Public Art at the Rec CenterThe City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Providence Art in City Life Commission announce a CALL FOR ARTISTS for ACT Public Art’s inaugural arts residency program.

Summary  Location and Siting  Project Goals   Eligibility Qualifications  Finalists Scope of Work  Selection Method Art Selection Panel   Budget  Project Schedule






Through this CALL FOR ART, one local artist will be awarded $10,000 for a six-month residency in Madeline Rogers-Selim Recreation Center, where they will work directly with young people and staff to co-design and install a mural on the Center’s exterior wall.  

The artist-in-residence will be selected through a competitive, two-tiered process. Eligible artists must submit their qualification materials no later than November 30, 2018.

The Art Selection Panel will choose no more than five finalists to be interviewed. One artist will be awarded this residency. The awarded artist will be notified by mid-January and publicly announced in February 2019.  

The Residency at Rogers Recreation Center will begin in April 2019 and end in October 2019. The artist-in-residence will have co-designed and installed a permanent mural on the building’s exterior wall by the end of the residency.

This call is open to Rhode Island muralists.  People of Color, women, and LGBTQIA+, artists are strongly urged to apply.



The 2018 Public Art Residency will be sited at Rogers Recreation Center at 60 Camden Avenue in Providence. Current offerings at this Recreation Center include a youth day camp and a pool for residents. The Center is located in the Elmhurst neighborhood serving a  predominantly English speaking population aged 5 to 15. The exterior wall faces Camden Avenue and Harry Kizirian Elementary School.

The mural must be painted on a second surface that is marine/exterior grade and then adhered into the mortar. Detailed installation plans will be reviewed during the residency.



The Public Art Residency at Rogers Recreation Center will support a muralist in designing and installing an accessible and relevant permanent mural that foster new conversations, audiences, and responsive connection with Rogers constituents, neighbors and community members. ACT considers a permanent work of art to be designed and installed to last over 24 months.

The Artist-in-Residence should anticipate spending more in-person hours at the Recreation Center for the first three months of the residency (April – June). This time shall be reserved for mural co-design with children at the Recreation Center. The mural installation will occur over the course of the summer with in conjunction with the center’s summer camp.

The awarded artist will receive $10,000 stipend and $5000 materials budget for their project.



Artists must be 18 years or older and have a Rhode Island home or studio address to be eligible to apply. Artists who hold a Providence home or studio address are preferred.  Applicants must be able to produce a BCI.



Interested applicants must be able to demonstrate at least three successful murals and/or projects that were co-designed and installed with the input and support of young people.



No more than five finalists will be invited for an interview with the Art Selection Panel. Those being interviewed should be prepared to speak about their previous experiences working with children and youth and provide the panel with a proposed co-design strategy. Artists will be evaluated for technical expertise and their demonstrated ability to share this expertise with Recreation Center constituents, staff, and neighbors.



The artist-in-residence is expected to work at the Recreation Center for 10 – 15 hours per week and must be available between 3:00-6:30 pm,  Mon-Thursday from April 1 through June 30, 2019, and 8:30am-11:30 pm, Monday -Thursday in July and August 2019.  The exact schedule shall be determined between the artist and Recreation Center staff.  Within the first two weeks of the residency, the artist will be required to submit a project budget including artist fee and materials for the length of their residency.   Roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Identify arts-based strategies and/or materials for gathering input and assessing needs and desires for artworks and/or programs at the Rogers Recreation Center
  • Actively build community with Rogers Recreation Center staff, constituents, and neighbor
  • Manage project budget, invoices, and reports in a timely and efficient manner
  • Design, fabricate and install permanent artwork at Rogers Recreation Center
  • Develop a maintenance plan with ACT
  • Participate in artist studio visits, press events, and mural unveiling as needed

Note: Applicant retains copyright and receives credit for their project; the City of Providence reserve the right to reproduce images of their project for non-commercial purposes.



The artist-in-residence will be selected through a competitive, two-tiered process. Qualified artists may submit their Artist Statement, Resume/CV, and three to five examples of relevant projects to ACT by November 30, 2018.

The Art Selection Panel will review and score complete applications, selecting no more than five finalists.  The five finalists will then be invited to an in-person interview.

Interviews will occur in mid-late December.  Finalists should be prepared to speak about their previous experiences, working with children and youth and provide the panel a proposed co-design strategy at the interview.

The awarded artist will be notified in mid-January and publically announced in February 2019.



The Art Selection Panel will be comprised of seven members including the following members/alternates:

  • A member of the Art in City Life Commission  (Jason Almeida, alternate Jessica Brown)
  • A staff member from the Recreation Department (Takara Roderick)
  • A Staff member from Rogers Recreation (Rogers Director, Sean Holley)
  • A staff member from the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (April Brown)
  • Two local artists or arts professionals (tbd)
  • Two constituents from Rogers Recreation Center (tbd)


The ACT Public Art Residency at Rogers Recreation Center has a budget of $15,000.  ACT suggests artists budget $10,000 to cover the cost of an artist fee, and $5000 for materials. The awarded artist will present a detailed budget within two weeks of the start of their residency.



  • October 12, 2018:   RFQ is live
  • November 30, 2018: Deadline for Qualifications
  • December 11, 2018:  Finalists are notified
  • December 12-31, 2018: Finalist Interview period
  • January 16, 2019:  Art in City Life Commission reviews recommendation for artist-in-residence
  • February 1, 2019:  Artist is engaged
  • February  (tbd) 2019:  Artist is announced in jointly by ACT and Archives departments
  • April 1 – September 30, 2019:  Residency period
  • November 15,  2020: Final Report due
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