Denver Arts & Venues is now accepting qualifications for three new Denver public art projects: The Urban Farm, Federal Boulevard and 25th Avenue, and Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center.
“We’re always thrilled to bring art to Denver through new commissions, but we’re especially thrilled to see how closely these three projects are connected to the community,” said Michael Chavez, program director of Denver public art. “We ask artists to consider the cultural diversity and local history of the areas and neighborhoods where these artworks will live, and for the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center project, the artist will have the opportunity to incorporate and engage members of the community in the creation of the work.”
New commissions include:
The Urban Farm: budget – $100,000, open to artists and artist teams in Colorado
The Denver Public Art judging panel is deeply invested in cultural diversity, local history, and sustainability, and aspires to create gathering spaces that are inclusive, accessible, and welcoming for all. The panel hopes to see artwork that reflects the region’s rich cultures, both current and historical. Artwork should be welcoming and interactive, and have an educational or agricultural purpose. The works could also be playful and child-friendly, as well as functional. Artists should consider the unique location of the farm and accessibility for visitors and staff, and consider incorporating a vertical feature to promote visibility from inside and outside the property of the farm. Any lighting or other electrical needs must be solar or wind powered. Interested artists can submit their qualifications at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10614.
Federal Boulevard and 25th Avenue: Budget – $49,000, open to artists and artist teams in Colorado
The Denver Public Art judging panel is deeply invested in cultural diversity and local history, and aspires to create gathering spaces that are inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all. The panel hopes to see artwork that reflects the rich cultures of the region. Works of art should be welcoming, interactive and culturally responsible. The works could also be playful and child-friendly, as well as functional. Artists should consider location, accessibility issues for visitors and residents, and the possibility of incorporating a vertical element to promote visibility, while emphasizing pedestrian perspectives. Interested artists can submit their qualifications at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10615.
Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center: budget – $20,000, open to artists and artist teams from Colorado
The City of Denver Public Art Program is seeking to commission an artist or team of artists to paint an interior mural above the reception area of the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center, located at 4890 Argonne Way in Denver. The objective of this public art commission is to create an inspiring and welcoming experience for users of the recreation centre. Artists should think about how the artwork will showcase and celebrate the culture of the neighborhood, and understand and respect the diversity of the community. The commission will require the community involvement of the selected artist.
Interested artists can submit their qualifications at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10620.
Interested candidates can submit their qualifications for all or part of the commissions on CallForEntry.org until Monday, August 29, 11:59 p.m. MST. Denver Public Art is also hosting a virtual pre-application meeting on August 10 at 5:30 p.m. for interested applicants. The meeting will cover the background and goals of the project, as well as the application process for these three RFPs: Urban Farm, Federal Boulevard and 25th Avenue, and Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center. Entrants will also get information about CallForEntry.org through which artists can apply. This event will be hosted on Zoom. Interested candidates are asked to register on Eventbrite for information on how to register ahead of the event.
More information about these calls and other Denver public art calls can be found at www.DenverPublicArt.org/For-Artists/#opportunities.
The mission of Denver Arts & Venues is to enrich and advance the quality of life and economic vitality of Denver through the advancement of artistic, cultural and entertainment opportunities for all. Arts & Venues is the city and county agency of Denver responsible for operating some of the area’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and the McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Urban Arts Fund, PS You Are Here, Denver Music Advancement Fund, the implementation of the Denver Cultural Plan, and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival . Denver Arts & Venues is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all of our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.
Denver’s public art program was established in 1988 by executive order under Mayor Federico Peña. The ordinance, signed into law by the Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the city be set aside for the inclusion of the ‘art. For the past 30 years, these works of art, along with historic and donated works of art, have constituted the City’s public art collection. The Public Art Collection has expanded the ability for Denver residents to experience art in public places.