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Public Art Call to Artists / Artist Teams

Southside Public Safety Complex

City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments
Budget for Artwork: $292,776
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 by 11:59 pm Arizona Time

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The City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments in collaboration with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona invite artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to be considered for a permanent art commission in the new Southside Public Facility Complex for Police and Fire in Tucson, Arizona. The project is open to artists nationally and internationally and is funded by Prop 101 – Tucson Delivers program.

The City of Tucson seeks to commission innovative public artwork(s) that enhances a shared public space with community and fire and police located at this new public facility. 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 stand alone sculpture, seating, shade structures, and integrative and functional elements. The artwork will be located outside, so sustainable materials as well as functionality in the Arizona climate are essential to address for long-term maintenance. The location of the Art Plaza has been set aside as the site for the public artwork. The Art Plaza is an outdoor public space, located at the SE corner of the complex and adjacent to the Community basketball court. This public space is accessible from the public parking lot, located along S. Park Avenue, at the corner of Fair Street. The plaza is approximately 60 x 100 feet and will provide an outdoor opportunity not only for the users of the Southside Public Facility, but for the surrounding community as well.

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


The all-inclusive maximum fixed amount of the budget of $292,776 is for all artwork enhancements and must cover all costs related to the design, fabrication, any 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.


Artists will participate in one or more public meetings to engage with the Police and Fire personnel as well as 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 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. Finalists 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 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 all design concepts. 2. Recommend any changes to designs based on their expertise and the response to community input. 3. Recommend that the artist proceed to Risk Management Review and production when satisfied that all design issues have been resolved, consensus on the final design achieved, and that the Public Involvement Plan has been implemented. in accordance with the Public Art Program Selection Policy (AD 7.01-4).



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

Wednesday, August 31, 2022   Call to Artist Public Posting
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Deadline to apply (11:59 p.m. Arizona Time)
Late Fall 2022 Panel Deliberations
February 2023 Public Announcement of Selected Artist
Winter 2023-September 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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DueOctober 12, 2022
Issued DueAugust 31, 2022
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