Percent for Art Call for Artists Olney Recreation Center- Philadelphia, PA

  • Commissioning Entity

    City of Philadelphia

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  • Location of Commission

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Geographic Eligibilty

    Applicants in city of installation

  • Contact Name

    Stephanie Fuentes

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    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 a 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 an innovative sculptural or three-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 for exterior application 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.

    Community input is a priority for this project and artist teams will be encouraged to work with the public to align their proposal with the desires and feedback from the community. A Public Input Meeting for Semi-Finalists will be held to allow artists to hear directly from members of the Olney community who wish to share their ideas and aspirations about this project.

    Please see commission document for full project information and application instructions.