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The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) closes the gap in access to the arts for all Philadelphians and is committed to equitable support of culture and creativity throughout the city’s neighborhoods. OACCE supports free cultural programming; creates opportunities for local artists and creative organizations; connects Philadelphians to quality arts experiences; and preserves the City’s public art assets.

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Vare Recreation Center
Project Budget: $150,000
Deadline: July 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.


Rendering of South Entrance Plaza 


Project Overview:
The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and Rebuild announce a competition to commission a site-specific, community driven public artwork for the Vare Recreation Center. This is a Rebuild construction project, consisting of a new recreation center building, football field, playground, and outdoor plaza.

The purpose of this Percent for Art opportunity is to create a beautiful and enduring work of public art that is permanent, site-specific, and reflects the culture, values, and diversity of the Vare community. This public art project will be an outdoor sculpture located near one of the main entrances to the new recreation center building. Artists will be encouraged to propose sculptural works that reflect the themes and values that are important to the community in meaningful and engaging ways, using materials that are appropriate and durable for exterior use.

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program encourages artists who live or work in the local community around the Vare Recreation Center to propose works that respond directly to the characteristics of the specified site. Local artists will be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply. Priority will also be given to artists who reflect the diversity of the community and who propose to work in collaboration with community members. Minority and female artists are strongly encouraged to apply.


A total budget of up to $150,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, renderings, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

View the Call for Artists for full details
View Sample Percent for Art Semi-Finalist Terms of Agreement
View Sample Public Art Contract


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Olney Recreation Center
Project Budget: $185,000
Deadline: July 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.


Olney Recreation Center southwest entrance 

Project Overview:
The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and Rebuild announce a competition to commission a site-specific, community driven public artwork for the Olney Recreation Center, which is a Rebuild construction project consisting of new recreation center building, playground areas tailored to different age groups, updates to the outdoor playing fields, new lit walking paths, as well as ADA accessibility updates. The Olney Recreation Center represents the largest Rebuild project to date.

The public art opportunity is to create a sculptural or two-dimensional art installation on a portion of the exterior site wall near the facility, along E. Spencer Street. The goal of this project is to commission a public art piece that is a true reflection of the people, culture, and community of Olney. Artists should consider durable materials appropriate other than paint-only and are encouraged to interpret what an art wall application could be, beyond the typical painted mural.

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program encourages Artists who live or work in the local community around the Olney Recreation Center to propose works that respond directly to the characteristics of the specified site. Local artists will be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply. Priority will also be given to artists who reflect the diversity of the community and who propose to work in collaboration with community members. Minority and female artists are strongly encouraged to apply. 

A total budget of up to $185,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, renderings, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses. 

Attachments:

  1. Read and download the Call for Artists for more details. 
  2. View Sample Percent for Art Semi-Finalist Terms of Agreement
  3. View Sample Public Art Contract

Questions?
Technical Help
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Application Help?
Contact Stephanie.Fuentes@phila.gov or call 215-686-0309

Paschalville Library
Project Budget: $90,000
Deadline: July 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.


Rendering of new Paschalville Library entrance 


Project Overview:

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and Rebuild announce a competition to commission a site-specific, community driven public artwork for the Paschalville Library. This is a Rebuild construction project, consisting of transformative interior and exterior library renovations and site improvements. The purpose of this Percent for Art opportunity is to create a beautiful and enduring work of public art that is permanent, site-specific, and reflects the culture, values, and diversity of the Paschalville community. 

The public art opportunity will be at the outdoor “Story Circle” on the Saybrook Ave side of the library that will provide an intimate learning and gathering experience. Artists will be encouraged to interpret the history and culture of the Paschall and Elmwood communities through the creation of permanent, outdoor fixed seating for the “Story Circle”, using materials that are appropriate and durable for exterior application.

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program encourages artists who live or work in the local community around the Paschalville Library to propose works that respond directly to the characteristics of the specified site. Local artists will be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply. Priority will also be given to artists who reflect the diversity of the community and who propose to work in collaboration with community members. Minority and female artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

A total budget of up to $90,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, renderings, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

Attachments:

  1. Read and Download the Call for Artists for more details. 
  2. View Sample Percent for Art Semi-Finalist Terms of Agreement
  3. View Sample Public Art Contract

Questions?
Technical Help
Check out the Submitter Resource Center or contact Submittable Customer Support.
Application Help?
Contact Stephanie.Fuentes@phila.gov or call 215-686-0309

The Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy’s (OACCE) Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP) provides funding to annually support more than 150 free, family-friendly arts activities or events in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. These neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, children’s art making workshops, and much more.

Who Can Apply

  • Artists (Ex: musician, puppeteer, dancer)
  • Arts / Cultural Organizations (Ex: cultural heritage group, cultural institution, arts center)
  • Cultural Event Producers (Ex: festival organizer)
  • Civic Leaders (Ex: block captain, member of a neighborhood association)

Neighborhood Arts Program Event Requirements

  • Free to the public
  • Located in Philadelphia County
  • Funds support Philadelphia based artists  and/or cultural organizations
  • Have a live / interactive component
  • Strategy to market and promote the event in the neighborhood

Funding Deadline and Application Timeline

  • Event must be between May 16th, 2022 and December 31st, 2022
  • Rolling application
  • Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the proposed event

NAP emphasizes connecting Philadelphia artists to their communities to provide free, high quality cultural programming that reflects the community’s needs and interests. OACCE encourages artists and organizations to propose events in the communities where they have existing connections or partnerships. Applications that demonstrate strong partnerships and engagement with the communities in which the event is taking place will be prioritized.

The maximum amount of funding available per event is $2,500. If you are applying for multiple events, please submit individual applications for each event in an event series. Funding must go directly to the cultural organization or entity presenting the arts activity or event. Funding recipients must provide a certificate of insurance (COI) for the arts activity or event. OACCE can support you in obtaining a COI if you / your organization does not carry general liability insurance – please see this one pager for more information and support on purchasing one-time event insurance.

Questions? Contact creativephl@gmail.com.

What is Art in City Hall

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy (OACCE) invites Philadelphia’s cultural community to present proposals to exhibit art in display cases on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of historic City Hall.

Art in City Hall is an exhibits program that transforms the public corridors of City Hall into a platform for the arts. It provides an opportunity for Philadelphia’s diverse cultural organizations  to present their artistic expressions and utilize the visual arts to amplify community voices, foster healing and community dialogue in the most important civic building in the city – The People’s Building. The program is committed to presenting a wide range of ideas and artistic explorations to showcase the important role the arts play in our communities.

Eligibility

Local nonprofits and cultural organizations are invited to submit proposals. Collaborations between organizations and other partners, such as with local schools are welcomed, but one organization needs to lead the application process. Artists do not have to live in Philadelphia but including artists from the region is strongly encouraged. Artists can be self-taught or professionally trained.

We do not present solo exhibitions and encourage the organizations to select enough artists to utilize all the display cases in City Hall.

Exhibition Locations

12 exhibit display cases are located on the Second, Third, and Fourth Floors of City Hall near the offices of the Mayor, City Council, and City Council Chambers.

Exhibition Dates

There are four exhibit opportunities year round.

  • May – July
  • August – October
  • November – January
  • February - April

Exhibition Installation and Programming

Participating organizations are expected to deliver and install the exhibition and supply all exhibition hardware and printed materials. They are also expected to plan ONE educational program that complements the exhibition. OACCE may assist the partner organizations in the development and coordination of the exhibit programming, but the organization is responsible for all expenses for the events.

City Hall Hours

City Hall is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed on weekends and holidays. Visitors must sign in at the Northeast corner Visitor’s Entrance, have personal belongings checked, and follow COVID protocols.

Thank you for your interest in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s (OACCE) Neighborhood Arts Programs.

The Call for Creative Talent is a registry of cultural organizations, ensembles, arts groups and individual artists to submit their interest in participating in Neighborhood Arts Programs. By registering with the Call for Creative Talent, you will ensure you receive any opportunities from OACCE’s Neighborhood Arts Programs.

OACCE provides Neighborhood Arts Programs through Creative Avenues, Culture in Neighborhoods, and the Call for Creative Talent. Through these initiatives, OACCE supports local artists and arts organizations to present free, family-friendly cultural activities in public spaces throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. These neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, art making, and much more.

Questions? Email creativephl@gmail.com.

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy