NEW Public Art Opportunity in Tucson: Art In Your Park: Ward 5!

Jun 7, 2022 | Arts Foundation Programs, Calls to Artists, Opportunities, Public Art, Public Art Opportunities

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Public Art Call to Artists / Artist Teams

Art In Your Park: Ward 5

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Ward 5
Budget for Artwork: $72,602
Application Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2022 by 11:59pm  Arizona Time




The City of Tucson is seeking Artists and 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 City of Tucson parks, CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras Memorial Park and Santa Rita 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: CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras Memorial Park & Santa Rita Park 


The all-inclusive final budget of $72,602 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. 


The Public Art opportunity is open to professional Artists and Artist Teams worldwide. All interested Artists and Artist Teams are encouraged and invited to apply, including but not be limited to individuals or teams who are engaged full-time or part-time in the production of eligible works of art, teachers of art, and emerging professional artists.   

Note: Artist Teams are required to select a team lead as a point of contact for all communications. If selected for the project, team members will need to enter into a Joint Venture or may designate the team lead as signatory in order to contract with the County. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual. 

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