Calling All Artists in Greater Portland | Creative Bus Shelter Initiative

  • September 24, 2019

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Creative Portland invites Greater Portland artists to submit proposals for the Portland Creative Bus Shelter Initiative. Funded partially by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Creative Placemaking grants program, matched by corporate sponsors and project partners Greater Portland METRO, GPCOG and Waterstone Properties, who also sit on the curatorial team for Phase 1 that will fund four (4) separate bus shelters with add-on designs to existing code-compliant shelters. Pamela Moulton, project coordinator, will supervise installation of the jury’s chosen designs.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION Artist(s) will be considered based on:

An interest in public arts messaging under the theme of celebrating our City’s diversity
A practice of inclusive community bonding & cultural acceptance Demonstration of quality work & artistic excellence

Previous art installation experience
An ability to create renderings or drawings of a notable and impactful creative design
Precision designs for add-on installations of Metro’s bus shelters Experience using exterior weather-resistant materials for large scale public art
Proven experience in time management and delivering on budget

Projects will be selected based on artistic excellence of the proposed designs within the budget, experience in public art installations, use of weather- resistant materials for longevity, and an inclusive message of belonging and acceptance in a racially, socially, and economically diverse city that honors artistic talent and pays tribute to cultural distinctions. Bus shelter locations to be determined following artist selection.

The curatorial team responsible for choosing the artists will include representatives from higher education institutions, arts organizations, and corporate sponsors, who also have a connection to understanding and

working with under-served populations and diverse communities.

For more information on the bus shelter initiative, including inspirational incentive for the project, as well as practical details for applicant consideration (shelter dimensions, budget and timeline), click here.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 15.

Any questions, please contact us at 207-370-4784 or

Please feel free to forward this call to any artists you might recommend in the Greater Portland Area.

Creative Portland
(207) 370-4784




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