Living with Water: $25,000 Arts Pitch Competition Deadline

Propeller, in partnership with The Arts Council of New Orleans, is requesting proposals for a public art installation that will highlight New Orleans' relationship to water and be featured on Water Challenge Day 2015.

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Friday, February 13, 2015
11:59 PM


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

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The Arts Council New Orleans: Place + Civic Design Lab and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation are requesting proposals from artists, artist teams, community groups working with water, engineers, designers, and/or architects in partnership with artists who are interested in creating an exterior public art installation expressing New Orleans’ relationship with water. The Water Challenge: Living with Water competition RFP is the first of two open calls to all New Orleans artists, artist teams, designers/architects, and engineers with a resume of experience.

In recent years, New Orleans has seen a move towards a strategic urban water plan with the aim of understanding the existing condition while eyeing a progressive water infrastructure future. Louisiana, and New Orleans, specifically face numerous challenges, ranging from sea level change and coastal erosion to antiquated water systems and potential water supply contamination. Public art is a valuable component to conversations in and the around civic spaces in our community. The Arts Council is situated at the cross section of conversations regarding art and public life, and this project will serve to bring that concerted environmental dialogue to the new Lafitte Greenway.

  • The official RFP and additional information on the project can be found here.
  • Applications for submission can be accessed here.

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. Waggonner & Ball is proud to support the Arts Council of New Orleans and Propeller in their effort to expand the public discourse around critical water issues through this competition.

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