The new public art program is called Open Spaces, and aims to showcase the work of both emerging and established artists in a range of disciplines. That makes this a rare opportunity for artists to think on a massive scale — and budget — even if they don’t specialize in public art.
The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry with brief project proposals between May 16 and June 30. Then, a small group of finalists from that pool will be given $5,000 to further develop their projects and submit a detailed proposal in mid-September. Up to four of those full proposals will receive funding.
To apply, artists must have a nonprofit partner (or vice versa) to help spearhead the project. The nonprofits (or organization with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor) must be based in the Bay Area, but the artist doesn’t necessarily have to be local as long as the organization is playing a strong role. Proposed sites must be located in either Oakland or San Francisco, and high-density urban areas that are easily accessible via public transportation will be prioritized.
Medium-wise, the foundation says its open to technology-based works, light-based artworks, video and film projections, sound sculpture, socially engaged art practice, conceptual works, performance-based visual arts projects, as well as more traditional visual arts work. See more details about the application process here.