Denver Arts & Venues is now accepting qualifications for three new public art projects in Denver: The Urban Farm, Federal Boulevard and 25th Avenue, and the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center.
“We’re always excited to bring art to Denver through new commissions, but we’re especially excited about how these three projects are closely connected to the community,” said Michael Chavez, Denver Public Art Program Manager. “We ask that artists consider the cultural diversity and local history of the areas and neighborhoods where these artworks will reside, and for the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center project, the artist will have the opportunity to involve and engage community members in creating the artwork.” “
The new commissions include:
The Urban Farm: Budget – $100,000, open to Colorado artists and artist teams
The Denver Public Art Selection Panel is deeply invested in cultural diversity, local history and sustainability and strives to create gathering spaces that are inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all. The panel hopes to see artwork that reflects the area’s rich cultures, both current and historical. Artwork must be welcoming and interactive and have an educational or agricultural focus. Works can also be playful and child-friendly as well as functional. Artists should consider the farm’s unique location and accessibility for visitors and staff, and consider incorporating a vertical element to promote visibility from and beyond the farm. Any lighting or other electrical needs must be generated by solar or wind power. Interested artists can submit qualifications at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10614.
Federal Boulevard and 25th Avenue: Budget – $49,000, open to Colorado artists and artist teams
The Denver Public Art Selection Panel is deeply invested in cultural diversity and local history and strives to create gathering spaces that are inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all. The panel hopes to see artworks that reflect the area’s rich cultures. Artwork should be welcoming, interactive and culturally responsive. Works can also be playful and child-friendly as well as functional. Artists should consider location, accessibility issues for visitors and residents, and the ability to include a vertical element to promote visibility while emphasizing pedestrian perspectives. Interested artists can submit qualifications at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10615.
Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center: Budget – $20,000, open to Colorado artists and artist teams
The City of Denver Public Art Program is seeking to commission an artist or artist team for an interior mural above the front desk at the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center located at 4890 Argonne Way in Denver. The goal of this public art commission is to create an inspiring, welcoming experience for users of the recreation center. Artists should consider how the artwork will enhance and celebrate the culture of the neighborhood and understand and respect the diversity of the community. The commission will require community engagement from the selected artist.
Interested artists can submit qualifications at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10620.
Interested applicants may submit qualifications for any or all commissions to CallForEntry.org by Monday, August 29, 11:59 PM MST. Denver Public Art is also hosting a virtual pre-application meeting on August 10, 5:30pm for interested applicants. The meeting will cover the basics and goals of the project, as well as the application process for these three requests for qualifications: the Urban Farm, Federal Boulevard and 25th Avenue, and the Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center. Entrants will also receive information on CallForEntry.org through which artists can apply. This event will be hosted by Zoom. Interested applicants are asked to register on Eventbrite to receive information on how to join prior to the event.
More information about these and other calls for public art in Denver can be found at www.DenverPublicArt.org/For-Artists/#opportunities.
The mission of Denver Arts & Venues is to enrich and enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Denver through the advancement of arts, cultural and entertainment opportunities for all. Arts & Venues is the agency of the City and County of Denver responsible for operating some of the region’s most famous facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Coliseum and the McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, the City Arts Fund, PS You Are Here, the Denver Music Development Fund, the implementation of the Denver Cultural Plan, and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all of our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.
The Denver Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an executive order of Mayor Federico Peña. The order, introduced into an Ordinance by the Denver City Council in 1991, mandates that 1 percent of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the city be set aside for the inclusion of Art. For the past 30 years, these artworks, along with historic and donated artworks, have made up the City’s Public Art Collection. The Public Art Collection has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public spaces.