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Public Art - Call for Artists

Artist Registry
Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (10:59pm Pacific Time)

Applications must be submitted online through the CaFÉ™ website.

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites visual artists to submit an application to the new Alameda County Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Public art opportunities will include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of budgets and will be appropriate for artists working in a variety of materials and styles. The Artist Registry will be primarily used to commission visual artists to create new artwork, however, there may be opportunities to purchase or license existing artwork. Artists interested in being considered for public art opportunities with the Alameda County Arts Commission during the next 3 - 4 years should apply. Artists who were accepted into a previous Artist Registry with the County must reapply in order to be considered for public art projects with Alameda County. The new Alameda County Artist Registry will include over 200 artists creating a wide range of artwork. Open to artists from 14 counties of the greater Bay Area.

Click on Opportunities for more information. See the complete Call for Artists for full details.

Art Banners in Castro Valley

Castro Valley Boulevard is now lined with new art banners created by Alameda County artists. The artwork was created by four Alameda County artists whose artwork is also featured on utility boxes throughout Castro Valley. The installation of the art banners was made possible through a partnership between the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Economic & Civic Development Department (ECD) and is part of the ECD’s Streetlight Pole Banner Program in Castro Valley. The banners can be viewed along Castro Valley Boulevard beginning at Strobridge Avenue through Market Place, past Crow Canyon Road. To learn more, click here.

Public Art Guide for Castro Valley

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to announce a new Public Art Guide for Castro Valley. Learn more about the new art banners along Castro Valley Boulevard and the Utility Box Art Program as well as other public art projects throughout the community. View the guide here.

Online Virtual Exhibition Series

The Alameda County Arts Commission has launched a new virtual exhibition series to share online versions of 2020 and 2021 exhibitions scheduled to be presented in the Alameda County Administration Building in Oakland. Currently, the building is temporarily closed to ensure the health and safety of the public and County staff. The online exhibition series includes exhibitions by the African-American Quilt Guild of Oakland, East Bay Heritage Quilters, the Oakland Art Association and the Tri-Valley Conservancy. To learn more and view the exhibitions, click here.

Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

The Alameda County Arts Commission wants to keep the arts community informed with up-to-date information, resources and opportunities for support for artists, arts organizations, and the arts sector. Click on the links below for more information.

Americans for the Arts
Federal Arts Advocacy

California Arts Council
Grant Opportunities, News and Resources

Californians for the Arts
News, Resources and Events

California Arts Advocates
Arts Advocacy

Create CA
Arts Education Advocacy

Public Art Program in Ashland and San Lorenzo

The County of Alameda is working on corridor improvement projects along East 14th St in Ashland and Hesperian Blvd in San Lorenzo. The intent of the projects is to make the streets safer for people walking, biking, and driving, to revitalize and beautify the corridors, and increase community pride. The Alameda County Arts Commission is working alongside the County's Public Works Agency to include public artwork in these two projects.

To learn the latest updates about the Public Art Program for the East 14th Street Corridor Improvement Project, click here.

To learn the latest updates about the Public Art Program for the Hesperian Blvd Corridor Improvement Project, click here.

Public Art Program at the Cherryland Community Center

The County of Alameda is building a new community center in the unincorporated community of Cherryland. The Alameda County Arts Commission is working alongside the County’s General Services Agency to include public artwork in the project.

To learn the latest updates about the Public Art Program for the Cherryland Community Center, click here.

Utility Box Art Program

The Alameda County Arts Commission launched the Utility Box Art Program for the unincorporated area of Alameda County. The program was first launched as a related component to the Community Identifier Projects. Phase One focused on the utility boxes close to the three Community Identifier Projects in Ashland/Cherryland, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo.

Phase Two of the Utility Box Art Program focused on placing art designs on 40 County-controlled utility boxes in the unincorporated community of Castro Valley. Phase Two features a group of professional artists providing a series of 5-6 designs related in style and theme. The designs were printed on vinyl, which wrap the utility boxes. The Utility Box Art Program is managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission and the program is funded by the Alameda County Public Works Agency.


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