Artists wanted to create spaces celebrating Burlington’s diverse communities

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Published May 30, 2022 at 3:50 pm

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The City of Burlington is reaching out to local artists, artist-led teams and community groups to submit their ideas to create art in Burlington public spaces celebrating Burlington’s diverse communities.

A total of $29,000 is available for up to eight projects, depending on the proposals submitted.

“We know art is a wonderful way to celebrate the cultural fabric that makes up Burlington,” said Denise Beard, acting director of Recreation, Community and Culture.

“This is an opportunity to showcase talent from diverse backgrounds such as seniors, youth, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and those with disabilities.”

Proposals may include, but are not limited to, murals, sound/light installations, artist-designed seating, children/youth projects, temporary art projects, artist-designed crosswalks, etc. Interactive projects are encouraged.

The public art program will support successful applicants by providing resources and staff support through the planning, installation and execution of the project. This can include connections to artists and fabricators, assistance with permits and permissions as well as general project support where applicable.

“We want your creative ideas to activate a community space and will provide project support to make it happen,” said Angela Paparizo, manager of Arts and Culture.

“Please join us for more information on June 16 and be sure to submit your ideas by July 15. We look forward to hearing from interested artists, whether you are an emerging or established artist.”

Applicants are invited to an optional, virtual information session to learn more about this opportunity and the application process on Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m. Email [email protected] before June 15 meeting details.

This opportunity is open to individual artists, artist teams, artist collectives, ad hoc groups, or arts and culture organizations, as well as partnerships and collaborations between arts and non-arts applicants. Applicants from equity-seeking groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Here is the project timeline:

  • June 16: Voluntary online information session
  • July 15: Application deadline
  • July 31: Successful artists selected
  • August: Artists work with public art staff to develop and approve detailed proposal
  • September to December: Project execution

For deadlines and more information on how to get application help and/or apply, visit the city webpage.

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