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The Louisiana Division of the Arts, in partnership with the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, are pleased to invite nonprofit arts organizations, nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, school boards, colleges and universities, and local government agencies across Louisiana to submit a letter of interest for participation in “Making it Public,” a free 5-week virtual training series designed to equip administrators in strengthening local capacity to support, create, and promote public art.

All letters of interest will be collected on the Submittable platform and reviewed by the Louisiana Division of the Arts for inclusion in the workshop.  Selected organizations will be awarded a $10,000 grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts to create a temporary work of art in their community utilizing administrative skills learned in the workshop.

Workshop Dates:

This 5-part series will be held on Tuesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm CT beginning on August 23 and concluding on September 20, 2022.

This workshop covers practical and tactical subject matters for administrators at all stages of their career facilitating public art, such as stakeholder considerations, community engagement, preparing a call‐for‐artists, equitable selection processes, contracting, and more.

Sessions include guest public art professionals, both local and national, adding a depth of knowledge about the field of public art, the profession, and its contemporary issues. ‘Making It Public’ is facilitated by Forecast Public Art Consultant Aki Shibata on the Zoom platform.

Participant Requirements and Timeline:

Participating organizations will be asked to provide 2 staff members who can commit to fully participating in the workshop series (August-September) and conduct a Call for Public Art (October, 2022 – April, 2023). Estimated time commitment for municipal team is 40 hours total.

June 24 – July 25, 2022: Accepting Letters of Interest from Organizations through July 25, 2022.

July 26 – August 9, 2022: Review of LOIs and selection of approximately 9 organizations to participate

August 10 – 12, 2022: Chosen organizations announced. Registration opens for artists to participate in Making it Public: for Artists. Participating organizations are encouraged to share Making it Public: for Artists with artists in their region.

August 23 – September 20, 2022 (Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM): Making it Public: 5‐week intensive virtual workshop. Workshops are virtual, 90 minutes each week with an additional 30‐minute pre‐recorded video component.

September 21 – October 17, 2022: Participating organizations prepare RFQs; Admin tech assistance from Forecast Public Art

October 18 - April 2023: Admins distribute their Call for Public Art; administer selection process

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.