Lancaster Public Art seeks to engage residents of Southeast Lancaster City by asking, “What locations would you like to see improved with art?” and “What are some things in your neighborhood that you feel represent your culture or help to define home to you?” The artist will gather this data through community meetings and outreach programming. The artist will facilitate community art making while encouraging and educating about ways to create their own projects. PACE 2018 will culminate at the annual San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival where we will share the research and encourage residents to apply to create temporary art in those sites through our TAP program or sign-up to join selection committees for future projects.

Jan. 20th, 2018              Call Issued
March 2nd, 4pm EST     Deadline for Submissions
March 9th                       Finalists Selected. Applicants Notified
March 19th – 23th          Interviews
March 28th                     Artist Selected. 
April - July                     Community Engagement / Design Phase
July 25th-28th                San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival

BUDGET - $3,000
Covers all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation and installation.

This Public Art commission is open to all professional artists, or a team thereof, capable of collaborating with members of the community. Applicants must be 18 years or older.  
Nondiscrimination Clause: The City of Lancaster, PA and the PAAB will select artists without regard to race, color, religious creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin, age or sex.

Qualifications will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, conceptual innovation, design, and compatibility with the PACE project. Submissions from those currently or previously living and/or working in Southeast Lancaster are preferred but not required. Applicants must demonstrate:

A developed and consistent body of work regarding showing competency with similar or applicable projects;

Artistic merit as evidenced by visual documentation;

An understanding of diverse cultures within an urban setting;

Ability to hold community conversations.

Deep understanding of the Southeast is preferred but not required.


A letter of interest: The letter should state the artist’s interest in the project, an introduction of themselves and their work, their approach to public art, relevant experience and project understanding.


References: Minimum of three.

A maximum of twenty (20) files: digital images, video and audio files are all acceptable with a corresponding materials list.

Annotated support materials list: The list will support the visual materials list and can include: description, budget, materials, location, client or commissioning organization, and any other relevant project information.

March 2nd, 2018 received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. Late applications will not be reviewed. Artists will be notified upon receipt of their qualifications being submitted and again once the finalists have been selected on March 9th, 2018.

The five-member selection panel includes artists, professionals, and community members. The Public Art Manager serves as a non-voting advisor to the committee.

Submissions that arrive on or before the due date and meet all the application requirements, as judged solely by the Project Planning Committee, will be reviewed.

Three finalists will be selected and invited to interview.

Artists interviewed.

Artist is selected


If you have questions, please email Joanna Davis, Public Art Manager, Lancaster Public Art at or call (717) 291-4829

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