Call for Submissions: Richmond Art Center Neighborhood Public Art Project

5 Positions available for the Richmond Public Art Project
Deadline for Application: Friday, November 16th, 5pm

A Community Collaboration between the Richmond Art Center, the City of Richmond,
and the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission

“To search for the good and make it matter- that is the real challenge of the artist- not simply to transform ideas or revelations into matter- but to make those revelations actually matter”
– Suzanne Lacy, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art

The Neighborhood Public Art Project serves as a launching point for residents of Richmond to engage in the creative process by providing a platform for community-based cultural activity. Select neighborhoods in Richmond will be partnered with professional artists for the purpose of collaborating on the production of a new temporary or permanent public artwork. Projects created aim to spark a dialogue on community issues, provide a platform for learning and sharing in the arts, create a shared experience in community art practices and activate public spaces for community interaction.

Selected artists will develop project proposals in collaboration with key community members and with the support of the projects program manager. Projects are open to all media including but not limited to visual and performing arts, media arts, landscape design, architecture, and various community art practices. Applications are welcome from individuals as well as collectives. An exhibition documenting the process and production of the project, will take place at the Richmond Art Center in Fall 2008.

Desired Qualifications:

∑ Strong interest in community art practices
∑ Expertise in one or more: visual arts, performing arts, media arts, landscape design, architecture,
∑ Strong communication skills
∑ Experience with and sensitivity to an urban setting
∑ Experience working collaboratively.
∑ Familiarity with Richmond and its neighborhoods

Job Duties and Responsibilities

∑ Collaborate with community members, Program Manager, and project participants to develop proposal for public art project
∑ Develop calendar for production and oversee collaborative process of production
∑ As necessary, develop curriculum for community arts workshops (specific to media, ie Video production, ceramics, painting, etc)
∑ In partnership with Program Manager, identify and gather materials and resources for project production and final exhibition
∑ Inform Program Manager about the progress, achievements, and challenges of the project
∑ Install documentation and or work in a final exhibition at the Richmond Art Center

Schedule and Location

All projects will take place in Richmond. Specific locations will be determined by the artists themselves, along with their community collaborators. The office for this project is located at the Richmond Art Center.

Project Timeline:

November-December 2007- Artists Selected
January 2008- Contracts signed, Artists & Community Workshops
February -August, 2008- Project Production
September-October 2008- Richmond Art Center exhibition


Artists are contracted a total of 200 hours at a rate of $20/ hour

Time Commitment:

Artists will commit 40 hours in December and January to participate in community workshops and for the development and presentation of project proposals. 140 hours are slated for the production. Artists will create a schedule in collaboration with community collaborators.

To Apply:

Mail or deliver cover letter, resume, and any documentation, slides, video, audio, or other supplementary material that you feel may be applicable, to:

Julia Hamilton
Program Manager
Neighborhood Public Art Project
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave
Richmond, CA 94804

∑ E-mail submissions will not be accepted.
∑ No original artwork will be accepted.
∑ People of Color and women strongly encouraged to apply
∑ Applications from collectives and artist collaborations are welcome to apply in addition to individuals.

All applications must be received by Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 5pm.
For more information about the project, direct inquiries to or call (510)620-6776

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