$25,000 Water Challenge Day Arts-Based Pitch Competition Seeks Public Art Exploring Water Issues

The Arts Council New Orleans: Place + Civic Design division and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation are requesting proposals for an exterior public art installation themed around the challenge of living with water in the city of New Orleans. Finalists will compete for a project budget of $25,000 to be determined by an audience vote at the Water Challenge Day on March 23rd during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

This community-based, interactive piece will be installed on the new Lafitte Greenway, with the intention of sparking community engagement and active participation in water and the issues it poses in our city.

The inclusion of this arts-based pitch in the Water Challenge Day marks a move towards increasing civic participation in the conversation around opportunities in the local water economy. “Propeller is excited to feature water as a tool for both artistic expression and community engagement,” said Propeller Programs Coordinator Virginia Hanusik.

The request for proposals seeks projects that are conceptual, forward thinking, and reflect ideas expressly related to water, while also taking into account the context of the geographic location. The installation can range from low-tech solutions to contemporary uses of technology and can allow for possible interactivity and/or functionality to be built in. Artists, artist teams, community groups working with water, engineers, designers, and/or architects in partnership with artists are eligible to apply.

 The Arts Council will commission the project through the City of New Orleans’ Percent For Art Program, which has facilitated the creation of over 350 artworks currently enlivening the city’s landscape and engaging New Orleanians in dialogue about our city.

This new piece will bring concerted environmental dialogue to the new Lafitte Greenway as a part of the Arts Council’s overall mission.

“Arts Council New Orleans is truly excited to partner with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, to allow artists, designers, and architects a chance to explore the cross section of public art and water science,” said Bryan C. Lee, Place + Civic Design Director at Arts Council New Orleans. “As we introduce the idea that artists are key to advancing civic goals we see water and issues related to coastal erosion as a central concern that can be informed through the lens that the creative community can bring to bear.”

 Living with Water is a partnership between the Arts Council New Orleans: Place + Civic Design Lab and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.

 The Water Challenge is a collaborative initiative between Propeller and Idea Village, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Through the Dutch Dialogues® workshops and the development of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, Waggonner & Ball Architects has played a leading role in bringing living with water® to the forefront of contemporary planning practices, urban design and public policy.