Creative Placemaking Program - Call For Artists 


The City of Sugar Land is requesting artists or artist teams to submit a statement of qualifications, a letter of interest, and other materials for the commission of projects through the Creative Placemaking Program, #AllInForSLTX, with a specific goal to aid local small businesses. 

 

Project Details and Background Information


The goal of the Creative Placemaking Program is to increase resiliency for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide local residents with vibrant and creative spaces that encourage patronage.

 

Project Examples


Different project examples for the City of Sugar Land's Creative Placemaking Program.

Photo Credit: City of Sugar Land and Canva Stock Images (right and bottom images)

  • Sun shelters
  • Parklets
  • Outdoor light installations that make an area more welcoming
  • Projections
  • Concepts that permit businesses, including food service, retail and service-based businesses, to extend their reach to outdoor spaces.

 

Project Criteria


  • Theme: There is no specific theme for this opportunity, however, designs that reflect the history and culture of the City of Sugar Land are highly encouraged.
  • Medium: Artists working in any medium are eligible to apply. We are especially interested in innovative work that is as unique as our community.
  • Eligibility: Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit an individual or collaborative artist application. 
  • Type of Work: Permanent or short-term work will be considered.

 

Project Budget


The budget for each piece may range from $15,000 to $150,000, depending on the size and complexity of the work.

 

Deadline


Projects may only be submitted electronically via CaFÉ. The deadline to receive all submissions has passed.

 

Artist Selection


Phase 1
Applications will be juried by a panel including staff from the city’s departments of economic development, engineering, and planning.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Economic Impact: Project has the potential to address economic needs for food service, retail and other service industries.
  • Artistic Excellence: The artist’s work reflects artistic excellence, innovation, and originality as evidenced by quality of craftsmanship and mastery of skills and techniques; demonstrates professional approaches to processes and presentation; and/or communicates a unique vision or perspective
  • Professional Experience: The artist’s professional experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project, including a proven ability to meet project budgets, deadlines, and to perform work in a timely and professional manner. Public art experience is required.
  • Experience Working on a Project of Similar Scale: Previous work that can specifically demonstrate the successful completion of projects that include partnering with stakeholders for the purpose of creating public art of this size/scale. Experience with public engagement.
  • Health and Wellness: Proposed project promotes patrons’ adherence to CDC guidelines.

Artists will be required to participate in one Meet the Artist type event, which will likely be held virtually.

The number of selected artists moving on to Phase 2 will depend on the quality of the proposals received. Artists reaching Phase 2 of the competition will be asked to develop an all-inclusive itemized budget for a particular site as part of the proposal submission.

 

Phase 2
Artists/Artist Teams selected to move on to Phase 2 will be given a specific site and asked to develop a detailed proposal for their proposed work. Artists will be paid a stipend of $500 upon submission of all required materials, which will include a detailed description of materials, maintenance plan and installation schedule.

Applications will be juried by a panel including a staff from the city’s departments of economic development, engineering, and planning.

More detailed instructions will be provided to Phase 2 artists at the time of notification, however, artists can expect proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Economic Impact: Potential project specifically addresses how it meets the program goals.
  • Artistic Excellence: The proposed work reflects artistic excellence, innovation, and originality as evidenced by quality of craftsmanship and mastery of skills and techniques; demonstrates professional approaches to processes and presentation; and/or communicates a unique vision or perspective.
  • Safety/Suitability/Viability: Proposed project meets city safety guidelines, is suitable for the site, and artist has demonstrated ability to complete the project.
  • Health and Wellness: Proposed project promotes patrons’ adherence to CDC guidelines.

 

Requirements for Submission of Qualifications


  • Current CV/resume. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member.
  • Estimated project budget.
  • Letter of Interest limited to two (2) pages: Applicants should briefly describe their interest in the project, specify how a proposed work could assist small business, and include a general description of their approach.
  • Images of three (3) to five (5) previously completed works that demonstrate experience in designing, creating, and installing work in the artist’s proposed medium. Please include two to three views of each piece for a total of 10 images max. Do not collage multiple images into one image.
  • Image identification list: An image identification list corresponding to the submitted images. Each image should include image number, artist’s name, title, year created, media, dimensions, location, project budget, commissioning agency, and collaborators (if applicable).
  • A brief description of your intended proposed materials for site preparation (if applicable), the work itself, and required maintenance.
  • Optional. Artists may include up to three (3) selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles, or other related information. 

Please Note: Submitted materials will not be returned and incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Project Contact Information


Please direct questions or requests for assistance to:

Suzanne Fernandez Gray

Cultural Arts Manager

Sugar Land, Texas

CulturalArts@sugarlandtx.gov


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Funded in Partnership with Fort Bend County.


 

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