the numbers 1–5. For example, if your name is Pat Steir, the first image should be steir_pat_1. jpg and the second image should be steir_pat_2.jpg. You may refer to the numbers of the images in your application, such as when you describe the stairs that you want to work on.  (5 images max., JPEG format)
  6. Optional: A map indicating the locations of the city steps that you are interested in working on. You may also indicate on the map where the number photos were taken. The map can be a JPEG or PDF format.


Selection Criteria

Community partners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to partner with Bike Pittsburgh and Office of Public Art, as demonstrated by past collaborations and community work.
  • Geographic location and what the steps connect to, including neighborhood destinations. 
  • Relationship of the proposed site(s) to the City Steps Plan, including whether or not the proposed site(s) has been indicated as a priority in the plan. 

Should the selection committee determine that the applicants are not the right match for this opportunity, BikePGH and OPA reserve the right to choose community partners via an invitational process. 


Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 25, 2019 at noon. Late submissions will not be accepted. Applications can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/OPA-Submit


Community Information Session 

BikePGH and OPA are hosting an information session about the program. We will review the program goals and the application process. RSVPs are not required. Attendance is not required to submit an application. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6 - 7 PM

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 7th Floor, 810 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

If you are unable to attend in person, you can also join the meeting via Zoom, an online meeting platform. To join the meeting via Zoom, go to: https://tinyurl.com/OPA-Zoom


Questions

If you have questions about this call for community partners, please contact Sallyann Kluz at OPA at 412-391-2060 x251 or via email at skluz@pittsburghartscouncil.org


About Us

BikePGH is a bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization. Since 2002 Bike Pittsburgh has been transforming Pittsburgh's streets and communities into vibrant, healthy places by making them safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk. For more information visit bikepgh.org.


Office of Public Art (OPA) is the leading agent and advocate for public art in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Founded in 2005, OPA is part of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and works with communities and artists throughout the region by providing public art education, commissions, project management, artist selection, and artist residencies in the public realm.  OPA collaborates with individuals and organizations in both the public and private sector. For more information, visit: publicartpittsburgh.org. 


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA
DEADLINE: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
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BUDGET: $35,000


Summary
The Office of Public Art is launching a one-year pilot program that partners artists with organizations that have identified environmental health issues as topics of concern and advocacy. Artists are invited to apply to participate in this program to collaboratively develop temporary works of public art with these organizations.

These artworks will result from an in-depth collaboration between the selected artists and environmental health and advocacy organizations. The resulting works will be a catalyst to do one or more of the following: increase awareness of key environmental issues relating to air/water quality and lead toxicity; increase advocacy by members of the public about these issues in our region; develop tools that can be utilized beyond the life of the project to continue to build awareness and advocacy for the issues explored in the artwork; and increase visibility of and advocacy for environmental impacts on at-risk communities and susceptible populations.

These public artworks are expected to be present in the community served by each organization for 1-2 years. The exact vision, form, location, and materials for the project will be determined by the artist in collaboration with the organization.

Each artwork has a total budget of $35,000, which includes an artist fee for design and project management of $7,000.


About
The Office of Public Art is launching a one-year pilot program that partners three artists with organizations that have identified environmental health issues as topics of concern and advocacy.

The selected organizations are:

Center for Civic Arts in partnership with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association: In partnership, Center for Civic Arts (CCA) and Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) will work with an artist to bring attention to environmental issues such as the emission pollutants in the air that we breathe and in the water that we drink, with special emphasis on the transit corridor cutting through eastern Pittsburgh and neighboring communities. These pollutants are invisible challenges that too many citizens find incomprehensible until they can somehow see, smell, and understand these silent causes of so many health issues they may experience. 

CCA and NMRWA’s goal is to raise awareness and advocacy through public art about emission pollutants from heavy vehicular traffic and industry in the eastern Pittsburgh region, focusing on the transit corridor through Wilkinsburg and the impact on surrounding communities.

Grow Pittsburgh: There is a legacy of industrial pollution, disinvestment, and inequity in this region that manifests in the land and soil through lead contamination, blight, and residential segregation. Community gardening is one way to revitalize blighted property, remediate soil, and engage neighbors in collective effort. There are over 125 community gardens in Allegheny County that engage thousands of people and can grow hundreds of tons of food. Community gardens are gathering spaces for neighbors to engage in conversation, cross-cultural learning and shared work. By improving the health of the land and soil we can improve the health of people and communities.

Grow Pittsburgh’s goal for the artist collaboration is to advocate for healthy land and healthy communities while raising awareness of lead and heavy metals contamination in our soils and our neighborhoods. 

North Braddock Residents For Our Future: The main focus of the work of North Braddock Residents For Our Future (NBRFOF) since October 2017, has been the gathering and dissemination of information related to the proposed unconventional gas wells by Merrion Oil and Gas at Edgar Thomson Works. Due to the lack of transparency of the oil and gas industry, as well as the lack of information shared by the municipalities involved in the zoning, permitting, and planning of the proposed well pads on property owned by United States Steel and the railroad, this has been an incredible challenge. 

NBRFOF’s goal for this artist collaboration is to promote community health and clean air for our residents, while fighting unconventional gas drilling (commonly known as “fracking”) and other sources of excessive pollution in this Environmental Justice area. 

These organizations will serve on the selection panel in addition to arts professionals, Office of Public Art staff, and Advisory Committee representatives from the Breathe Project, Green Building Alliance, Neighborhood Allies, and regional environmental advocacy organizations.

Once each organization is teamed with an artist, the artist will work with this organization, its stakeholders, and the community members it serves to develop a proposal for the design and implementation of a temporary public art project. The resulting work of art will be a catalyst to do one or more of the following: increase awareness of key environmental issues relating to air/water quality and lead toxicity; increase advocacy by members of the public about these issues in our region; develop tools that can be utilized beyond the life of the project to continue to build awareness and advocacy for the issues explored in the artwork; and increase visibility of and advocacy for environmental impacts on at-risk communities and susceptible populations.

Temporary artworks are expected to be present in the community for 1-2 years. Please note that the purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity and funding for environmental health advocacy organizations and artists to collaborate on developing new ideas for temporary works of art. It is not a funding stream to implement existing plans or concepts for specific works of art.

The selected organizations and the selected artists will enter into a contract with the Office of Public Art.

This program is being supported by generous funding from The Heinz Endowments.
  

Program Structure

A project manager from OPA will be assigned to each team. Working in collaboration with the project manager, artists and organizations will acquire and refine skills to successfully implement temporary public art projects, including design development, evaluation methods, and knowledge of best practices. OPA will provide contracting services, work with the team to develop budgets, and assist with permitting and other approvals as necessary.

The program will also be supported by an Advisory Committee, which includes staff from the Breathe Project, the Green Building Alliance, Neighborhood Allies, and regional environmental advocacy organizations.

Teams will participate in bi-monthly program cohort meetings at which the different collaborations share their project development and exchange ideas. Members from the program’s Advisory Committee will also participate in these meetings.


Budget
Each artwork has a total budget of $35,000, which includes an artist fee for design and project management of $7,000.


Eligibility and Criteria
We are seeking visual artists or teams that include a visual artist. There are no residency requirements for this opportunity; however, please note that this program requires significant community participation.

Artists will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic quality of previous work
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Experience working in the public realm
  • Quality and completeness of application materials


 Selection Process

The Office of Public Art is facilitating the artist selection process for this project. Qualifications submitted through this RFQ will be reviewed by a selection committee. A limited number of artists will be invited for an interview. Only one artist or artist team will be chosen for each organization.

During the interview, artists will discuss their past work, their ability to work on the project, their interest in this particular project, and their experiences with collaboration with organizations or communities. Artists who are asked to interview for the project will not be asked to develop a model or proposal for the interview. OPA may check references to assist in the evaluation of applicants’ qualifications.

Artists may interview with multiple organizations, but can only be chosen for one project. Artists interviewing with multiple organizations may be asked to rank their preferences at the time of the interviews. 

Should the selection committee determine that none of the artists presented are the right match for the commission, the selection committee may elect to choose an artist via an invitational process.


  

Project Timeline 

Week of March 4,   2019                        Artist Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Released

March 26, 2019,   6:00 – 7:00 PM        Artist   Information Session, GPAC, 810 Penn Avenue, 7th Floor,  Pittsburgh, PA 15222

April 29, 2019,   11:59 PM EST               Deadline for Artist RFQ

Mid-May 2019                                         Artist selection panel meeting to review RFQs

Late May 2019                                        Artist interviews / selection of participating artists

Early June 2019                                      Contracts completed with Office of Public Art

June – September   2019                      Conceptual Development

October 2019 –   April 2020                 Final Design and Implementation


This timeline is subject to change without notice.


Artist Information Session
The Office of Public Art will host an information session for interested artists about the RFQ on the following date and time:

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

810 Penn Avenue, 7th floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

At this session, the Office of Public Art will discuss the application process and respond to questions. You are not required to attend this session in order to submit an application.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can also join the meeting via Zoom, an online meeting platform. To join the meeting via Zoom, go to tinyurl.com/OPA-zoom.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted electronically through Submittable, an online application system that is used by the Office of Public Art. You may access the application here: tinyurl.com/OPA-submit.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Kahmeela Friedson at the Office of Public Art at kfriedson@pittsburghartscouncil.org or via phone at 412-391-2060 x247.

Submit an application that includes:

1. An online application form with contact information. Please visit tinyurl.com/OPA-submit to access the application form.

2. A letter describing why you are interested in this project and details about one or two of your experiences collaborating or working with communities. Make sure to include your name on this file. Filetype is PDF.

Name the file using this convention: LastName _ First Name_Letter.pdf.

3. Work samples of past work, up to 10 collective images and/or video. Artist teams may submit a combined total of up to 10 work samples. Do not submit 10 work samples for each artist.  Images should be in JPG format. Videos must be no longer than 3 minutes.

Name each work sample file with your last name, first name and the numbers 1–5. For example, if your name is Romare Bearden, the first artwork in your submission should be bearden_romare_1.jpg and the second image should be bearden_romare_2.jpg.

Images should be no larger than 5’’ x 7’’ and up to 300 dpi. Each image should be no larger than 2MB.

TIP: Do not include multiple images in one file. Do not provide low-resolution images taken from social media sites such as Instagram. Videos one minute or less are preferred.

4. A script that includes the specifications of the work (title, dimensions, materials, budget [for commissioned works]) followed by a 1-2 sentence description for each image submitted.

Please consider using the following format for your script: File #, Artwork title, Dimensions, Material, Year, Budget, Brief Description. TIP: The description should provide context to the work. The description you submit may be read aloud to the selection panel as we present your application. Please consider one or two key aspects of the work, which may include inspiration for the work; the work’s key functionality; or a notable collection, exhibit, or installation site for the work. This document must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .txt format. PDF files cannot be accepted for this document. Name the file using this convention: LastName_First Name_Script.doc.

5. Your artist statement, not to exceed 300 words. This document must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .txt format. PDF files cannot be accepted for this document.

Name the file using this convention:

LastName_First Name_Statement.doc.

Artist teams who do not have previous experience collaborating should submit a statement for each artist, plus a statement of how the artists will collaborate. Make sure to include your name on this file.

6. Your resume or curriculum vitae, up to two pages. Please include at least two references who can speak about your work. Artist teams should submit one resume per artist. This document must be submitted in .pdf format.

Name the file using this convention:

LastName_First Name_Resume.pdf


Contact Information

For questions about this opportunity, contact Divya Rao Heffley of the Office of Public Art at 412-391-2060 x 250 or at dheffley@pittsburghartscouncil.org

For questions about the application process, contact Kahmeela Friedson at the Office of Public Art at 412-391-2060 x 247 or at kfriedson@pittsburghartscouncil.org.

Do not contact Center for Civic Arts, Grow Pittsburgh, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, or North Braddock Residents For Our Future about this opportunity. 

Partners

About Center for Civic Arts and Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

Center for Civic Arts is a community-based arts organization that supports artistic citizens and public art enterprises that bring forth ideas about our lives as a way to know, understand, gather and act.

Founded in 2001, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association restores and protects its watershed ecosystem, while working regionally to support and implement resilient solutions for a healthy urban environment. NMRWA educates young people and adults about environmental problems, provides citizens and elected officials with the tools to make positive change, and advocates for smarter policy choices through the Clean Rivers Campaign, the Our Water Campaign, and other regional forums.

About Grow Pittsburgh

At Grow Pittsburgh we believe that everyone in our city and region should have the opportunity to grow and eat local, healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. We make gardening accessible for home, school, and community gardeners and urban farmers. Our community gardening program works with community leaders, neighbors, and partner organizations throughout Allegheny County, both by helping build new gardens and by supporting existing gardens.

About North Braddock Residents For Our Future

North Braddock Residents For Our Future is an all volunteer, grassroots group of residents organized to promote community health and clean air, and fight unconventional gas drilling in their community. They came together in 2014 to resist proposed unconventional gas wells at the Grandview Golf Course, North Braddock, Pennsylvania. Working closely with North Braddock council members, residents and business owners, they were able to defeat the placement of unconventional gas wells at Grandview Golf Course through zoning changes. They stepped up their efforts in 2017 to resist Merrion Oil and Gas’s newly proposed unconventional gas wells at United States Steel (USS) Edgar Thomson Works (ET Works) and are currently engaged in this resistance.

About Office of Public Art

Office of Public Art is the leading agent and advocate for public art in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Founded in 2005, we serve communities and artists throughout the region by providing public art education, commissions, project management, artist selection, and artist residencies in the public realm. We collaborate with individuals and organizations in both the public and private sector.


PLEASE READ THE FULL CALL BEFORE APPLYING.