The holiday decorations are already starting to go up in Chandler, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, but behind the scenes, public art and city employees are also working on another kind of street-side activation.
The third cycle of IN FLUX -- a program that commissions, promotes and enables the installation of temporary art in and among vacant and active storefronts -- is in full gear.
IN FLUX began as a pilot program, managed by the Scottsdale Cultural Council, in 2010. This year, the program includes partnerships with Scottsdale Public Art, Tempe Public Art, the City of Chandler Public Art Program, City of Glendale Public Art, City of Goodyear Public Art, Mesa Arts Center, and A.R.T.S. (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space) Program with Roosevelt Row CDC.
Now all you have to do is apply.
According to the official call for artists, there are three or four vacant spaces available for IN FLUX installations in the Mill Avenue, two to three IN FLUX opportunities in downtown Scottsdale, one installation opportunity for an A.R.T.S. vacant lot in downtown Phoenix, one IN FLUX installation at Mesa Art Center, one vacant storefront space in downtown Goodyear, two to three vacant storefront spaces in downtown Glendale, and three vacant storefront spaces in downtown Chandler.
All temporary projects will be on view for a maximum of 10 months and artists will be chosen by a panel of representatives from all cities and participating institutions.
Budgets for all IN FLUX opportunities for individual artists and teams include costs of labor, transportation, equipment rental, shipping, as well as material, installation, and de-installation costs.
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Project coordinators Kirstin Van Cleef and Maja Aurora of Scottsdale and Tempe public art programs will host coffee talks and pre-submittal meetings to answer questions and work with artists on the submission process. Meetings are currently scheduled for Oct. 12, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Mesa Arts Center, Oct. 17, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at NCounter in Tempe, and Oct. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Songbird in monOrchid in downtown Phoenix.
The deadline for IN FLUX applications is October 26 at midnight. Artists will be selected in mid-November, and installation begins in December.
For more information about IN FLUX and to see the full call for artists, check out the IN FLUX project's website.