Artist Call for Submissions

Pianos About Town image source Visit Fort Collins website
Pianos About Town image source Visit Fort Collins website

Engaging the community through the art matters.


Art gives a voice to the voiceless. Art in public places contributes to social cohesion and allows the residents of a community to shape the landscape. 

There are four open calls for submissions for an artist to create more art in Fort Collins public places. Submissions vary in age requirement and ability level.



Artist Opportunities






The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places (APP) Program, in cooperation with community partners Bohemian Foundation and Downtown Development Authority, seeks to involve local artists/teams by commissioning them to work with the Pianos About Town Project team to paint murals or otherwise artistically decorate working pianos. It will require the artists to work on the piano in Old Town Square or other APP determined the location in Fort Collins. The intent of this project is to create a downtown attraction of an artist working on site and to place decorated pianos around the Fort Collins area. It requires the artists to develop and submit a visual concept for someone to paint the mural or decoration to someone to add decoration to a functioning piano. It will pay selected artists an $1,000 honorarium. Deadline: February 11, 2019



The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places (APP) Program is requesting designs from artists aged 3 to 18 years old. The drawings will be sandblasted into 16″ × 16″ granite pavers and incorporated into the City’s streetscape. They will award artists whose designs have been selected by the committee $50. Deadline: March 1, 2019



The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program (APP) seeks to commission multiple artists/teams to work with the Project Team to develop concepts for someone to paint murals on transformed cabinets in Fort Collins, Colorado. They intend the murals to help mitigate graffiti and create artful objects within the public sites. The APP Program will select artists/teams for multiple locations. They will select artists/teams based on their qualifications/application materials. They will pay selected artists a minimum of $1,250. Deadline: April 8, 2019.



The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program (APP) is seeking submissions to create the list of approved artists who can work as Design Consultants for City of Fort Collins capital projects. Deadline: May 6, 2019



Grant Workshops


Need support with grants and submissions?

 Attend one or two free open forum workshops in January. Get your FAQ’s addressed and learn about all the opportunities for an artist in public places.


  • Session I: Presentation and Q&A

Jan. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Music District, 639 S College Ave, Fort Collins

This session will include a presentation at 6:30 p.m. about the application and review process. They will provide handouts and program staff will be available to answer questions during the rest of the session.



  • Session II: Open House and Application Review

Jan. 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Matthews St., Fort Collins

At this drop-in session, staff will be available to sit with applicants one-on-one to review applications and make application recommendations. Staff also will be available to provide general information for applicants who could not attend the first information session. Information about other artist opportunities offered by the City of Fort Collins will be available


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