ACT Public Art – Open Calls

Public Art Ideas Competition

ACT invites emerging and established artists in the Providence metropolitan area to submit an idea or concept for “Animating Public Space” that you would like to explore though a temporary work of art on City-owned public property or land. Up to four selected artists will each receive up to $10,000 to realize his/her/their idea during the time-frame of fall 2019 to spring/summer 2020.

As this competition aims to create new opportunities for artists and to help artists gain skills necessary to work in public space, no public art experience is necessary to apply.

Submissions are due May 6, 2019.

Application link


Public Art @PVDFest

Selected artists will design, fabricate and install temporary work at PVDFest 2019 to enhance pedestrian-level interactions and make the streetscape more vibrant, interactive, playful, surprising, or beautiful.

This call is now closed. Visit our page for updates.

Public Art Residency at Rogers Recreation Center

ACT and Rogers Recreation Center are proud to announce Providence artist YSANEL TORRES has been awarded the City’s The artist-in-residence at Madeline Rogers -Selim Recreation Center will work with constituents to co-design, fabricate and install a mural on the center’s exterior wall.

This call is now closed. Visit our page for updates.

Public Art Residency at City Archives

ACT and City Archives are proud to announce artists Lynsea Montanari and Anna Snyder have been awarded the residency at City Archives. This artist team will embed themselves in archival research for six months and develop new, original works in response to the prompt Colonial Providence.

This call is now closed. Visit our page for updates.

Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts: Animal Habitats

Selected artists will design, fabricate and install sculptural animal habitat(s) that enhance the design of civic infrastructure (the greenway) by improving people’s experiences of using this place and interacting with its natural ecology and cultural amenities. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and as such, the art/artist selection process will be implemented with project partners.

Curated project. No public call.


Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts: Temporary Art

The WRGA selection panel and ACT are pleased to announce that Keri King’s “What’s In The River?” has been selected for the site at 99 San Souci Drive and Brendan Rose’s “Dandelion” has been selected for Riverside Park. For more information on Keri, Brendan, and their respective projects see our WRGA subsite.

This call is now closed. Visit our page for updates.

City Walk Call for Design

A selected artist will provide a street mural design aimed to signify key intersections and provide wayfinding to bike riders and pedestrians at key locations along City Walk.

Coming soon.

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