City of Austin seeks artists-in-residence for fire, EMS departments

From the City of Austin:

City of Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, seeks to commission two artists-in-residence to create permanent artwork for six fire stations and three emergency medical services stations. Professional artists who live and work in the Austin metropolitan area, including Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply.

Austin Fire Department (AFD) Artist-in-Residence
Deadline to apply: April 21, 2016, 5 pm
The artist-in-residence will document the people and operations of six fire stations spending approximately 10-15 hours per week observing the activities of the fire stations over a 2-3 month period. At the end of the residency period, the artist will submit a proposal for creating a series of artworks to be sited on the interior or exterior walls of the fire stations. The budget for this project is $38,000.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Artist-in-Residence
Deadline to apply: April 21, 2016, 5 pm
The artist-in-residence will document the people and operations of three emergency medical services stations spending approximately 10-15 hours per week observing the activities of the EMS stations over a 2-3 month period. At the end of the residency period, the artist will submit a proposal for creating a series of artworks to be sited on the interior or exterior walls of the stations. The budget for this project is $48,000.

Artists who are new to public art or work primarily in 2-dimensions are particularly encouraged to apply for this opportunity. For more information and to apply, visit http://tinyurl.com/AustinAIPP.

An Artist Information Meeting will be held at the Cultural Arts Division offices at 201 E. 2nd Street on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. AIPP, AFD, and EMS staff will present information about the project and artwork opportunity.  AIPP staff will also review the application process. The presented materials, along with Q&A, will be posted to City’s website after the meeting. Validated parking is available in the Convention Center garage located on Brazos Street.

Art in Public Places program staff are also available to answer questions and provide application assistance during AIPP Open Office Hours on April 8, 2-4 pm at the Cultural Arts Division offices.

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.
Founded in 1985, the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community.  By City ordinance, AIPP allocates 2% of eligible capital improvement project funding to the acquisition of site-specific public artwork.
For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.

 

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