CALL FOR ARTISTS: City Steps Activation Initiative with BikePGH: (Due. Apr 24)


CALL FOR ARTISTS: City Steps Activation Initiative with BikePGH

Ends on April 24, 2019

City Steps Activation Initiative with BikePGH, Pittsburgh, PA
DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
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BUDGET: Artist Fee: $3,500; Implementation Budget: $15,000

In fall 2019, Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) and the Office of Public Art (OPA) will kickoff a ten-day city steps celebration, including artist-designed events on and around city steps. We are seeking artists or artist teams, including visual, literary, and performing artists, to be part of this exciting initiative. This is a very unique opportunity as it will not result in a physical work of public art in the traditional sense, but rather create a unique experience and expression of place and time. 

Four community partners will be selected and will work with BikePGH and OPA to each select an artist or artist team with whom they will collaborate to design and produce a place-based event for the fall celebration. Logistical and event planning support will be provided by BikePGH and OPA. 

Program Structure

BikePGH and OPA are currently in the process of identifying up to four community partners to be part of the project team. Community partners are organizations within neighborhoods that have city steps, and which have identified city steps as one of their community assets. Community partners will be identified in early April 2019. Each community partner will then participate in selecting the artist with whom they will collaborate to produce an artist-designed activation of the steps in their neighborhood. 

Once artists are selected, OPA, BikePGH, and community partners will lead meetings with artists, facilitate community design review meetings, and engage in the conceptual development of each of the four artist-designed events. OPA and BikePGH will also provide support to identify entities who must lend permission or support to execute the proposed event, linking artists with resources needed, or scaling the project to meet logistical and physical capabilities of the site. 

Finally, the project team will implement the proposed artist-designed events in the four communities. Final implementation includes community design review meetings, troubleshooting projects and event details, working with the event production contractor, and executing the events. It is expected that the artist-designed events will occur during two weekends in the fall of 2019 and installations may span from one to ten days. The city steps celebration is tentatively scheduled to launch on Friday, October 4, 2019 and close on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Dates will be confirmed with the selected community partners and artists. 

OPA and BikePGH will provide additional support to promote and document the events, and to conduct program evaluation and review, which will be shared with the community partners. 

C.  Project Budget

Artist Fee for design and project management: $3,500

Implementation Budget: $15,000

Each project has an additional allowance of up to $4,000 to provide infrastructure support for the artist-designed events, such as solar generators, signage, temporary ramps, etc. The artists commissioned for this project will work with the event production contractor to identify needs and allocate resources from this allowance to support the events. 

Community partners will receive a fee of $2,500 each to support their participation in the project. 

D.  Eligibility

This opportunity is open to any visual, performing, or literary artist or artist team with demonstrated experience collaborating with others to create experiences and events. We highly encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. Teams must include at least one artist who has experience working in community settings to be eligible. 

Artists will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic and experiential quality of previous work

  • Experience working collaboratively

  • Experience working in the public realm

  • Quality and completeness of application materials

Pittsburgh residency is not a requirement of this opportunity, but please note that any travel expenses will need to come from the project budget.

DOWNLOAD FULL CALL: Download here. 

DOWNLOAD FULL CALL: Download here. 

Jamie Earnest