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Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art and Civic Design

Award to a USA Arts Administrator to Recognize
Contributions to Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Americans for the Arts and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation

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Deadline Date:

03/15/21 11:59 PM


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Award of $30,000 and in-kind support to a USA arts administrator to recognize contributions that have enhanced the community. Awards may be used for a range of activities, including but not limited to professional development, research, and project work. The award is intended to celebrate and highlight the work of the individuals who support, develop, and manage the incorporation of art and artists into the designing and building of places.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190875

Number of Grants:

The Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design will be awarded to one person.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The selected individual will receive:
- $30,000
- One year of Americans for the Arts Individual Professional membership.
- National opportunities for the recipient to share knowledge, perspective, and experience with Americans for the Arts and its national stakeholders.

Term of Contract:

The arts administrator must be available to work with Americans for the Arts starting in June 2021 through May 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility criteria includes:
- The arts administrator has a track record of 10 or more years of consistent work at the intersection of public art and civic design.
- The arts administrator is actively doing creative work relevant to the intent of the Pérez Prize.
- The Pérez Prize is intended to support an individual arts administrator. The arts administrator may lead or be part of a company or organization, but the recipient is the individual arts administrator, and the recognition is for the achievement and contributions of that individual.
- The arts administrator is a U.S. citizen or resident and is at least 30 years old.
- The arts administrator is available to work with Americans for the Arts starting in June 2021 through May 2022, and is available to be virtually present for the 2021 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention during the week June 7.

Those ineligible to apply include:
- Current Americans for the Arts staff, board members, advisory council members, and committee members;
- Individuals enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs; and
- Pérez Prize jury selection panelists and recipients of Americans for the Arts Public Art Awards from the past three years.

Art Administrator Criteria
- The art administrator has demonstrated experience of 10 or more years and has made significant contributions to community transformation through their work at the intersection of the arts and areas of civic design, planning, transportation, and/or land use development.
- The arts administrator is at a stage where the visibility and opportunity afforded by the Pérez Prize will meaningfully support their growth and recognition in the field.
- The process and/or projects with which the arts administrator has worked have generated positive and transformational impacts according to, and as expressed by, community members and stakeholders. Community may be defined by place, culture, population, or other bond, such as concern for a particular issue. The arts administrator may have worked deeply in one community or in multiple communities.

The arts administrator’s work demonstrates excellence in practice in terms that it:
1. Is relevant to and resonant with the community/ies within which the arts administrator works.
2. For its purposes, the projects the arts administrator has worked on was available and accessible to the general public.
3. Advances a meaningful purpose.
4. Encouraged new possibilities for creative expression.
5. Demonstrates skill in and vision of execution.

- The arts administrator is committed to engaging at a national level with Americans for the Arts to advance mutual interests in deeper dialogue and discussion about the important role of public art and civic design.
- Toward the goal of cultural equity, selections over years will reflect diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship/ residency status, or religion.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the application process, join Patricia Walsh, Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager at 3:00 PM EST on Wednesday, February 3rd for an information session about the 2021 Peréz Prize in Public Art & Civic Design. Access to the webinar is free and open to all with registration. The webinar will be recorded and available for future access.

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Pre-Application Information:

The application will open on Monday, February 1, 2021, and close on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

The application process is open to anyone who meets the application requirements. Applications for the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design may be submitted by the individual seeking the award or by a third party on their behalf. Third-party nominators must work with the nominee to complete and submit the application. Only submissions received on time and through the online application process will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants will receive an update to their submission status by May 2021 once the selection of the awardee is approved.

A jury composed of representatives from Americans for the Arts, Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, the Public Art Network Advisory Council, and outside experts in public art and civic design will select the 2021 Perez Prize recipient. The recipient will be announced formally in June 2021 as part of Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.

The recipient will be required to participate in up to three activities of mutual value. One of these opportunities will be to attend the formal announcement of the 2021 Perez Prize awardee, currently scheduled for the week of June 7th, 2021 as part of the online Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Other opportunities will focus on dialogue about their work, goals, interests, and/or for mutual learning. These opportunities may include but are not limited to:
1. Presentations at conferences, training events, and other gatherings intended to enhance understanding among and influence stakeholders in arts and other sectors regarding how artists contribute to community health, vitality, and change.
2. Blogs, an article or essay, or other documentation of work supported by the Prize.

These activities are anticipated to take approximately 5-7 days of the recipients’ time from June 2021 through May 2022. The recipient’s travel expenses related to these activities will be separately covered by Americans for the Arts.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

For questions about the application process, please contact:
Patricia Walsh, Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager

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