Continuing its commitment to foster the next generation of public artists, Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, announces two open calls—LaunchPAD and TEMPO 2017. Both initiatives are paid opportunities designed to provide training for those interested in the field of public art.
LaunchPAD will pair established and emerging public artists in a mutually beneficial partnership that gives artists who are new to the field opportunities to work on significant public art commissions, under the tutelage of experienced practitioners. TEMPO2017 marks the fourth year of the City’s successful program in which local artists are commissioned to create temporary public artworks and installations for select locations around Austin.
“TEMPO has been a highly successful program for training dozens of Austin’s up-and-coming public artists,” remarked Meghan Wells, Manager of the Cultural Arts Division. “We are pleased to build upon that progress with LaunchPAD, an initiative that will provide artists a more in-depth understanding of how to navigate public art commissions here in Austin and in other cities.”
LaunchPAD (PAD=Public Art Duo) will offer professional development opportunities for local artists interested in a career in public art. By pairing established public artists with those emerging in the field, the program will enable visual artists to gain technical and administrative expertise while providing services benefitting a public art project for the City. In this way, AIPP hopes to bolster Austin’s public art collection, and to position the city as a nexus for highly skilled public artists.
The program will apply to City of Austin public art projects with a budget over $200,000, as appropriate to the specifics of each project. When a new eligible artwork opportunity is opened, a selection panel will review the current pool of applicants to determine the best fitting artist for the project. Applications for the program atre due the 15th of each month.
LaunchPAD artists will assist the commissioned artists by providing practical and project management-related services such as materials research, attendance at meetings, review of applicable local codes/permit requirements, support during design, fabrication and/or installation of the artwork. (There is no expectation that an artwork will be created by the LaunchPAD artist through this program.) The length of the LaunchPAD artist contract will mirror the length of the commissioned artist’s total project duration. LaunchPAD artists will be paid a flat fee of $15,000 for their work on the project.
Click here to view the LaunchPAD Request for Qualifications.
AIPP seeks to commission nine temporary public artworks for the 2017 cycle of the TEMPO program. Professional visual artists or artists teams who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. The artwork budget for each of the nine commissions is a maximum of $10,000.
One commission each will be awarded in nine of the City’s ten Council Districts. (District 3 will serve as the location for all TEMPO artworks for a two-week festival during the East Austin Studio Tour in November, and therefore, will not have a separate commission.) Artists may select from a list of City-owned sites in each district, including parkland, recreation centers and libraries, but must be flexible, as some works may be relocated to a different site within their chosen district, or to a different district altogether.
Artworks will be exhibited during September, October and November. Artists will reinstall the artworks in a District 3 parkland, to be determined, for a public art festival of all the TEMPO 2017 artworks, as a registered group exhibition during the East Austin Studio Tour in November 2017. Proposals must be submitted by March 16, 2017 at 5 PM CST through www.PublicArtist.org, an online application system. To view the complete Request for Proposals, visit www.tinyurl.com/AustinAIPP.
Artist Information Meetings for both TEMPO and LaunchPAD will be held on Tuesdays, February 7 and 21 at the Cultural Arts Division Offices at 201 E. 2nd St. – 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Staff will also be available during Open Office Hours on Friday, March 10, 2:00-4:00 PM. The meetings will take place at the Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. 2nd Street. Validated parking is available in the Convention Center Parking Garage, located on Brazos Street between Cesar Chavez and 2nd Streets.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701