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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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Barrett Playground
Project Budget: $135,000
Extended Deadline: June 24, 2024



Project Overview:

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and Rebuild announce a competition to commission site-specific, permanent  public artworks to be installed at Barrett Playground at 641 Lindley Ave in North Philadelphia. This public art commission is possible through the City's Percent for Art program and is part of a major Rebuild construction project at Barrett Playground that will include a new community building and significant outdoor site improvements.


The Barrett Percent for Art commission will provide an opportunity for one (1) artist or artist team to create two (2) complementary, indoor public artworks to be located in the main “Commons” area of the new community building. The first artwork will be a sculptural ceiling-hung art installation, and the second artwork will be an indoor art wall installation. 


All interested artists are invited to apply for this public art commission. Given the multiple mediums required for these two artworks, artists are strongly encouraged to form multi-disciplinary artist teams if/as needed to fulfill the requirements for creating both artworks. Teams might include two or more artists working in various mediums with combined capability and skill to provide both 2D and 3D artworks as a team. All lead team members should be listed as part of this application. Teams cannot be formed after an application has already been submitted for this opportunity. 


Priority will be given to artists or artist teams who reflect the diversity of the Logan community, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and female artists or artist teams are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified local artists or artist teams who live or work in the community around the Barrett Playground will also be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply.


This is a two-part competition consisting of Part 1: Submission of Qualifications and Part 2: Finalist Proposals. In Part 1 of the competition, all artists or artist teams who are interested in this opportunity are invited to respond to this Call for Artists by submitting an application detailing their qualifications ONLY. Applicants will be narrowed into a smaller group of the four (4) best qualified Finalists who will move on to Part 2 of the competition where they will receive a $1000 stipend to develop thorough design proposals for the Barrett Playground art opportunity. No design proposals are requested at this time. 


Public input and participation will be vital to ensuring the voices of the community are strongly reflected in the development of the artwork. Community engagement opportunities will allow Finalist artists to hear directly from members of the public about their ideas and aspirations for this project and what stories the artwork should tell. Finalists will be encouraged to align their proposals with input and feedback provided by the community during OACCE-led events, and will be expected to propose artist-led engagement as appropriate if selected as a winning artist. 


A total budget of up to $135,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, drawings, renderings, models, fabrication, installation, engineering, lighting, structure, foundations, travel, artist-led community engagement, and all other project related expenses to support the creation and installation of the artwork.

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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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.


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.

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy