The “Art is Everywhere” Public Art Community Grant Program builds upon the commissions “Art is Here” public outreach for the 30th Anniversary of the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission (PSPAC) in 2019. Throughout the past year we have been inviting the public to engage with public art and listening to their desire for more public art in the wider Palm Springs community.
With this in mind the Public Arts Commission is working with the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE PS) neighborhood organization to activate public art projects throughout our community. Our goal is to engage the entire Palm Springs in creating public arts projects in their neighborhoods, parks and throughout the city.
Grants available for 2020 are the following: up to 2 per council district and up to 2 for business districts for a total of 12 grants. The Palm Springs Public Arts Commission will provide grant funding and ONE PS will disburse the funds. The Palm Springs Public Arts Commission will vote on grant applications and approved public art projects will be granted $2500 or $5000 towards their project. Grants will be awarded to proposals based on the project’s artistic integrity, community engagement, budget requirements and project logistics. Grants will be awarded on proposal merit not on the number of grants available. Not all available grants may be awarded. Grant recipients will not be eligible to apply for a subsequent grant in this fiscal year. Grantees are responsible for obtaining all City approvals for this project.
To make funds available to activate a culture of community public arts in Palm Springs and enhance our community. These collaborative, public arts-and-culture projects will encourage community groups to partner with a Coachella Valley resident artist.
Interesting in Participating? What’s Next?
Engage with your community, create interest in a public arts project in your neighborhood, put together a community group to lead the project and then fill out the “Letter of Interest for Community Representative” here: https://pspublicarts.com/interest-for-community-representative
What Type of Projects Qualify?
Public Art comes in many forms, and may be anything from mini-murals, park activations, shade structures, lighting, bench designs, to art performance pieces – these projects should be designed to enhance and engage the community. Use your imagination and discuss your ideas with your Public Arts Commissioner consultant.
Criteria for a public art piece according to the Palm Springs Public Arts Ordinance should apply to all grant proposals.