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Call to Artists: Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant vendor list

Request for Qualifications for the Pre-Qualified List of Artists for the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program: Tempe Public Art Opportunity                                                                                                               

The City of Tempe invites Arizona artists to submit qualifications for inclusion in an artist prequalified vendor list that will be used to select artists for upcoming projects with budgets up to $10,000. Artists selected for these projects will have the opportunity to work directly with residents in the creation of artworks within their communities.

Tempe’s Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program was created to invest in resident-initiated projects designed to enhance the quality of life in Tempe neighborhoods. Applications are solicited on an annual basis. Applicants include Neighborhood Associations in Tempe registered with the Neighborhood Services Division; Homeowners’ Associations in Tempe registered with the Neighborhood Services Division and Apartment communities that are fully certified in the City’s Crime Free Multi-housing Program.  To be eligible for funding, a project must be a capital improvement project that benefits the entire neighborhood. Artists are selected directly by residents as part of the grant application process. The Artist prequalified vendor list will be used as a resource to allow residents to locate the best possible artist collaborator for these projects. This list will be updated every other year as needed.

Inclusion in the prequalified list is competitive.  Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of residents and arts professionals with the intention of creating a diverse, inclusive list of approximately 20-30 artists.  Artists included in the prequalified list may be considered for other projects when appropriate.


This Call to Artists is open to a professional artist or artist team residing in Arizona and eligible to work in the United States. Artist must demonstrate experience in design, fabrication and installation, and have knowledge of durable materials appropriate to the Sonoran Desert climate.

Accepted artist will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States. City of Tempe employees, steering committee members, and their immediate family members are excluded from participating in this project.


Up to $10,000

The current budget for an individual Maryanne Corder Neighborhood grant is up to $10,000. Artists are expected to budget all costs into this amount including the artist’s design fee; project management fees; the artwork’s final design, fabrication, transportation, delivery and installation costs; subcontractor and consultant fees including any engineers or fabricators; permit and license fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, and all other costs associated with the art project. 


Friday, October 13, 2017 (11:59 PM) Mountain Standard Time

Pre-Submittal Session

  • September 27 from 4:00-5:30 pm Tempe Center for the Arts Carter Lounge, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85281 (Carter Lounge is located on the 2nd floor of the Tempe Center for the Arts, enter through the main lobby and take the elevator to the left upstairs. The Carter Lounge entrance is directly across from the elevator)

 How to Apply

The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at . All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.  NOTE: Images should be uploaded as jpegs and all written documents (resume, letter, image list) should be saved into a PDF format and uploaded to the Submittable site.

  • Letter of interest: (Maximum 1 page) Describe why you are interested in the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant projects and explain previous relevant experience in working with community based projects.  If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator.
  • Resume: (Maximum 2 pages) Outline your recent experience and accomplishments as an artist. If applying as a team, each member may submit a one page resume.
  • Digital Images: 6 images of previously completed work. Specific proposals will not be accepted.
  • Image List: (Maximum 2 pages) A separate document listing information about the 6 digital images. For each image submitted list the title, date, size, location, and budget with a thumbnail of the image.

Artist Selection Process

Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. An artist selection committee will be made up of residents and arts professionals with the intention of creating a diverse, inclusive roster of artists. Artists selected for the prequalified list may remain on the list for up to three years and may be reviewed for opportunities outside of the Maryanne Corder Grant Program when appropriate.

Additional Information

The Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program is coordinated through Tempe Neighborhood Services, a division of the City of Tempe that serves to improve and preserve neighborhood vitality by fostering public participation and facilitating interaction between residents and their city government.

The Grant Program was created as a means to invest in resident-initiated projects designed to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Applications are solicited on an annual basis. The program was renamed the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program by the City Council in November 2004 in honor of the City’s first Neighborhood Program Director. For more information, please review the grant guidelines:

Tempe Public Art aspires to cultivate a unique community identity that advances Tempe as a vibrant and progressive destination. Tempe's diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe's sense of community and place.

We are here to help, contact: Rebecca Blume Rothman, Director of Public Art 480-350-2827

This Call to Artist does not commit the city to enter into any agreement, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of the proposal to this request or in subsequent negotiations, or to produce a contract for the project. The city reserves the right to reject any or all applications, reissue the Call to Artist, revise the project terms or procure any service by other means. While all reasonable care will be taken, the city is not responsible for loss of or damage to materials included with applications.

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