LaunchPAD, an initiative of Austin's Art in Public Places Program, 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.
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.
LaunchPAD applications are due the 15th of each month.
Christine Angelone has been selected as the Art in Public Places Program's first LaunchPAD artist. Angelone was a 2016 TEMPO commissioned artist and is owner and designer at Poor Girl Empire, Inc. For the LaunchPAD program, Christine will be collaborating with the award-winning New American Public Art group on the City's upcoming Green Water Treatment Plant Redevelopment project, located within the Seaholm Ecodistrict. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting project.