Thursday, February 16, 2012

City of Durham Seeks Public Art Proposals

Artists in Durham should take note that the City of Durham is looking for proposals for new works of art to be displayed in public places.

The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development is seeking proposals for projects in support of the Cultural Master Plan Public Art Pilot Project Initiative from qualified non-profits, local governments, for-profit entities, and artists.

Projects must lead to the creation of new works of art or decorative art designed for permanent display in public places, which may include either government-owned or privately owned locations, or must involve community participation in a public process for the temporary installation of new works of art in public places. Public places are defined as indoor or outdoor locations generally accessible to the public.

Preference will be given to projects in the general downtown area and in neighborhoods designated as targeted neighborhoods by the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Projects for the CCB Plaza, the Five Points area, Durham Station Transportation Center, and the Bull City Connector are encouraged.

A total of $25,000 is available to support one or more projects. Additional funds may be available, depending on the nature and timing of the project. Preference will also be given to projects which match Cultural Master Plan funding with other funds provided by, or developed by, the candidate.

The application deadline is March 29, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. The request for proposal form is available on the City’s website. Completed applications should be sent to the attention of Cultural Master Plan Coordinator Peter Coyle

The project is administered by the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development using funds designated for this purpose by the Durham Cultural Advisory Board. Funding for the project was provided by a grant to the City of Durham from the County of Durham from funds designated for implementation of the Durham Cultural Master Plan.

Durham is routinely lauded for its open and welcoming community which makes it a haven for artists.  Learn more about accolades Durham receives here.

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