Inclusive Public Art Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do you mean by “permanent public art”?

While no one can guarantee that an art installation will exist forever, the Foundation wants to invest in installations that applicants have reason to believe will exist for many, many years, or even generations. While a site does not need to be selected at the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage, ZSR expects semi-finalists to identify sites that are likely to host the installation for many years, with no end in sight, and to describe the likelihood that the installation will remain at that site on an ongoing basis.
 
Permanent public art is considered to be original visual art including, but not limited to, sculptures, murals, monuments, photographic renderings, mosaics, lighting and electronic art installations installed on a permanent basis. The location for the art installations can be in spaces owned publicly or privately but are visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways, free of any admission fee.
 

2. We are a grassroots organization (youth group, cultural group, etc.) with history to share but are unsure of who to partner with in our community, can you help?

The Foundation is dedicated to utilizing ZSR’s networks, as much as possible, to aid in the success of the Inclusive Public Art Initiative. If you are an informal organization with an important story to share, we may be able to help you connect with government agencies and other local organizations that could act as possible project partners. Please reach out to the program coordinator whose contact information is below.
 

3. What if we have a story to tell but don’t know, at this time, where we will install the art?

Locations for the art installations do not have to be known at the time of the LOI submission. Semi-finalists will be asked to identify locations as part of their applications.
 
In addition, the Foundation is dedicated to utilizing ZSR’s networks, as much as possible, to aid in the success of the Inclusive Public Art Initiative. If you are an informal organization with an important story to share, we may be able to help you connect with government agencies and other local organizations that could assist you in identifying a location. Please reach out to the program coordinator at the contact information below.
 

4. What if we have a story to tell but don’t know an artist to work with?

At the LOI stage of the process, it is not required that proposed projects already have an artist selected. In the event that you are selected as a semi-finalist to submit a full proposal, your community will be expected to select an artist over the winter. Ideally, a project will select an artist already rooted in the community where the project is located, or originally from that community. At a minimum, artists should be residents of NC. ZSR strongly encourages communities to select artists of color and/or women artists. If needed, ZSR will guide individual semi-finalists in the process of putting out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find and select an appropriate artist to work with.
 
5. Can the location of the art installation be inside of a building that is publicly accessible?
 
Our criteria states the following:
 
Projects must be for permanent public art (performance-based work and temporary installation will not be considered). Permanent public art is considered to be original visual art including, but not limited to, sculptures, murals, monuments, photographic renderings, mosaics, lighting and electronic art installations installed on a permanent basis. The location* for the art installations can be in spaces owned publicly or privately, but are visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways, free of any admission fee.
 
*Locations for the art installations do not have to be known at the time of the Letter of Intent submission. Semi-finalists will be asked to identify locations as part of their applications.
 
On the webinar, we stated that art could be placed indoors, as long as it was still free and publicly accessible. However, we would like to clarify that while we are open to proposals for indoor installations, those installations still must be “visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways.”
 
6. Can multiple organizations apply together?
 
Yes, we encourage collaboration. One organization would take the lead as the applicant and the other collaborating organizations can be included in the narrative and highlighted through the Letters of Support.
 
7. Can multiple artists collaborate on a project and apply together?
 
Yes, we encourage collaboration; however, Letters of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) organization, college/university, religious entity or governmental unit. Community engagement is a significant part of the initiative, and LOIs need to demonstrate how the project is community-driven and community-engaged. The Foundation is dedicated to utilizing ZSR’s networks, as much as possible, to aid in the success of the Inclusive Public Art Initiative. If you are an artist (or group of artists) with an important story to share, we may be able to help you connect with government agencies and other local organizations that could act as possible project partners. Please reach out to the program coordinator whose contact information is below.
 
8. Can individuals apply or just organizations?
 
Letters of Intent must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) organization, college/university, religious entity or governmental unit. Community engagement is a significant part of the initiative, and LOIs need to demonstrate how the project is community-driven and community-engaged. The Foundation is dedicated to utilizing ZSR’s networks, as much as possible, to aid in the success of the Inclusive Public Art Initiative. If you have an important story to share, we may be able to help you connect with government agencies and other local organizations that could act as possible project partners. Please reach out to the program coordinator whose contact information is below.
 
9. Can an organization submit multiple LOIs for different projects?
 
Yes.
 
10. What if we want to work with an artist that resides outside of the state of NC?
 
We do not ask applicants to identify an artist at the LOI stage; however, if a community identifies an artist early in their process, our criteria states our preference for projects that engage artists rooted in their community. In the event that an appropriate local artist can not be identified, we request that you work with an artist that resides within the State of North Carolina. If your project reaches the semi-final stage and you are invited to submit a full proposal we can assist you in the process of identifying an appropriate artist.
 
Many potential applicants have expressed reasons for wanting to work with an out-of-state artist. While that would not disqualify an applicant, priority is likely to be given to projects working with in-state artists, or communities that create the art themselves.
 
11. You are asking for community engagement to take place before grants are awarded, how can we do this?
 
At the LOI stage we are asking you to respond to how you will engage community. If you are chosen as a semi-finalist and invited to submit a full-proposal, we will provide some initial resources for community engagement before the full proposal is submitted. (This is vague and does not promise planning grants but support.
 
If you have questions about ZSR’s Inclusive Public Art initiative, please contact Project Coordinator Brenda Miller Holmes at brenda@brendamillerholmes.com.