May 6, 2022 | Arts Foundation Opportunities, Calls to Artists, Public Art Opportunities

Opportunity Details

Status: Closed
Managed by: Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Public Art Call to Artists / Artist Teams

Art In Your Park: Ward 1

This Public Art opportunity is open to professional Artists that have been pre-approved on the Arts Foundation Artist Roster

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.  

“Our community is fortunate to have an abundance of spectacular natural wilderness. Our strong appreciation for artistic and cultural heritage is evident in the many beautiful murals, sculptures, and other public works of art throughout our community. The Art in Your Park Call to Artists is a wonderful opportunity for local artists to celebrate and beautify two parks, giving Tucsonans yet another chance to see nature and art in tandem.”
– District 5 Supervisor Adelita S Grijalva 


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.  


The selected Artist(s) will contract directly with the City of Tucson to produce the artworks. The Artist(s) will work directly with the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department Project Manager, the Arts Foundation Public Art Project Manager, and the Public Art Project Panel. Throughout the design phase, the Artist(s) will work closely with the Panel towards approval of a final design. As part of the Public Involvement Process of the Tucson Public Art program, the Artist(s) may be expected to attend one or more public meetings to engage with the neighboring community and to present proposed designs throughout the design process for community input and feedback. The Artist(s) will adhere to protocols outlined in the City of Tucson Administrative Directives throughout the scope of the project.Page Break 


Artists and artwork will be chosen through a fair, equitable and informed public art selection process involving a broad array of stakeholders and the community at large. The Artist(s) will be selected through an open and competitive process in which any Arts Foundation approved Roster Artist is eligible to enter. 

Arts Foundation shall convene a new Public Art Project Panel for this project based on the prescribed composition in the Public Art Selection Policy. The seven-member minimum Panel includes representation from arts professionals, working Artists, the City Department sponsoring the project, involved stakeholders such as neighborhood community members (including recommendations from the Ward office), and the Project Manager.  

This 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 / Artist Team 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, 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

Prepare Application 

Carefully review the Public Art Call to Artists Guidelines and read the linked resources to ensure a clear understanding of the requirements, eligibility, expectations, and scope of the opportunity. 

Submit Application 

Go to the online application form, Submittable:
Search for 2022 Art In Your Park: Ward 1 and select Submit Application.
If you already have an account, Sign In. If you don’t have account, select Sign Up to create one.
Complete Applicant Contact Information.
Upload Artist Statement. Select your preferred method for submitting the statement and follow prompts to upload a written document, video, or post a link.
Upload Résumé. Click “Add File” to upload document.
Upload Artwork List. Click “Add File” to upload document.
Upload Artwork Samples. Click “Add Files” to upload images.
Complete Demographic Data.
Review your application one last time! Then, select Submit Application to submit. 


A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided in Step 5, within 48 hours.
Finalists may be invited to present to the Panel to interview.
All applicants will be notified of their award status by the end of March 2022.


Please complete the application entirely and submit by February 11, at 11:59 pm. Remember to check your time zone. All application materials must be submitted electronically via Submittable. Technical assistance is available to address accessibility requests. Please contact for more information. 

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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