SaludArte Grant Program Provides NEW Opportunities for Artists!

Nov 30, 2022 | Calls to Artists, Public Art Opportunities, SaludArte

Opportunity Details

Status: Closed
Due date: January 18, 2023 11:59 pm
Managed by: Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Pima County Department of Health
Submission link:
We are thrilled to announce a NEW Grant Program for Artists in collaboration with the Pima County Department of Health!

SaludArte Call to Artists / Artist Teams: Temporary Art Installations

Pima County Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC
Budget for Artwork: $30,000 per project – 
Five (5) Artists/Artists Teams will be selected (Budget is All-Inclusive of Artist Design Fee, Insurance, Permits, Materials, Production, Installation) 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 by 11:59pm Arizona Time


In collaboration with Pima County Department of Health, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (Arts Foundation) is seeking five (5) qualified Artists/Artist Teams of all disciplines to apply through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) application process. The Temporary Public Art opportunity is open to Artists/Artist Teams with a historic connection to this region and those living in Southern Arizona. 


SaludArte is a collaborative project between the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and the Pima County Health Department to find ways in which community engagement, health, and art can intersect to amplify the voices and experiences of our community while also helping to increase health equity, access, literacy and COVID-19 mitigation across Pima County. 

Community members in each supervisory district that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will convene in a series of meetings to share their stories of the pandemic and hopes for a resilient and brighter future. Five Artists/Artist Teams will be selected to create art projects informed by the voices of participants in each supervisory district. The artworks will be exhibited at a community wide event in the Fall of 2023. 


The SaludArte artworks must be informed by the voices of the Saludarte Committee members in their selected supervisory districts. Participants will share the impact COVID-19 had on themselves and their community and their hopes, dreams and strategies for a resilient and healthy future.  

The artwork will be developed in collaboration with the SaludArte Committee members in each district. The selected Artists/Artist Teams must translate these shared experiences into a Temporary Public Art project that will be exhibited at a community-wide event in Fall of 2023.  


This call is open to all artistic disciplines, with an emphasis on Artists/Artist Teams who can listen and collaborate with community to create an artwork interpreting the stories shared by participants in their selected district.  

The artwork should be interactive, dynamic and illustrate the experiences of the SaludArte Committee members in their designated district. No specific medium has been identified. However, mediums that lend themselves to temporary, time-based, or interactive artworks are preferred and will be given priority. The Artists/Artist Teams will retain ownership of the artwork throughout the project timeline and after the culminating event.  


The Temporary Public Art opportunity is open to individual Artists/Artist Teams with a historic connection to this region and those living in Pima County.  

All interested applicants are encouraged and invited to apply, including but not 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. Applicants must specify in their application which supervisory district they are applying to work with and will undergo review only for that specific district. 

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 may consider forming an LLC or should designate the team lead as signatory to contract with the Arts Foundation. If selecting the team lead as signatory, the Arts Foundation will contract with them directly as the “Vendor/Contractor.” The Team lead will be responsible for managing all financial responsibilities related to the contract (including taxes). Subcontracting and performance of team members is the exclusive responsibility of the Vendor/Contractor. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual. 


The finished artworks will be exhibited temporarily at various locations and at the community-wide event in the Fall of 2023. Time, duration and location to be determined with Saludarte Committee member input.  

The Artist/Artist Team will work with the Saludarte Committee members in their designated district to identify a location for the temporary art installation on private property in their respective District.  The duration of the temporary artwork installation in any specific district will be determined in collaboration between the Artist and the SaludArte Committee members from each District. Artist fees are all-inclusive and are meant to cover any and all costs associated with risk management, insurance, maintenance for the duration of the installation, fabrication, assistant fees, etc. (see Artwork Budget below for details).  

Pima County District Maps


Each selected Artist/Artist Team will manage an all-inclusive budget of $30,000. Each artwork must cover all costs related to the artist’s fee; labor of assistants, materials, and contracted services required for production and installation; permit fees, as required; business, insurance, and legal costs directly related to the project; dealer’s fees, if any; communication, mailing, and other indirect costs; transportation and travel expenses, if any; site preparation; installation of the completed artwork; and any applicable taxes as well as any other unanticipated costs that are not outlined here. 


Public Art project timelines follow the schedule of the SaludArte Committee meetings in each district.  Dates are subject to change depending on the SaludArte Committee members availability. However, the anticipated timeline for SaludArte Committee meetings that include the finalists and selected artists will occur from December 2022 through March 2023. The selected Artist/Artist Team will be expected to participate in at least 2-3 meetings between this time frame. Dates are subject to change. 

  • November 23, 2022 – Call to Artist Guidelines Posted 
  • January 18, 2022 – Application Deadline 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time 
  • January 25, 2022 – SaludArte Committee scores applicants 
  • February 8, 2023 – Artist Selection | Finalists Interviews 
  • February 28, 2023 – Announcement of Recommended Artists/Artist Teams 
  • March 3, 2023 – Artist/Artist teams collaborate with participants in their designated supervisory district to inform the concept of the art project 
  • March 15, 2023 –Artist/Artist Teams pitches conceptual design to participants for final approval 
  • March – June 30, 2023 – Final Design Phase & Production Phase 
  • October 2023 – Installation of artworks at Community Event(s), location and date to be determined 


If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact us at or by phone at 520-979-2142. 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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