CALL FOR ARTISTS: OPEN & OUT ARTIST POOL 

Artist Opportunities to Participate in Re-Opening Downtown Santa Rosa, CA 

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY 31, 2020 

Applications to the artist pool are being accepted now, on a rolling basis, through July 31, 2020.  Applicants may be contacted any time after July 1, 2020 and asked to work on designs for specific projects. Applicants must be able to complete their projects no later than September 30, 2020. 

 

INTRODUCTION 

In an effort to help Santa Rosa’s downtown businesses safely reopen, the City of Santa Rosa is allowing outdoor expansion of their activities into the parking strips along 4th street between B and E Street.  The majority of 4th Street in this space will also be closed to car traffic. The new “footprint” for restaurants and retail, and pedestrian traffic, offer multiple opportunities for artists to use their creativity to create an artful, vibrant, temporary outdoor space for our community.   

 

OPPORTUNITIES 

Open & Out is seeking to form a pool of artists of all genres for a range of projects to enliven this space as a temporary canvas with interactive community art experiences. Some are focused on creatively upgrading existing fixtures, such as planters and bollards (not inclusive of plants), light posts, utility boxes, bike racks and tree grates. Others will be created from scratch and take the form of temporary installations in locations such as Jeju Way, Redwood groves, sidewalks, streets, building walls, storefronts and Courthouse Square. Other opportunities include wayfinding signage and graphics, including street and entry-way banners, as well as community engagement projects in Courthouse Square. Multiple projects will be funded based on the overall Open & Out revenues. 

 

If you have an idea for a creative project in a space that is not specifically identified in this Call, please contact Cadance Hinkle Allinson at cadanceh@santarosametrochamber.com to discuss. 

 

PROJECT TIMELINE 

Applications to the artist pool are being accepted now, on a rolling basis, through July 31, 2020.  Applicants may be contacted any time after July 1, 2020 and asked to work on designs for specific projects. Applicants must be able to complete their projects no later than September 30, 2020. 

 

PROJECT PROPOSALS 

Artists selected from the pool will be asked to submit specific designs for their project(s). If you already have designs in mind for specific projects, you may include it with your application. 

 

PROJECT BUDGETS 

Artists selected from the pool will be asked to submit a budget for their project(s), within the range stated below.  The budget should include total costs for the project including artists’ fees, materials, installation costs (as applicable), and tear-down costs (as applicable).  Artists will have responsibility for all of the above-named elements of the project. Projects will generally be funded in a range of $500 to $7500. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Artists and arts organizations.  Artists can be from any discipline including visual, performing, design, media (audio, video, etc.), literary and storytellers, lighting and sound design.   

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to create interactive artwork wherever applicable.  Applicants may apply as individuals or in collaborative teams.    

  • Applicants may submit for more than one project but individual applicants (individually or as part of a group) may not necessarily receive funding for more than one project. 

  • North Bay artists and arts organizations are eligible to apply. 

  • Some projects, especially those over $5000, may require the selected artist to provide proof of general liability insurance. 

REVIEW CRITERIA

  • Artistic qualifications and standards of excellence in innovation, creativity and originality as demonstrated in materials submitted; 

  • Appropriateness of applicant’s medium and style for prospective projects; 

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake and successfully execute work in accordance with a proposed construction schedule, in a professional manner and within the project budget.  

 

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS/EXPENSES 

  • Landscaping 

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered to participate in Santa Rosa’s Open & Out program, please:

 

1. Complete this application. You will receive receipt of application within 24 hours. 

2. Email downtownsantarosa@gmail.com the following files:

  • All Applicants: Project Lead Resume – please upload as a PDF file. (No more than 2 pages.) 

  • Applicants that included a website above that is a clear representation of their work are not required to upload work samples. You may upload a sketch of your ideas for the Open & Out project if you have one.  (No more than 5 pages in one PDF.) 

  • Applicants that did not include a website must submit three (3) items that support the creativity and innovation relevant to your vision for this project.  You may upload a sketch of your ideas for the Open & Out project if you have one.  (No more than 5 pages in one PDF.) 

  • MAKE SURE each file has a descriptive title, (i.e., do not upload items that are numbered and have no description, such as 12345.jpg).  

  • File types accepted can include any mix of documents (PDF), images (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF), audio (MP3, WAV), video (MP4, MOV).  

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