Submission Deadline: June 19, 2017 
Budget: $10,000 

Civic Practice is a project that investigates artist-led projects in the community, commissioned by City government. The project is led by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE). The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia (the Fund) will serve as the fiscal administrator and contracting entity.

Civic Practice is rooted in the belief that meaningful public art begins with the thoughtful engagement of local communities in collaboration with artists. From 2015–2016, the OACCE partnered with Creative Time’s Artistic Director Nato Thompson to convene a National Task Force to discuss best practices in government / artist collaborations. Topics focused on how government has, could, and should work with: Community Organizations, CDCs, Presenting Organizations, and Artists. The findings were akin to community development and organizing, with methods specific to the arts.

The next step of Civic Practice is to commission a Pilot Project, for which we can offer a budget of $10,000. The neighborhood identified for this the project is the West Philadelphia Promise Zone Neighborhood (described further below). The OACCE has identified the Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) as the designated community partners. Their cooperation helps to ensure an authentic partnership with the local community. Civic Practice is funded by a Discovery Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

To view the submission requirements and other guidelines, please refer to the full Call for Artists prospectus: Civic Practice-Call to Artists