18 Jun 2019

Public Art RFP See Change

Sanchez Art CenterPacifica, California, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: July 9, 2019 – Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, seeks socially engaged artists to create site-specific community engaged public art reflecting on sea level rise, to support the community to civilly engage in authentic conversations, and work collaboratively to meet the requirements for municipalities to develop adaptation strategies.

Understanding that we need to adapt to the impacts of climate change, we also recognize the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change and resulting impacts like sea level rise.

From manufacturing to disposal, the more stuff we buy and throw away, the more energy is used. (More than 40% of our climate impact comes from how we make, haul, use and throw away stuff, including food. These are called consumption emissions.) Physical resources used in this project must therefore support a waste reduction approach that incorporates repurposed materials and recycled content.


Too often fear has taken a leading role in community discussions regarding sea level rise. Science driven narratives, heavy with projections, complex maps and challenging adaptation strategies understandably create anxiety. The impact of the unknown causes the community to put up defenses frequently without a fact-based understanding of why plans are being developed and what they mean for individuals, the community and the environment.

The arts have the unique ability to affect us in ways that—though hard to quantify — can support the need for adaptation in a changing world, a shifting environment and an uncertain future. Engaging artists as agents of change, to create visual art projects that provide the opportunity for community members to be active participants, will raise awareness, understanding and build hope and trust that the impacts of sea level rise can be positively addressed in ways that support the human population, natural (beach) habitats and all beings that enjoy and live in and on the coast.

Project Overview
Sanchez Art Center, with funding from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create visual/interdisciplinary art installations and interactive experiences that invites the community to reflect on sea level rise and adaptation strategies, prompt discussion of public sentiment and values, and foster community connection enabling positive forward motion on strategies and plans that meet shared needs and requirements.

Contact info@sanchezartcenter.org for more information. No fees.

Sanchez Art Center 
1220-B Linda Mar Blvd.
Pacifica CA 94044
t: 650.355.1894

The mission of Sanchez Art Center is to create community through art. Sanchez Art Center (SAC) was established in 1996 when artists and community members converted an old school into a multi-use arts complex that now includes 3 galleries, 19 art studios, an arts classroom, and the Mildred Owen Concert Hall. Sanchez Art Center fulfills its mission by presenting free exhibitions by established and emerging California artists, offering arts education and community engagement activities, and providing affordable studio rentals.

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: Deadlines 07 July thru Aug and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Income: *No Application Fee, Exhibition – Solo, and Purchase.

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