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and Poets to Create Artwork for a Public Park in Massachusetts

Call to Artists: Copley Square Park Public Art

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City of Boston - Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

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08/05/22 5:00 PM ET


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Contracts for services to USA, Canada, and International individual visual artists and poets to create new artwork for a public park in Massachusetts. Types of artwork installations include poetry, light projections, pavers and walkways, and sculptures. Funding is intended for the creation of original work to be integrated into the new design of Copley Square Park in Boston.

This is a Call to Artists for several opportunities for artists to create public artworks including poetry, light projections, ground plane interventions, and a small sculpture series that honor community solidarity, empathy, and acknowledgment of loss. Supporting communal gathering and envisioning public interactions will be a crucial component of each design. This Call is related to the City of Boston’s One Boston Resilience Project, and the artworks will be sited at the soon-to-be renovated Copley Square Park.

Through the Call to Artists for this project, the City seeks to commission artworks that will be integrated into the new design of Copley Square Park and, in conjunction with the new landscape design, help create a welcoming space for communal gathering. The artworks will express communal solidarity in response to violence and will prioritize the experience of people across all neighborhoods of Boston so that they can gather and reflect. For more information on the artwork theme, see p. 8 of the Call to Artists in Supporting Documents below. 

Artists are welcome to apply for all opportunities available:

  • Poetry: Up to three poets will be selected to craft new poems that reflect the spirit of the One Boston Resilience Project. Final texts will be installed in locations within the park in collaboration with the landscape architect or other artists.
  • Small-Scale Sculptures: Artists are invited to submit proposals for the creation of small-scale, site-specific sculptures to be installed within the newly renovated Copley Square Park. Sculptures should be constructed of materials appropriate for long-term installation in humid, continental climate conditions.
  • Light Projections: Artists are invited to submit an initial project concept for light projections, including hardware, within the newly renovated Copley Square Park. Designs should create opportunities that provide audiences with “a welcoming space for communal gathering and a space for individual reflection and contemplation” and “should evoke the emotions of empathy, unity, and acknowledgement of loss.”
  • Pavers and Walkways: Artists are invited to submit proposals for interventions into the pavers and walkways of the park. These ground plane interventions include but are not limited to: Patterns in Concrete Unit Pavers, Patterns and/or inclusions in cast-in-place concrete walkways, and Imprint in cast concrete pavers and/or cat-in-place walkways

For more information on each opportunity, see p. 10 of the Call to Artists in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 204600

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Poetry Budget: $5,000 each for up to three poets
- Pavers and Walkways Budget: $75,000
- Light Projections Budget: $100,000
- Small Sculptures Budget: $150,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Call is open to all practicing visual artists and poets who are 18 years of age and older, national and international, with a strong preference for artists and poets with experience working on projects related to the themes of anti-violence, resilience, and empathy.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Q & A: Thursday, July 14 at noon and 6pm

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Pre-Application Information:

- Call Released: Monday, June 27, 2022, at noon ET.
- Virtual Q&A: Thursday, July 14 at noon and 6 p.m. ET.
- Written questions about the content or requirements are welcome until Tuesday, July 26 2022.
- Call Closes: Friday, August 5, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET.
- September: Artists are notified

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Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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