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Bernalillo County Public Art Program Unsolicited Proposal Period Open for Submissions

04/29/2020

 Bernalillo County’s Public Art Board continues to support the creative economy through its unsolicited proposal process as artists face never-before-seen economic challenges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

New Mexico is known throughout the world for its diverse and innovative creative community and the county’s art in public places ordinance sets aside 1% of the budget of capital improvement projects for works of art. Additionally, surplus funding from capital projects goes towards the 1% for the arts common fund which allows the county to purchase art for publicly accessible facilities through an unsolicited proposal process.

“The Arts Board is thinking a lot, right now, about the challenges that artists are facing in the midst of COVID-19. Bernalillo County continues to infuse the economy with funding through the art in public places ordinance, and our unsolicited proposal process allows us to financially support our creative community. We urge artists to submit,” says Bernalillo County Arts Board President Valerie Martínez.

Proposals received through May 31 will be reviewed at the June Arts Board meeting. Artists can submit proposals for a variety of media and styles including two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. Submissions received on or after June 1 through Dec. 31 will be reviewed at the January Arts Board meeting.

Artists can find the information and criteria to submit proposals here.

The Bernalillo County Public Art program is moving forward with various capital improvement projects for works of art. They include pieces for the Tiny Home Village, the new Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square facility, and the Bridge Boulevard and Sunport Boulevard reconstruction projects.

For more information about the unsolicited proposals process or the Bernalillo County Public Art program, contact Kent Swanson, Bernalillo County Public Art Coordinator, kswanson@bernco.gov, or visit the Public Art page here. 

 

About the Public Art program: The Bernalillo County Public Art program was established in 1992 with the adoption of the county’s art in public places ordinance, enacted in 1992 (revised 1997). The program is funded by 1% of the county's general obligation bonds passed during the general election every two years, with the exception of library bonds. Public art projects are associated with these bond initiatives. The ordinance also created the Arts Board, a 10-member appointed advisory board that recommends artworks for public acquisition and display. Two members per district are appointed by their respective county commissioner.

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