City of Tempe: Arts in the Parks – Call for Visual Artists

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2024-05-06
  • Organization: City of Tempe: Community Arts
  • Organization Type: Government
  • Location: Tempe, AZ
  • Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Recurring: Array
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The City of Tempe is seeking an experienced visual artist or artist collective to create a participatory art piece that is site specific to 8 Arts in the Parks events occurring between September 23 to November 7, 2024. The installation must integrate or address illumination to ensure that the piece remains visible in both daylight and darkness for events spanning from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This artwork should be vibrant, dynamic, and engaging to encourage community exploration and creative collaboration. The artwork must incorporate components that can be touched, arranged, or modified by attendees of all ages over the course of the event(s). Possible approaches could include but are not limited to artist made objects that the attendees are encouraged to alter or construct with, or artworks designed with movable parts, interactive elements, or mechanisms that allows park visitors to become active participants in shaping the visual and sensory experience within the park. Successful candidates are expected to attend Arts in the Parks events and meetings related to this project. Artists with an interest in responding to and collaborating with community are encouraged to apply.

Park locations are in Tempe, Arizona: Indian Bend, Scudder, Corbell, Mary and Moses Green, Meyer, Optimist, Clark, and Daumler.

Arts in the Parks Program Description
Arts in the Parks is a City of Tempe Community Arts program that brings arts-focused events and activities to parks throughout Tempe, Arizona. With sixteen free events throughout the year this program activates outdoor community spaces and gives Tempe residents an opportunity to connect with their neighbors and professional artists while expressing their creativity.

These hyper local events are customized for each park community based on feedback received at previous events and advertised exclusively to the households in close vicinity to each park. Around 250-600 residents of all ages attend each Arts in the Parks event to enjoy themed arts activities, listen to live music, and indulge in the offerings of local food trucks. The Arts in the Parks program places a strong emphasis on inclusive arts encounters that are accessible to everyone, recognizing the diverse composition of each park community in terms of age, cultural backgrounds, and abilities.

Compensation: Up to $40,000 for 8 park events for one artist or artist collective.
(Includes artist stipend and all materials)