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55th Avenue Promenade, Phoenix, AZ


Budget: $300,000
Activated: 05/25/2023
Deadline: 07/12/2023
Call Summary
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation and Streets Transportation Departments, seeks to commission permanent artwork for the 55th Avenue Promenade, located between Camelback Road and Indian School Road in central Phoenix. The artwork must be made of durable materials that can survive the desert climate, provide shade in support of the City of Phoenix Cool Corridors Initiative, and enhance the pedestrian experience of this unique neighborhood amenity. Four locations have been identified however final placement will be determined based on the approved final design.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture seeks applications from professional artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches who will be responsible for the design and implementation of the artwork.
Budget Description
The budget for the 55th Avenue Promenade public art project is not to exceed $300,000. This includes all costs related to community outreach, design development, structural engineering, fabrication, and installation of the artwork.

Note: Some elements of the artwork may be installed by a City contractor, for convenience, depending on the final design of the artwork. However, all installation costs will be paid by the art budget.
Project Description
The 55th Avenue Promenade is a linear greenspace located within a flood irrigated landscape median between two one direction roads along the avenue. As a part of the City of Phoenix Cool Corridors initiative, pedestrian amenities have been added, including a walking path along both the east and west sides of the corridor and shade trees. Additionally, four plinths (concrete foundations) will be installed to support the artwork which will be visible from the walking path and by vehicular traffic.
Artwork Location Description
Artwork Specifications
The artwork may be no taller than 12’ and must be able to fit within the predetermined areas, avoiding underground utilities and tree canopies. Artwork must be made of durable and low maintenance materials that are suitable for an outdoor installation in Phoenix. The artwork should be designed with safety in mind, mitigating any potential hazards such as sharp or protruding edges or elements.

The content for the artwork must be suitable for public consumption and should be designed with the surrounding neighborhood stakeholders in mind. The selected artist will be expected to collaborate with community stakeholders when developing a design concept for the project. Additional design considerations must include goals outlined in the Cool Corridors Initiative.
Site History
The Street Transportation Department implemented the Cool Corridors Program in 2020, with Council-approved funding of $1.5 million, to assist with planting 200 trees per mile for a total of 1,800 new trees planted across nine project areas citywide. As part of its Climate Action Plan Framework, the city of Phoenix aims to create a network of cool corridors across its communities to encourage movement from residential homes to various areas across the city that is safe and environmentally conscious.

Cool Corridors are one-mile-long pathways, walkways or trails adjacent to an arterial street designed to keep pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users safe and provide relief from the high temperatures of our urban desert landscape. Cool Corridors can have natural and engineered shade, combined with other temperature-lowering design features, such as benches, drinking water fountains and even communications tools. These design features can be achieved through public and private partnerships and resources.
This project is open to any professional artist with the demonstrated ability to meet the criteria (SEE SECTION III – EVALUATION AND SELECTION), regardless of residency, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or experience level. No previous public art experience is required to apply. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply. NOTE: Artists who are currently under contract or have completed two or more public art projects with the City of Phoenix are ineligible to apply.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 6 - 10
Letter of Interest: 400 word maximum
Think of this as a job application and your cover letter. Be as succinct as possible. Describe why you are interested in this opportunity and highlight any relevant experience.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
A selection panel will be convened by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to review submissions received and make recommendations to the Arts and Culture Commission. Members of the panel will include art and design professionals, subject matter experts, and community members. Non-voting advisors to the panel may include City staff and members of the design team. The panel will review the work of all applicants before selecting finalists to be interviewed. The panel will conduct interviews with the selected finalists before making a final recommendation to the Arts and Culture Commission.

The final recommendation of the selection panel will be reviewed by the Arts and Culture Commission; a subcommittee of the City Council; and the Mayor and City Council prior to the award of the contract.
Selection Criteria
Responses to this RFQu should be concise, well-organized and provide the requested information. Applications lacking the necessary information will not be considered. After evaluating all submissions, the City, at the request of the selection panel, may ask some or all of the applicants to submit supplemental information or to participate in interviews.

During the evaluation process, applications will be scored using the following criteria:

1. Demonstrated artistic quality of previously completed artwork. 50%
2. Potential to create an impactful design for this project. (Work samples should show the potential for you to design an integrated public art concept. Please do not submit proposals.) 25%
3. Experience in collaborative design work and community engagement. (Collaborative work experience can be described in your Statement of Intent and does not have to be art related.) 25%
Tentative Schedule
May 25, 2023 Call to Artists released
June 13, 2023 Informational Meeting 12:00 PM (MST)
June 28, 2023 Deadline for questions and inquiries 12:00 PM (MST)
July 12, 2023 Application Deadline 5:00 PM (MST)
July 2023 – August 2023 Selection panel recommends finalists and conducts interviews
September 2023 Arts & Culture Commission approval of selected artist
October 2023 City Council approval and award of contract
Fall 2024 Installation of artwork
Additional Resources
Unnamed Resource (PDF)
Contact Information
Mojgan Vahabzadeh
200 W. Washington St, 10th floor
Phoenix AZ 85003 United States



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