Arts Opportunities in the City of Moscow, ID
Below you will find active and ongoing Calls to Artists, Requests for Proposals, and Registrations for various programs with the City of Moscow Arts Department and Moscow Arts Commission. Select an opportunity from the list below to view guidelines and application requirements.
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The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission invite artists and artist teams to submit proposals for a permanent sculptural installation at the Intermodal Transit Center Sculpture Garden. This artwork will be a memorial to Andrew Thatcher Becker, a longtime Moscow resident whose advocacy for people with disabilities greatly impacted the community. Accessibility, communication, compassion, understanding, and courage were watchwords for Becker, whose spirit of inclusion infused all of his work in Moscow. After studying political science at the University of Idaho, Becker pursued activism in many forms, including teaching as well as advocacy for human rights and the rights of people with disabilities. Becker shared energy with his community at Milestone Decisions and in service to the Moscow Human Rights Task Force, City of Moscow Human Rights Commission, and the Mobility Task Force.
Artists are invited to propose an artwork that expresses Andrew Becker’s core beliefs in the dignity of all people, the equity of accessible communities, and the value of pathways both literal and figurative: smooth sidewalks to travel or communications that connect people to one another. The Intermodal Transit Center, with its proximity to the Paradise Path and its focus on multi-modal access, is the perfect place to celebrate Becker’s life and spirit.
The total amount of funding available for the piece is not to exceed $5,000. Included in this budget are the artist’s fee, travel, fabrication, engineering, materials, installation, documentation, and all other costs accrued by the artist specific to this project. This project was made possible by a gift from the family of Andrew Becker.
Artists from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah are eligible to apply for this project. Artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed.
Structural materials eligible for this project include those proven to be impervious to environmental degradation (e.g. bronze, aluminum, weathering or stainless steel) Coatings must be designed for exposure to year-round exterior conditions, and require only light maintenance (e.g. professionally-applied auto enamel, powder coating, or water tower paint). Any existing artwork or proposed design made from mild steel, wood, ceramic, or other material with the potential to degrade in the outdoor environment will not be considered. This site cannot accommodate kinetic sculptural works or those that require power or water.
Important Dates (subject to change)
November 12, 2021 Submission Deadline
January 2022 Selection Results Announced
February 2022 Artist Contract and Schedule Confirmation
May 2022 Installation
1. Letter of interest detailing the connections between the proposed design and:
- The project description
- Intermodal Transit Center Sculpture Garden
- The City of Moscow
2. Resume and References
3. Artist Statement and Biography
4. Headshot (formal portrait or in-studio photograph)
5. Web & Social Media links
OPTION 1: Completed Artwork (up to three (3) photos of a single piece)
OPTION 2: Design Proposal (up to three (3) images of a single design)
Past Work Examples (up to four (4) images total)
Artists may choose to submit materials in one of two ways: a completed sculpture or a design proposal. For those who choose to submit an already-completed work, there is no need to provide samples of past work. Artists who submit a design proposal must also provide two (2) examples of previously-completed works of a similar scale and material. These examples should evidence the artist’s or artist team’s experience with the permanent installation of three-dimensional artworks at an exterior site.
1. Dimensions of proposed design or existing artwork
2. Materials List (include a detailed list of all structural materials, finishes, and fasteners)
3. Plan for attachment of sculpture to weathering steel plate on the top of the plinth
4. Maintenance & Conservation Plan
1. Artist Qualifications
Artists or design teams should ideally have:
- Experience with design and fabrication.
- The ability to communicate effectively in a timely manner.
- A record of adhering to project and/or assignment budgets and schedules.
- Experience working with design professionals and/or collaborative group work situations.
2. Conceptual Quality and Originality
- The artist presents a compelling concept.
- The proposed design or finished artwork is original to the presenting artist.
- The design or finished artwork is unique (i.e. edition of one), rather than a mass-produced item.
- The proposed design or finished artwork reveals mastery of formal craftsmanship.
- The scale of the proposed design or finished artwork is appropriate to the site.
- The colors used, if any, are chosen with an awareness of local educational institutions as well as their athletic rivals.
- The proposal aligns with the design parameters in the project description and does not present a hazard to public safety.
- The proposed artwork is made with materials suitable for the location (i.e. designed with materials impervious to environmental degradation).
- The proposed artwork is designed for resistance to theft or vandalism.
4. Content and Context
- The content of the proposed design or finished artwork aligns with the project description.
- The content of the proposed design or finished artwork is relevant to the City of Moscow’s values, culture, and people.
- The proposed design or finished artwork reflects the architectural, historical, geographical, geological, and socio-cultural context of the site.
- The proposed design or finished artwork serves to activate or enhance the intended location.
- The proposed design or finished artwork has the potential to expand the formal and conceptual range of the Public Art collection.
5. Description of Anticipated Maintenance Needs
- Maintenance needs for the artwork are described clearly and realistically.
- Maintenance needs for the artwork are not excessive in terms of labor or material investment.
- The artwork and installation plans allow for long-range conservation needs that may arise.
The Arts Program Manager will coordinate recommendation of selection panelists to the Mayor and Council. MAC will consider the guidelines hereinbelow, requests by individuals, and staff recommendations. Each Selection Panel member serves through the completion of one (1) public art project.
Selection Panel members shall serve at the appointment of the Mayor. Selection Panel will be comprised of at least the following:
1. Voting members:
- Participating department representative or designee (1)
- Moscow Council member or designee (1)
- MAC members (2)
- Community representative, preferably from project impact area (1)
- Artist not involved with the respective Capital Improvement project
2. Non-voting members:
- Arts Department Staff (Selection Panel facilitation)
No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed. MAC members shall declare a conflict of interest if a project comes before the Selection Panel from which he/she or the household or business could financially benefit. MAC members shall also declare a conflict of interest if a person with whom he/she shares a household or whom he/she professionally represents has a matter to be considered by Selection Panel. Such person shall recuse themselves from any participation in any process for the project the Selection Panel is considering. No member of the project’s architect or landscape architect, interior designer, or engineering firm may apply for a public art project being designed by that firm.
Selection Panel Procedures and Responsibilities
1. Moscow Arts Program Manager will hold an orientation for the Selection Panel. The orientation may include a presentation of works currently in the public art collection, review of program guidelines, orientation to the specific project; and/or a review of any goals already established by the participating department and the Moscow Arts Program Manager and MAC.
2. Review all submissions pertaining to the public art project using the published criteria.
3. Approve all recommendations by a majority vote of the full Selection Panel.
4. The Selection Panel will make recommendations on finalists and their work to the Arts Program Manager. MAC members on the Selection Panel will report the Panel’s recommendation to the Commission during a regular meeting, after which the MAC will vote to recommend an action on the project to City Council.
5. The Arts Program Manager will then generate a project report to present to the Mayor and Council for final approval.
6. The City reserves the option of making no recommendation from submitted applications and may require reopening of the competition or may propose other methods of selection, if no proposal is accepted.
7. The Selection Panel must always adhere to the requirements of Moscow City Code Title 5, Chapter 18.
About Moscow, ID
Moscow is settled on the rolling hills of the Palouse, a rich landscape long inhabited by the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people indigenous to the region. Nez Perce culture remains an important presence on the Palouse, both on tribal lands and in relationship with public and private entities around the region. The Nimiipuu tribe’s educational and cultural outreach includes partnerships with the University of Idaho and displays of tribal artifacts at the City of Moscow’s Third Street Gallery and the Clearwater River Casino’s Cultural Walk.
The City of Moscow was incorporated on July 12, 1887, and its modern history is rooted in agriculture; the surrounding region produces top-quality wheat and pulses. The presence of farming in the community goes far beyond commerce, however, as grain silos and other architectural features announce agricultural endeavor as part of the community’s aesthetic identity.
Moscow is home to the University of Idaho, a land grant institution established in 1889. School spirit influences the atmosphere of the city, imbuing it with the balance of gravitas and celebration that characterizes educational experience. University arts programs like the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Prichard Art Gallery have greatly contributed to Moscow’s identity as a cultural center, and the City of Moscow Arts Department is proud to partner with these and other community arts groups to foster artistic excellence.
Moscow is rich not only in visual and performing arts events, but also in recreational and culinary opportunities. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the Palouse landscape at recreational features like Moscow Mountain and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, followed by tastes of the region at area restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
A balance of educational, industrial, recreational, and agricultural endeavors defines the region, so the City of Moscow Arts Department works to meet multifaceted needs. The public art program aims to reflect the diversity of Moscow by fostering the relationship between different cultural forces in the community. Whether part of the University, business community, or the agricultural tradition, the City of Moscow Arts Department partners value the arts as a way to drive economic development and civic identity.
The City of Moscow Arts Department’s mission is to enrich the community by celebrating and cultivating the expressions of all art forms and culture. It has fostered artistic excellence and public access to the arts in the city for many years. The program’s focus areas are fourfold: curation of community exhibition space at the Third Street Gallery inside City Hall, arts events and programming, arts and culture education, and a comprehensive public art program.
Guided by a Public Art Master Plan adopted in 2015, the public art collection is ever-expanding, with artistic direction crafted in collaboration between city staff and the Moscow Arts Commission, a passionate group of volunteer arts advocates. The collection is comprised of both temporary and permanent features, each of which are pictured on the City of Moscow website. Temporary artworks include vinyl-wrapped utility boxes and bus shelters as well as a sculpture garden featuring artworks on loan to the City. Artworks in the permanent collection range from mosaic murals and sculptures-in-the-round to framed pieces in the Portable Collection. Each new piece in the permanent collection joins others by celebrated regional artists including Harold Balazs, David Govedare, Miles Pepper, Robert Horner, Melissa Cole, Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei. Moscow is a community rich with diversity of thought, inhabited by minds open to possibility and creative interpretation. As such, the public art program not only celebrates the artist as a professional and valued business partner, but also welcomes a broad range of appearances, media, and art-making processes into its collection.
To learn more about the City of Moscow's Public Art program, visit https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/218/Public-Art.
The MACtivities Toolbox was created during 2020 as a way to connect with community and creativity during a time of social distancing. The program provides art supply and curriculum toolboxes to community members free-of-charge. Lessons included are designed for three different age groups and provide space for creative inquiry while maintaining alignment with National Core Art Standards.
Arts education is a key component of the Moscow Arts Commission’s service to the community. The MACtivities program, with features such as the MACtivities Toolbox, fosters enthusiasm for the creative process as well as focused approaches to art elements and principles. These lessons weave art-making strategies into the fabric of the community’s daily life.
If selected, the arts educator will:
- Complete a contract with the City of Moscow stipulating project timeline, scope of work, and payment schedule.
- Write copy for a guidebook and lessons for age groups 5-7, 8-12, and 13+.
- Provide detailed standards alignment for each lesson.
- Recommend a set of materials to support lessons for all age groups, including links to specific products and vendors whenever possible.
The honorarium for each selected arts educator or team is $600 and will be paid upon completion of the full scope of work. The City of Moscow Arts Department will be responsible for design, printing costs, and purchase of the required art supplies.
This opportunity is open to arts educators 18 years of age or older who live in Latah County, Nez Perce County, Asotin County, Whitman County, or are Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members. Arts educators are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Arts educator teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. No person sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed.
- Contact information, biography, and resume.
- Letter of interest (limited to two pages) that includes:
o A broad description of the activity to be presented
o Overview of materials required to complete lessons
o Modifications for each of the age groups.
o Possible adaptations to facilitate ADA accessibility
o List of National Core Arts Standards to be addressed by the proposed activity.
Selection Process & Criteria
A selection panel comprised of MAC members, City of Moscow staff, arts educators, and community members will review each applicant’s materials. The MAC shall identify individuals to serve on the selection panel and will formalize the roster with a majority vote during a regular meeting. Arts educators and curriculum proposals will be selected based upon the consensus of the selection panel.
2 – Moscow Arts Commission Members
1 – Community Artist
1 – K-12 Educator
1 – University-level Art Education Student
Arts Staff (Selection Panel facilitation)
Each submission will be scored according to the following criteria:
- The arts educator’s work experience and/or current area of study indicates the ability to complete the work in a professional manner.
- The proposed activity has the potential to appeal to a broad range of community members.
- The materials required for the activity are reasonably affordable.
- The proposed activity is age-appropriate.
- The proposal contains viable adaptations to ensure ADA accessibility.
- The proposal contains accurate alignment with National Core Arts Standards.
Selection Timeline (subject to change)
September 15 – October 29, 2021 Submission period
November 1 - 12, 2021 Selection panel deliberation & recommendation
November 15 - 24, 2021 Educator selection announcement and contract completion
January 2022 Lesson and guidebook copy due to Arts Department
February 2022 Design proofs to educators for final review
March – June 2022 Production & Release of MACtivities Toolboxes
This online resource connects the public with visual, literary, and performing artists and is a valuable resource for the community. Sharing your contact information is not required to be included in this Directory, though providing some details will help the public connect with you.