The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is the designated arts agency for City of Tucson and Pima County, responsible for providing local arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions, and contracts to artists and arts organizations.


Call to Artists/Teams for Public Art, Request for Qualifications

Grant Road Phase 3 & 4

City of Tucson, Arizona
Budget for Artwork                                                                                                $293,035

Application Deadline     Feb 3, 2020

Submissions are accepted online only. See additional details in the Application Procedure Section below.

Project Description: The City of Tucson is seeking an artist, artist(s) or an artist team to join a multi-talented group of roadway engineering planners/designers, landscape design architects, traffic engineers, drainage engineers, plus other engineers and technical specialists engaged in geological, materials, utilities, rights-of-way and environmental work to create public art in connection with this major project work. 

The improvements will widen Grant Road from Alvernon Way to Swan to six lanes with ADA compliant sidewalks, bicycle paths, a multi-use path, drainage improvements, traffic signal improvements, dark skies street lighting, water harvesting and native plant landscaping. 

Document Links

Roadway 60% Plans Link: Click to Download

http://www.grantroad.info/phase-3-4

Status: The design plans are currently at the 60% stage. Construction of the roadway is anticipated to begin in the later part of 2020 and will take at least a year or so to complete.

Art Location Opportunities: Locations for the art pieces are not available along this specified route thus allowing the coordination with the successful artist that is awarded the contract. Areas along the multi-use path offer unique locations for freestanding art.

Timing: The artwork design timeline for the artist/team work is expected to begin in May 2020 and will extend into late 2021 with art installation anticipated before completion of urban corridor project construction in late 2021. The selected artist should be prepared to immediately begin working with the selection panel once legally under contract to the City.

Eligibility: All interested artists are encouraged and invited to apply. Artists previously experienced working with roadway design teams and who currently possess the capacity to deliver the results of a long-term project are of particular interest to the panel.

Art Budget: The budget of  $293,035 must cover all costs related to design, materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, plus costs for all permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by the City of Tucson, Pima County, or the State of Arizona.

Expectations: The selected artist is expected to attend up to three public meetings during the design process in addition to meeting with the design team, potentially monthly, throughout the design process. The artist must meet with the Project Panel organized by the Arts Foundation for review, comments, and approval of the design before officially beginning artwork production.

Selection Process: An artist panel, composed of technical project professionals, professional and amateur artists, as well as local community members, will select up to three finalists, based upon qualifications as demonstrated through their materials submitted in the call to artists. Interviews with finalists will be scheduled once the three finalists are determined. If preliminary designs are required, each finalist will receive a $100.00 honorarium for the development of the preliminary proposal and will be expected to present their proposals during the interview. If preliminary designs are not required, the finalists will be requested to present samples of their past work results. The Arts Foundation is unable to pay travel expenses.

Calls to Artists issued by the Arts Foundation are available on our website at http://artsfoundtucson.org/artists-organizations/opportunities/  Internet access is available at all public libraries. Artists may sign up to receive email notification of public art opportunities offered through the Arts Foundation at http://artsfoundtucson.org/about/.

Application Procedure: Please follow the instructions below. The Arts Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all applications not following the stated instructions.

Online Application Procedure.

Artists applying for this commission must submit the following materials online through the application host Submittable

Note:  You may apply as an individual artist or as an artist team. You cannot apply twice, once in each category.

The following materials are required:

1.  Bio and Body of Work Content, a short, simple, video, no longer than three (3) minutes in length covering your personal background and body of work. This video will not be assessed on the production quality of the video – please feel free to use the video function on your phone – it is the information that you discus and how it relates to your portfolio images that will be considered by the panel. 

There are many ways to film a short video; you can film a video on a digital camera, your cell phone, or a webcam on a computer. Feel free to incorporate other images or examples you might have. Videos may be uploaded as a file or linked from a video hosting site (such as Youtube or Vimeo) by a URL in the Submittable application portal.

2.   Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages, which highlights pertinent experience. If applying as a team, limit each team member resume to 1 page.  Do not include portrait photographs in the resume.  Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.

3.   Image List, organized to correspond with the image order, identifying each artwork by artist, title, year completed, medium, dimensions, and a brief description, but not to exceed 1 page in length. Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.

4.   10 digital images of artwork in JPG file format. Teams must adhere to the total of eight images for the team application. Individual files should be named to correspond to the image list requested below. The JPG file names must include the artist name, an image number, and the image title. A suggested convention for naming the files starts with your last name followed by a number (1-8) and then a brief title of the artwork (Example: Jones-1-Freeflight.jpg).

Receipt. Submittable will send you an email acknowledgement receipt, within 48 hours

Online Application Deadline:   March 5, 2020

Timeline (Please note: The schedule below is tentative, as capital improvement project schedules typically have many variables that influence when tasks may be able to start and finish)

Call to Artists Issue Date                               Feb 5, 2020

Application Deadline                                      Mar 5, 2020

Selection Process                                          April – May 2020

Approval and Contracting                              June 2020

Artwork Design                                             July –Oct.  2020

Production and Installation:                            December 2021

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta at (520) 460-4506 or jdacosta@artsfoundtucson.org .

Call to Artists/Teams for Public Art, Request for Qualifications

Reid Park Zoo – Master Plan Implementation – Phase I

City of Tucson, Arizona

Budget for Artwork                                             $279,000

Application Deadline   March 5, 2020

Submissions are accepted online only. See additional details in the Application Procedure Section below.

Project Description: The City of Tucson and the Reid Park Zoo are seeking an artist, artist(s) or an artist team to join a multi-talented group of architects/designers, engineers, landscape architects, plus other technical specialists engaged in the overall design of the project. 

The Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.” As a conservation-based community resource, the use of sustainable products and features is encouraged.

The improvements consist of a new flamingo exhibit, renovation of the existing main entry area, a new play area and a new expansion to the zoo representative of Asia. The latter will include a new public pavilion building and reptile house, as well as tiger, sloth bear, siamang, fishing cat and red panda exhibits. The expansion is approximately 4 acres. 

Project Location: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 East Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716

Link to Construction Plans: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/enl6qaskh5g7xmq/AAD78uqyp41TPth0mAj1ErUDa?dl=0

Project Status: The project is being implemented in 2 phases with construction dates currently projected as follows:

Flamingo & Front Entry – April, 2020 to October, 2020

Play Area and Asia Expansion – January, 2021 to July, 2022

Art Opportunities: There are a multitude of opportunities on this project for an array of mediums, including traditional pieces, such as sculptures and murals, however, the building elements themselves will provide numerous prospects, involving pavements/pedestrian walks, benches, fencing & gates, signage and themed, shotcrete walls & structures. The zoo is also envisioning a large (approximately 10’ tall) ‘Zoo’ sign at the main entry, where they are looking for something striking and exceptional. Work involving educational elements are also encouraged.  

It should be noted that chances are high, the work will be outdoors and subject to the elements. The work will also likely result in very high interaction with patrons and as such, all work must be extremely safe and durable. All work of a structural nature must include the services of a structural engineer, registered in the state of Arizona.   

Timing: The artwork design timeline for the artist/team work is expected to align with the design and construction of the project with the art installation anticipated to be completed before construction completes for the various phases (if work is proposed in a particular area, it should be completed in conjunction with the construction of that phase) The selected artist should be prepared to immediately begin working with the selection panel, once legally under contract to the City.

Eligibility: All interested artists are encouraged and invited to apply. Artists previously experienced working with design teams and who currently possess the capacity to deliver the results of a large scale, long-term project are of particular interest to the panel.

Art Budget: The budget of $279,000 must be all-inclusive, covering all costs related to design, engineering (if applicable), materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, plus costs for all permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by the City of Tucson, Pima County, or the State of Arizona.

Expectations: The selected artist is expected to attend up to three public meetings during the design process in addition to meeting with the design team, potentially monthly, throughout the design process. The artist must meet with the Project Panel organized by the Arts Foundation for review, comments, and approval of the design before officially beginning artwork production.

Selection Process: An artist panel, composed of technical project professionals, professional and amateur artists, as well as local community members, will select up to three finalists, based upon qualifications as demonstrated through their materials submitted in the call to artists. Interviews with finalists will be scheduled once the three finalists are determined. If preliminary designs are required, each finalist will receive a $100.00 honorarium for the development of the preliminary proposal and will be expected to present their proposals during the interview. If preliminary designs are not required, the finalists will be required to present samples of their past work results. The Arts Foundation is unable to pay travel expenses.

Calls to Artists issued by the Arts Foundation are available on our website at https://artsfoundtucson.org/artists-organizations/artist-organization-opportunities/ Internet access is available at all public libraries. Artists may sign up to receive email notification of public art opportunities offered through the Arts Foundation at http://artsfoundtucson.org/about/.

Application Procedure: Please follow the instructions below. The Arts Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all applications not following the stated instructions.

Online Application Procedure.

Artists applying for this commission must submit the following materials online through the application host Submittable.  

Note:  You may apply as an individual artist or as an artist team. You cannot apply twice, once in each category.

The following materials are required:

1.  Bio and Body of Work Content, a short, simple, video, no longer than three (3) minutes in length covering your personal background and body of work. This video will not be assessed on the production quality of the video – please feel free to use the video function on your phone – it is the information that you discus and how it relates to your portfolio images that will be considered by the panel. 

There are many ways to film a short video; you can film a video on a digital camera, your cell phone, or a webcam on a computer. Feel free to incorporate other images or examples you might have. Videos may be uploaded as a file or linked from a video hosting site (such as Youtube or Vimeo) by a URL in the Submittable application portal.

2.   Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages, which highlights pertinent experience. If applying as a team, limit each team member resume to 1 page.  Do not include portrait photographs in the resume.  Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.

3.   Image List, organized to correspond with the image order, identifying each artwork by artist, title, year completed, medium, dimensions, and a brief description, but not to exceed 1 page in length. Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.

4.   10 digital images of artwork in JPG file format. Teams must adhere to the total of eight images for the team application. Individual files should be named to correspond to the image list requested below. The JPG file names must include the artist name, an image number, and the image title. A suggested convention for naming the files starts with your last name followed by a number (1-8) and then a brief title of the artwork (Example: Jones-1-Freeflight.jpg).

Receipt. Submittable will send you an email acknowledgement receipt, within 48 hours

Online Application Deadline:  March 5, 2020

Timeline (Please note: The schedule below is tentative, as capital improvement project schedules typically have many variables that influence when tasks may be able to start and finish)

Call to Artists Issue Date     February 5. 2020

Application Deadline                               March 5, 2020

Selection Process                                      March, 2020

Approval and Contracting                      April-May, 2020

Artwork Design & Permitting               June - August, 2020

Production and Installation:                 September, 2020 – July, 2022

Note: The above timeline is tentative and highly dependent on the proposed work(s) and locations in regard to correlated construction schedules.

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta at (520) 460-4506 or jdacosta@artsfoundtucson.org .

The Pima County Youth Arts Scholarship is an opportunity to earn a $2,140 scholarship toward enrollment at Pima Community College or Tohono O'odham Community College. The Youth Arts Scholarship is designed to identify and reward high school seniors within Pima County who demonstrate excellence in Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Media Arts, or Literary Arts.

The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020. Students will be notified of the status of their application by Monday, March 30, 2020. Funds are made available to the college for students’ use at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.

Please be sure to read the full PCYAS guidelines before you apply. These can be found here.

If you have technical questions (such as trouble uploading a video or file), contact Submittable at (855) 467-8264. For further questions, contact Natalia Gabrielsen at ngabrielsen@artsfoundtucson.org. 

La Beca para Jóvenes Artistas del Condado Pima ofrece a los jóvenes artistas en las áreas de danza, música, teatro, artes visuales, literatura, o medios que se encuentran cursando el último año de preparatoria y que desean continuar sus estudios en el Pima Community College o en el Tohono O'odham Community College la oportunidad de obtener una beca de $ 2,140 dólares para gastos de inscripción. 

La fecha límite para el envío de la aplicación es el lunes, 2 de marzo de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m. Cabe señalar, que no se aceptarán solicitudes tardías. Los participantes recibirán una notificación sobre el estado de su solicitud a más tardar el lunes, 30 de marzo de 2020. Los fondos se pondrán a disposición del colegio comunitario para que los estudiantes los utilicen al inicio del semestre de otoño 2020.


Lea las pautas completas antes de presentar su solicitud. Estos se pueden encontrar aquí.


Recuerde que el personal de Arts Foundation está aquí para orientarlo. Cualquier pregunta o duda que pueda tener respecto a la beca o al proceso de solicitud, favor de ponerse en contacto con Natalia Gabrielsen, Encargada de Becas y Servicios por medio de su correo electrónico: ngabrielsen@artsfoundtucson.org o llamando al siguiente número telefónico (520) 460-4505.

Please refer to the New Works Artist Project Grant Guidelines at https://artsfoundtucson.org/grant/new-works/ for details on how to apply.
    

Overview 

The New Works Artist Project Grant seeks to support the depth and breadth of innovative new artwork created and produced in the City of Tucson and Pima County. It supports individual artists’ projects that meet the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines. Creation activities must include the production of new artwork with an original and imaginative approach to content and form, as well as a public sharing, premiere, or presentation of the final piece. 

Award Amount 

Up to five awards of $4,000 will be granted to selected projects. Eighty percent of the full award, $3,200, will be granted at the beginning of the grant period (June 2020), and twenty percent of the full award, $800, will be provided at the end of the grant period upon fulfillment of the award terms (June 2021). 

Award Disciplines 

This cycle, applications will be open to the fields of Visual Arts, Literary Arts, and Video/Film/Moving Image. If you consider your work to be interdisciplinary, you must be ready to describe how it relates to one or more of these fields. 

Disciplines alternate each year, and support for the fields of Performing Arts, Music/Sound, and Emerging Fields will be available in FY 2021-2022.


Dates and Deadlines
Application Open: Friday, February 3, 2020 

Workshop 1: Monday, February 24, 2020 – 5:30 pm - 6:30pm | Historic Brings Coworking at 236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701                                            

Workshop 2: Monday, March 16, 2020 – 5:30 pm - 6:30pm | Historic Brings Coworking at 236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

Application Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Applicants will receive notifications of funding decisions by Friday, May 29, 2020 and funds will be allocated for recipients’ use by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona