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The City of El Paso is Calling for Artists

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 21, 2010

The City of El Paso’s Public Art Program invites all professional artists or artist teams residing in the state of Texas to submit their qualifications to be considered for a public art project at the Bataan Memorial Trainway located in downtown El Paso. Interested artists must have experience and knowledge working with project design teams, including but not limited to: engineers, contractors, stakeholders, and City officials. For detailed information please visit www.elpasoartsandculture.org and click on the “Public Art” Tab.

About the City of El Paso Bataan Train way Improvement Project

The Bataan Trainway Improvement project calls for the re-construction and improvement of the bridges built over the railroad tracks downtown. The Bataan Trainway Improvement project calls for the re-construction and improvement of the bridges built over the railroad tracks. The repair areas highlighted for the integration of public art include both front and side view fencing to replace chain link fences currently standing on 6 overpasses. The selected artist will be tasked to develop a conceptual design to address the aforementioned locations. Artists will be required to strategically develop a theme, perform extensive local research, and work with a project design team consisting of engineers, contractors, City officials, etc.

About the El Paso Public Art Program

Adopted by City Council in 2006, The Public Art Program for the City of El Paso was established under the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department in the effort to integrate public artworks throughout the City of El Paso. The Public Art Ordinance established a 2% for the arts program, setting aside 2% from every Capital Improvement Project budget for the acquisition of art for municipal property. Since its inception, the Public Art Program has strived to offer our local communities and neighborhoods insight, repose, delight and a distinctive sense of place in the essence of achieving the following Public Art Policy Goals to enhance the quality of life of residents through the thoughtful infusion of artists at a neighborhood level and in the design of publicly financed infrastructure, promote economic revitalization by adding value to municipal facilities, creating ongoing opportunities for artists and artisans to enhance the visitor experience, define and improve authentic images of El Paso as a unique place, community and destination, and administer, maintain, and conserve the City’s public art collection.

For questions or concerns please contact Marisol Lopez, Public Art Program Specialist at (915) 541-4257,

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