Art In Your Park Application Opens!
By: Jenea Sanchez
/ January 14, 2022 @ 12:00:am

Art In Your Park Application Opens!

Call to Artists / Artist Teams

Art In Your Park: Ward 1

City of Tucson, Arizona

Budget for Artwork: $45,941
Application Deadline: February 11, 2022 by 11:59pm  Arizona Time


The City of Tucson is seeking artists and/or artist teams to create public art in connection with Prop 407 park improvements for Tucson parks. The scope of work involves creating artwork in two different parks, John F. Kennedy Park and Barrio Nopal Park. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for designing and fabricating artwork under the guidance of the Public Art Project Panel assembled for this project. The selected artists(s) will be required to provide professional construction design plans to the City of Tucson for approval prior to fabrication. The artwork should reflect the culture and aesthetics of the community to promote distinctive neighborhood identities. Representatives of each community will be involved in the design process. 

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).

This Call to Artists is for artwork that will be integrated into Phase 1 of Prop 407 park improvements for each of the following City of Tucson parks: John F. Kennedy Park and Barrio Nopal Park.



The all-inclusive final budget of $45,941 for artwork(s) must cover any and all costs related to the design, fabrication and all fees of the artwork(s) in the two parks. This amount is expected to 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. This is the total design budget for both parks. The artist will work with the Public Art Project Panel to determine how the funds will be allocated for each park.


This Public Art opportunity is open to professional artists that have been pre-approved on the Arts Foundation Artist Roster. Artists with experience in community engagement are encouraged to apply. Artists new to the field of public art are also encouraged to apply. Please note that fabrication of the artist(s) design must be completed by the artist or by a professional fabricator under the direction of the artist. All designs will need to go through an approval process conducted by Tucson Risk Management Division prior to the start of any fabrication.


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

Friday, January 14, 2022 Call To Artist Roster Posting
Friday, February 11, 2022 Application Deadline at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time
Friday, February 18, 2022 1st Art Panel Meeting to select 3 Finalists
Friday, March 4, 2022 2nd Art Panel Meeting, Finalists Interviews
Friday, April 1, 2022 Announcement of Selected Artist
Spring – Fall 2022 Artwork Design, Public Meetings, Fabrication, Installation

Click Here to learn more and apply!



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