Collaborate with Downtown businesses on seasonal storefront artwork!

The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District is seeking project proposals for artist collaborations with local businesses on “Winter Wonderland” themed seasonal storefront artwork and displays. Designed storefronts should be completed by November 27 and will remain in place until February, 2021. Artists may partner with a specific business and/or propose work for a specific location, or they may submit a general proposal and be paired up with a participating business by the BID. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 2, 2020. For full details on the project, artist eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www.downtownalbany.org/artistapplication.

Projects may include:

  • Temporary murals
  • Window painting
  • Lighting installations or displays
  • Storefront redesign or displays
  • Projections on outdoor spaces
  • Interactive outdoor space activities
  • Other visual art or design installation
 
This project is open to artists living within 100 miles of Albany, NY.  Applications will be reviewed by an independent jury of experts in the arts field to select a diverse group of artists, mediums, and projects. Not all artist applicants will be chosen to participate in the program. 

Stipends in the amount of $500 will be awarded to selected artists for compensation and to help cover the cost of supplies. Production of all projects should adhere to CDC and New York State COVID-19 safety guidelines.

If selected, artist is an independent contractor and at no time will be considered an employee of the Downtown Albany BID or partnering businesses.

Please contact Jason Bonafide, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District Special Events Manager, with any questions at 518-465-2143 x 111 or jbonafide@downtownalbany.org.

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* 1. Artist contact information

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* 2. Artist website and/or social media handles

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* 3. Professional/Organizational Biography (50 words or less)

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* 4. Project Description: Please describe your proposed project in detail, including the proposed timing, location, and partners involved. 

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* 5. Experience: Please describe relevant experience and qualifications that will help you and your partners to administer your project.

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* 6. Safety: Please outline how you and your partners will ensure that CDC and New York State COVID-19 safety regulations will be followed and enforced during the production of your artwork.

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* 7. Timeline: Outline a brief plan for completing your project by November 27.

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* 8. Please submit a sketch or mockup of your Winter Wonderland idea by email to or fileshare link to jbonafide@downtownalbany.org, and include a description of your mockup here. 

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* 9. Please submit up to four (4) examples of your artwork by email attachment, Dropbox or fileshare link to jbonafide@downtownalbany.org. Include descriptions of your submitted artwork samples below. You may also include links to view the artwork in the description below.

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* 10. By typing your name and the date below, you acknowledge that you understand the decisions of the Downtown Albany BID and the juror(s) are final and, if accepted, you agree to abide by the project's rules and regulations. You hereby discharge the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and their assigns of and from all manner of actions, suits, damages, and claims while participating in the 2020 Winter Wonderland public art program.

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