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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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Philadelphia's Permanent Harriet Tubman Statue Part 1: Submission of Qualifications

Location: City Hall Northeast Apron

Project Budget: $500,000

Deadline: January 26, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET

View of City Hall's North Apron from across the street 

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the  African American Historic Statue Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee), consisting of public arts professionals, historians, educators, community representatives, and family members of Harriet Tubman announce a competition to commission a site-specific, public art statue on the Northeast apron of City Hall that will celebrate Harriet Tubman’s life, story and legacy. Proposals are being solicited through the City’s public art commissioning process to attract a wide variety of high-quality design ideas and original creative expressions for this important and historic public art project in Philadelphia.

This public art competition is open to all interested artists or artist teams. Priority will be given to artists or artist teams who reflect the diversity of Philadelphia, and minority and female artists or artist teams are strongly encouraged to apply. Local artists or artist teams who live or work in the Greater Philadelphia area 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: Semi-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 five (5) best qualified Semi-Finalists who will move on to Part 2 of the competition where design proposals will be requested. No design proposals are requested at this time.

Public input and participation will be vital to ensuring the voices of Philadelphians are reflected in the development of the Harriet Tubman statue. Public engagement opportunities will allow Semi-Finalists to hear directly from members of the public about their ideas and aspirations for this project. Semi-Finalists will be encouraged to align their proposals with input and feedback provided by the public.

A total budget of $500,000 has been allocated for this public art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, renderings, research, insurance, engineering, fabrication, foundations, installation, site construction, travel, and all other project related expenses.

View the Call for Artists for full details

View Sample Contract between Final Artist and City of Philadelphia

View Sample Artist Semi-Finalist Agreement/Acknowledgement Form


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Contact Marguerite.Anglin@phila.gov with Subject "Harriet Tubman Application" or call 215-686-4596

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