January was a no-go for new Denver public art, but the city has nearly $900,000 for artists interested in creating more

The city arts agency is calling for local, national and international artists to pitch three projects.

Karma Leigh's artwork art at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Jan. 14, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Karma Leigh's artwork art at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Jan. 14, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Calling all artists: Denver is offering nearly $900,000 in funding for three new art pieces around the city.

A release from the city’s Arts & Venues office said public art curators want to commission three new pieces, including one project open only to Colorado artists.

Spokesperson and program manager Amber Fochi said in an email the city won’t be unveiling any public art this month, though it’s hoping to get entries for the next round of funding.

Here’s what the arts department is looking to commission:

  • $100,000 for an original piece for the Broadway Boulevard Streetscape project to “highlight and bolster the sense of place along the corridor.” This project is open to artists living in the U.S.
  • $485,000 for an outdoor piece at the Denver Health Outpatient Medical Center, which is slated to open this summer. This project is open to local, national and international artists and should be “uplifting and iconic, and contribute to a sense of hope.”
  • $300,000 for a piece at the Denver Health’s main campus plaza that will have a daytime and nighttime presence engaging “Denver Health employees, visitors and patients, and honoring the human experience.” This project is open only to Colorado artists and artist teams.

Artists can visit CallForEntry.org to learn more about each project and apply it to them individually. The call will be open until March 9 at 11:59 p.m. The office suggests visiting its website to learn more.

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