$12,000 donated to Greater Boston artists for Salem Public Parks Project

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SALEM, MA – Salem is looking to bring some creativity and interactivity to its underutilized public park space and is offering $12,000 to the artist who can provide it.

The grant will be awarded to the applicant responsible for designing and constructing a temporary public art project to be displayed for four months next spring. Artists from across Greater Boston are encouraged to apply here by the 4 p.m. deadline on December 15.

The project is part of the Salem Public Art Commission in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Area Planning Council’s “Making it Public” program. The goal is to bring “activation, play, joy, color and beauty to neighborhood parks and underutilized spaces across the city.

The artist will choose the space where the exhibition will be presented. Artists are encouraged to “create and think outside the box”.

Applicants should have experience creating outdoor or site-specific artwork. The commission must cover all services from development to final completion, including artist fees, travel, community meetings, materials, creation, fabrication, installation, transportation, and coordination of the project.

The Mayor of Salem’s office will run an “art jury” that will select three to five finalists from the entries received, who will then be interviewed and invited to present their work. The Town Hall will then select the selected artist.

Full design plans are not required in the application process, but “general sketches of ideas” are “highly desirable”.

More information about the project can be found here or by calling Senior Arts and Culture Planner Julie Barry at 978-619-5681.

(Scott Souza is a Patch field editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)

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