Request for Qualifications
$2,000 Artist Fee
November 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Office of Public Art (OPA) is seeking proposals from visual and performing artists or artist teams who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for projects that seek to bridge social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed projects should promote social connection while also following guidelines for public health and safety.
Projects will be reviewed and selected by a panel of BIPOC arts professionals and community members. Projects in all media and disciplines will be considered but must be widely shareable, whether through digital and virtual platforms or other means.
The BABSD call for artists expands upon OPA’s Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public Realm (ABSD) Initiative. This initiative was launched in March 2020 to support artists at a time of critical need, when social distancing was causing widespread isolation and creative projects were being canceled or indefinitely postponed.
Data reported since then has made it clear that Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color are among those at greatest risk, from both the virus itself and the impacts of the social distancing required to control its spread.
This is the recording of a virtual information session that was held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Interested artists must submit an application through Submittable using this link: https://pittsburghartscouncil.submittable.com/submit .