The Cultural Arts Division commissions and exhibits works of art through its various programs. From permanent, public art installations managed by the Art in Public Places Program, to the annual People's Gallery Exhibitions at Austin City Hall, a range of opportunities are available for both emerging and established artists.

Image: STEN LEX, Accordian (2016) at Seaholm EcoDistrict

 


Seeking Jurors for the Artist Selection Process!

Art in Public Places is seeking applications from both arts professionals and interested community members.  As a paid juror, you will participate in reviewing online artist qualifications, interviewing finalists and selecting an artist or artist team for an artwork or group of artwork opportunities!  

APPLY NOW to participate in one of Art in Public Places’ Artist Selection juries.

 Deadline: This is a rolling application; there is no deadline to apply. 

Paid Opportunity: Jurors are typically paid between $200- $500 for their time; the amount is based on the time commitment required for each jury.

  • Each jury is made up of either 3-5 visual arts professionals or typically 7-9 stakeholders and community members if an AIPP Pre-Qualified Pool is used for selection.
  • Arts professionals can include, but are not limited to, the following professions: artists, curators, art conservators, art historians, art educators, museum staff, public art administrators, designers, costume designers, set designers, architects, landscape architects, experiential graphic designers, graphic designers, etc.   
  • Community members are subject matter experts in their community and should be familiar with the location and the culture in the vicinity of the public art opportunity.

 


Call to Artists

See list below for all current artist opportunities:

Current Art in Public Places Calls to Artists

LaunchPAD (public art mentorship program)

 


Calls to Organizations

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant 

THIS CALL HAS CLOSED - The NEA Our Town process usually occurs annually. Please read below for helpful information to prepare for next year's deadline.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant provides cost share/matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for creative placemaking projects. Our Town projects must demonstrate a specific role for arts, culture, and design as a part of strategies that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Review the Our Town grant eligibility requirements including ineligible funding guidelines and frequently asked questions. The City of Austin will not endorse any project that does not meet these requirements. 

To qualify for the Our Town grant, local organizations must first apply for an endorsement of the application from the City of Austin by June 24. NEA limits the number of Our Town grant applicants per city. City of Austin endorsement applications submitted after June 24 will not be considered. If an organization’s City endorsement application is approved, the endorsed organization is responsible for applying for the NEA Our Town grant two-part process.

APPLY FOR CITY OF AUSTIN ENDORSEMENT CONSIDERATION

Please email Sarah Corpron at sarah.corpron@austintexas.gov for questions about this opportunity.

About the opportunity

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, NEA supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.

Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systems changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development).

After City endorsement is confirmed, the endorsed organization will be responsible for submitting the full NEA application. Part 1 is due August 5th to grants.gov and Part 2 is submitting the full application in the window of August 10-17th.


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