Call For Artists: Project Hope Small Wooden House

The City of Sugar Land is seeking artists to construct paint-ready, wooden, information boxes similar to a Little Library to be installed adjacent to inspirational messaging embedded in the sidewalk. Boxes will contain information for free mental health resources. Artists will then be commissioned separately to decorate the wooden boxes.


About the Project

A City of Sugar Land selection panel will review proposals and select artists or artist teams to construct a minimum of five wooden boxes to be displayed across the city. The selection panel will determine the specific location of each piece at a later date. 



  • Both artists and hobbyists are encouraged to apply.
  • This opportunity is limited to Sugar Land-area and regional artists (living/working within 70-mile radius of Sugar Land, Texas).
  • Artists contributing to a team project will receive equal recognition for their artistic input. Division of the payment will be up to the team and must be specified in the application.
  • Staff members, board members, advisory board members, City Council members and/or family members of City of Sugar Land are ineligible to apply.


Artwork Location

A minimum of five locations in the city of Sugar Land.



Boxes will be removed after one to three years depending on condition, however, they may be removed at any time at the discretion of the City of Sugar Land.



Each artist or artist team will receive a $500 honorarium for construction of one box and delivery to Sugar Land.


Submission Requirements

Artists should submit via the following items:

  1. Letter of Interest: Include a description that outlines your accomplishments as an artist/woodworker.  If you are a resident of Sugar Land or Fort Bend County, please let us know. If applying as a team, please submit a Letter of Interest for each artist, with the lead artist’s resume first. Do not exceed 700-word maximum.
  2. Work Examples/Digital Images.  Digital images of 3-5 previously completed works.  If you have no previous works commissioned/acquired, please include relevant work samples.
    • File format: JPEG only
    • File dimensions: No smaller than 1200 pixels on the longest side
    • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
    • File size: 5 MB maximum
  3. Proposed design concept for box.

Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered. Please do not submit hard copies.


Submission Guidelines and Design Considerations:

When creating your design, please carefully consider the specifications provided below. Selected artists should be prepared to coordinate with the City of Sugar Land to finalize or revise their design.

  • This project is modeled after the Little Library project. See examples below. Additional examples are readily available online.
  • Submitted designs must not violate copyright restrictions.
  • Electronic submissions only via Submissions sent by email or other method will not be reviewed.
  • Artists may submit up to three designs for consideration.
  • Artists must deliver their completed boxes to the City of Sugar Land as directed.



Boxes must:

  • Not exceed 24” in height, 18” in width or 12” in depth.
  • Be able to store a stack of 9” x 4” brochures.
    • Shelving is optional.
  • Have a door with a Plexiglas panel. Glass is not permitted.
  • Have a small ventilation hole covered with screening or other similar material to discourage insects.
  • Include an interior light powered by a solar panel.
  • Have reserved space on the exterior for a 2” x 6” sign to be provided by the city.
  • Be paint ready when completed.
  • Be easily attachable to an approximately 6” x 8” base.
    • Boxes will stand on a 4” x 4” pole 3 feet above ground.


Examples of Little Libraries

Three examples of little libraries.


Selection Criteria

Criteria used to select artwork include, but are not limited to appropriateness of work to the community, aesthetic quality, site suitability, quality of previous work and commitment to carrying out the project.


Additional Information

Completed artwork will become a part of the City of Sugar Land’s Public Art collection and will be owned by the City. Selected artists will sign a licensing agreement and participation waiver with the City of Sugar Land.


Deadline for Submittal: Monday, June 21, 2021 at 10:00am CST

Total Art Budget: $500 per artist or artist team for each box

Location: Various sites

Eligibility: Local and Regional (within 70 miles of Sugar Land, Texas)

Submission: Electronic submissions only via



Friday, May 28, 2021 RFP Call Opens
Monday, June 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CST RFP Deadline
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Artists Notified


Project Contact Information

Please direct questions or requests for assistance to:

City of Sugar Land, Cultural Arts Division

(281) 275-2763


For questions/information only - Do not submit art or other RFP materials to this email address.

More Opportunities

Interested in joining our Prequalified Artist Roster? Sign up here for more information about that and other opportunities for artists with the City of Sugar Land.