You can thank the offices of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe public art for commissioning, organizing, and orchestrating interesting and often beautiful installations in public spaces. But those same offices depend on artists -- both in Arizona and around the U.S. -- to complete the projects.
Currently up for grabs are three opportunities to get creative and produce something that will be installed for public view:
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3. Arizona Canal Front Festivals Deadline: August 28, 2012 (midnight MST) Scottsdale Public Art is looking for performance, installation, interactive, and sculpture work that aims to create "a new community tradition of artwork in and around the water." The work must address water in some way and will be performed or installed at the waterfront. This includes an opportunity to have your work anchored to the banks or bridges, if approved by the Salt River Project.
Artist Initiatives 2012 Public Art Project Deadline: August 31, 2012, noon local Arizona time. The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is looking to connect the dots between stops on the lightrail and walkable areas in Phoenix. Funded by the National Endowment for the Art's Our Town grant, the project will be part of "Cultural Connections," according to Phoenix public art staff and will play a role in the two-year program that will include free public arts events as well as temporary installations to revitalized the Lightrail corridor including areas of Margaret T. Hance Park, Roosevelt Row, and the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center Expansion WestWorld Deadline: September 10, 2012 (midnight MST) Scottsdale Public Art is also looking for sculptural work that will be installed at the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and special events facility in Scottsdale. According to SPA, work can be singular or a series of related pieces, but must "reflect, animate and embody the character of WestWorld with charisma and grace. It can be, but need not be, figurative. The resulting artwork for this project should draw in the visitor. It is envisioned as a three dimensional artwork and a compelling site specific landmark, wherein the visitor will desire to have his snapshot taken and tell his/her friends and acquaintances about." The budget is up to $375,000.