Opportunity for community art

Do you remember like three months ago when I posted about that grant the City got from the Open Circle Foundation to fund small-scale public art projects throughout the City? Well, the City is now accepting applications for that program.

Open Proposals is a program that awards grants to community groups partnering with local artists to create public art installations throughout the City. Here are the guidelines for proposals (PDF). The highlights:

  • May apply for up to $10,000 for a temporary project, $14,000 for a permanent project.

  • “Artists must live and/or work within the Oakland city limits. Applications may be submitted by artists, community members, neighborhood groups or non-profit organizations, but an Oakland artist or artist team must be the primary applicant or a co-applicant in all proposed projects. All commissioned projects, whether temporary or permanent, must take place on a publicly accessible site in Oakland.”

  • “Proposed projects must relate specifically to Oakland and in some way interpret and celebrate the history and natural environment of the unique neighborhood in which the project will be sited.”

  • There are two orientation meetings for interest artists, which you must make a reservation to attend – call 510.238.4949 to reserve a space. The meetings are on Thursday, May 28th from 6:00-7:00 and Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:00-7:00 at City Hall.

  • “Applications are encouraged from artists already working in partnership with a community organization or neighborhood group for a site already identified at the time of application. Applications are also welcome from artists with a project concept who are interested in working in Oakland’s underserved districts and are willing to consider multiple site possibilities.”

  • “Applicants that have secured outside matching funds shall receive priority for funding. Evidence that such funds are assured shall be a key criterion in the evaluation of proposals.”

The deadline to apply is June 29th.