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Public Art Call to Artists / Artist Teams

Art In Your Park: Joaquin Murrieta Park

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Ward 1
Budget for Artwork: $97,398
Application Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2022 by 11:59pm  Arizona Time



The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona invite artists or artist-led teams to submit qualifications to be considered for a permanent art commission in Joaquin Murrieta Park in Tucson, Arizona. The project is open to artists nationally and internationally and is funded by the City of Tucson Prop 407 Bond Package.

The City of Tucson seeks to commission innovative public artwork(s) that are vibrant and playful, enhance park features and amenities, cultivate a distinct sense of community identity, and acknowledge the culture and history of the region. The opportunity is open to all forms of public art that are appropriate for the desert climate. Public artwork(s) for this project may include but are not limited to art-integrated sidewalks, seating, shade structures, landscaping elements, bike parking, playground, splash pad and community pool enhancements, green infrastructure, as well as sculptures, murals, etc.

This is a fast-tracked project that will require an artist or team to begin research and design in Spring 2023 and complete fabrication and installation by Summer 2024.


On November 6, 2018, the City of Tucson voters approved Proposition 407, a $225 million bond package for capital improvements via General Obligation bonds. The bond funds will be dedicated to improving City park amenities (playgrounds, sports fields, pools, splash pads, and recreation center) as well as connections (pedestrian pathways, bicycle pathways, pedestrian and bicycle safety).


The all-inclusive maximum budget of $97,398 for all artwork enhancements must cover all costs related to the design, fabrication, lighting, and installation of the artwork(s). This amount must cover the artist fee and all costs associated with the design and fabrication of the artwork(s) including but not limited to insurance, tax, mileage, research, community engagement, panel meetings, engineering plans, and all fabrication materials and labor expenses. Please note that the rising cost of building materials will likely affect your project budget.


This public art opportunity is open to professional artists and artist-led teams both nationally and internationally. Applicants with experience creating holistic environments or integrating green material and technology are highly encouraged to apply.

Note: artist-led teams are required to select a team lead that will contract directly with the city to become a vendor. The city will disburse funds only to this individual. The team lead will also be the point of contact for all communications. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to apply as an individual.


Artists will participate in one or more public meetings to engage with the neighboring community and gather community input and feedback. Artists will adhere to protocols outlined in the Public Art Program Public Art Policy (AD 7.01-3)


Artists are selected through a fair, equitable and informed public art selection process with a panel of seven or more individuals including local artists, local art professionals, project stakeholders and members of the community. New panels are formed for every public art project.

Arts Foundation staff do not directly participate in the art selection process. Our role is to facilitate the process in accordance with the City of Tucson Public Art Program (AD 7.01-1) based on the prescribed composition in the Public Art Program Selection Policy (AD 7.01-4).

The panel will review artist submissions and conduct two artist selection meetings to determine the panel’s recommended artist for this project. The first artist selection meeting will determine three artists or artist-led teams as finalists. The three finalists will then meet with the panel to provide a presentation on their scope of work and interest in this specific project. Finalist will then participate in a Q&A session with the panel. The panel will then conclude deliberations and the selected artist will be notified on or before the “Announcement of Selected Artist” date located in the project time frame above.

Each Call To artists requires that the Panel shall select Finalists based on prior artwork and written artist Statements. The Panel will select up to three Finalists from the applicant pool. Exact dates for interviews will be scheduled once the Finalists are determined.

The Finalists may be asked to prepare artwork proposals for presentation to the Panel during a meeting that is open to the public. As part of their proposal, each Finalist shall prepare a breakdown of the budget.

Once the artist is selected, the Panel will convene as many times as necessary throughout the project and specifically to: 1. Review the completed design. 2. Recommend any changes to the design based on their expertise and the response to community input. 3. Recommend that the artist proceed to production when satisfied that all design issues have been resolved and that the Public Involvement Plan has been implemented. (City of Tucson Administrative Directives, 7.01-4 Public Art Program Selection Policy).


Public art project timelines follow the schedule of the larger improvement. Dates are subject to change. 

Friday, August 5, 2022 Call to artist Public Posting
Friday, September 9, 2022 Deadline to apply (11:59 p.m. Arizona Time)
Fall 2022 Panel Deliberations
January 2023 Public Announcement of Selected Artist
Spring 2023 – Summer 2024 Artwork Design, Public Meetings, Fabrication, Installation



If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact us or call (520) 624-0595

If you encounter any technical issues with the online application platform, please reach out to the Submittable team at or (855) 467-8264.

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DueSeptember 9, 2022
Issued DueAugust 5, 2022
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