Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Committee Call for Public Art Installation- Takoma Park, MD

  • Commissioning Entity

    Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Committee

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Brendan Smith

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    Submission Deadline: March 3, 2024
    All-Inclusive Budget: $25,000

    The Arts and Humanities Committee is pleased to announce this call for entries for a site-specific sculptural installation as part of the City of Takoma Park’s ongoing efforts to further the creation of public art as a means of building community, enhancing public spaces and celebrating the arts.


    The City is seeking proposals that reflect a theme of “welcome” or “crossroads” for a permanent sculptural installation to be located outside the Takoma Park Recreation Center at 7315 New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. The Recreation Center is located on a state highway that is a major entry point to the city near several diverse, vibrant, and multicultural neighborhoods.

    The installation may be comprised of metal or other durable materials that must be resistant to the weather and have an estimated lifespan of at least five years. An anti-graffiti coating also should be included if possible. The installation should be designed in a way that it can be moved at a later date if needed.

    Some interactive or playful elements are welcomed, but the installation shouldn’t encourage climbing. There is no power at the site, and any components that may break or require replacement are strongly discouraged. The installation should require minimal maintenance.


    This call is open to all artists 18 and over, and artist teams are eligible to apply. Artist(s) should have previous experience with projects of a similar scale and budget that were successfully completed. City of Takoma Park employees, Arts and Humanities Committee members, and their family members are not eligible to apply.


    The all-inclusive budget is $25,000. The funds must cover design work, engineering, fabrication, transportation, delivery, site preparation, installation of the work, as well as any other expenses, including required liability and worker’s comp insurance, travel costs, and the artist’s fee. The selected artist(s) will be paid $12,500 upon execution of the contract and the remaining $12,500 upon completion of the installation to the satisfaction of City staff and the Arts and Humanities Committee.


    The installation will be located outside the Takoma Park Recreation Center at 7315 New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Artists should propose an installation or group of installations that fit within the site at maximum dimensions of 20 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 15 feet tall. The site is a grassy area between a sidewalk and the Recreation Center parking lot with a slight incline which may require some grading. Applicants are encouraged to visit the site before submitting an application.

    See the commission document for full project information. Click here for the application form