Scottsdale Public Art

Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Fire Station 612 Project

Application Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MST (AZ))

Total Project Budget: $83,000


Scottsdale Public Art is accepting qualifications from artists for a permanent public art opportunity located at Fire Station 612 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Up to three finalists will be selected and paid a $1,500.00 stipend to do an in-person site visit and interview (subject to change due to pandemic restrictions). The final selected artist will create a permanent art installation at the site. Artists working in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico; United States, who have experience designing, fabricating, and installing projects with a similar budget and scope, are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by Monday, November 14, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MST (AZ))


Scottsdale Public Art is seeking to contract with an Artist to design, fabricate, and install artistic features at Fire Station 612. Fire Station 612 will be located near Hayden Road and the Loop 101 Freeway in Scottsdale, Arizona. This new fire station is being built to improve response times in the area, which has seen an explosive growth of residential and commercial properties. Funding for this project was approved by Scottsdale voters as part of the 2019 bond election.

Public Art Scope and Project Description:

The scope for this public art project focuses on the selected Artist designing, engineering, fabricating, and installing exterior art panels, with the potential for other artistic features, at Fire Station 612. The panels will be architecturally integrated into the façade of the building; coordination with the project Architect is required. Panels should provide varying degrees of screening/privacy for the areas behind. The theming and style of the artwork is open to the artist’s input; however, the setting and usage of this Scottsdale site should be considered.

Any work at the site that would require a contractor or design professional, besides the artist selected, and must be completed by a contractor or design professional licensed in the state of Arizona.

Selection Process

An artist selection panel will be convened to evaluate all submissions and select artist finalists for interviews. Pending interviews, one artist and an alternate will be selected for the project. Finalists will receive a $1,500.00 stipend to cover expenses associated with the in-person site visit and interview. A proposal is not required from finalists selected for interviews.

Selection criteria include the applicant’s professional qualifications, proven ability to complete projects of a similar scope, artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials, and demonstrated ability to work with government agencies and stakeholders in the creation of site enhancements for a public art project.

The selected project artist will be recommended by the selection panel for approval by the Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, based on the review of images and other application materials. The Advisory Board approves art concepts and the project scope and budget, thereby allowing the artist creative license within the established project plan. Contract and project plan are to be negotiated with Scottsdale Public Art. The Advisory Board reserves the right to reject any or all applications.

Scottsdale Public Art

In 1985, Scottsdale adopted a one percent for art ordinance and established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal of enhancing the quality of life afforded to area residents and visitors. Scottsdale Public Art seeks to incorporate the highest quality art in Scottsdale's public places to enhance the city's cultural and artistic identity and presence. Public art in Scottsdale is meant to combine a spirited perspective of traditional and new iconographies as well as celebrate and invigorate the vitality of public life.

Scottsdale Public Art advocates, promotes, and enables the integration of the work and ideas of artists into many facets of planning, design, and building in the community. Public art effectively invites community participation at all phases, from artist selection to dedication.

Scottsdale Public Art is managed by Scottsdale Arts, a private, nonprofit management organization that administers the arts and cultural affairs of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, and manages Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is the major resort center of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Although not all of the local major resorts are located in the city, Scottsdale contains the core of specialty shopping, art galleries, recreational facilities, and many of the cultural and sporting events that attract and sustain the local tourism industry. Because of the lack of services in most areas adjacent to the city, Scottsdale’s retail centers, parks, employment centers, and libraries are heavily used by residents outside of the city. The high quality of the visual environment and character areas in the city is an important component of maintaining the tourism industry and civic framework.


Subject to change, depending on a variety of factors:

  • Monday, November 14, 2022 — Deadline for response to RFQ (11:59 p.m. MST (AZ))
  • December 2022 — January 2023 — Finalist notifications, interviews
  • February 2023 — Artist selection and contract development
  • March — September 2023 — Design and approval
  • October 2023— March 2024 — Fabrication, site prep, and installation
  • April 2024 — Project complete


All artists residing in and working in the state of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico; United States, are eligible to apply. Scottsdale Public Art supports diversity and inclusion in all public art calls.

Application Delivery

Applications are being accepted via the website.

Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process.

All materials submitted become the property of Scottsdale Public Art.

Submission Requirements:

•    Digital Images: up to 6 digital images of previously completed artwork.

•    Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV), including artist  address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member.

•    References: 2 professional references for you.

•    Statement(s) of Intent: Address how the applicant’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful public art project.

For Further Information

All questions regarding this request for qualifications are to be directed to Victoria Sajadi, Public Art Coordinator, Scottsdale Public Art, at Please include artist name and contact information in all correspondence.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Collaborative Community Engagement Program (CCEP) is a program that gives support and a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work. CCEP revolves around executing a public, ticketed performance in collaboration with teams at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Mentorship will be given to projects in the areas of marketing, ticketing, production, and administrative support. This program is designed to have a low-risk budget model with a public performance presented by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Projects that foster diversity in thought, fill community needs, and spread awareness of cultural heritage will be valued highly. One to two projects will be selected each year. CCEP projects will be programmed through an application process open to independent artists, producers, nonprofit organizations, and producing collectives based in Arizona.

Application Process:

Phase One:

Phase One of the CCEP application is on a rolling basis, on the first of the month. Applicants will be notified by the end of the month if they are selected for Phase Two. 

Phase Two:

Projects that are selected for Phase Two will be notified of the selection timeline within 30 days. Phase Two projects are reviewed by a public panel biannually. Final projects selected will be scheduled no less than three months in advance of the performance.

For questions regarding CCEP, contact Diandra Adamczyk, senior programming coordinator

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation offers programs and experiences to inspire the hearts and minds of our diverse community. One of Learning & Innovation's most expansive programs, Cultural Connections Through the Arts, offers a broad range of school residencies to support classroom curriculum and to elevate aspiring artists to the next level. We are seeking artists and/or educators to lead classroom-based poetry and spoken word residency services.

Service Summary

Artist-educator will lead weeklong, in-school residencies for English language arts classes for grades 6-10 with goals of inspiring students to write, encouraging a deeper level of understanding of and appreciation for poetry’s usages, and, ultimately, helping them to break down barriers and build communities through stories.

Each residency is an independently contracted service. Services may begin as early as September 2021 and extend through May 2022. Residencies are typically formatted five days (one week) with one hour per day, per class. The number of classrooms served will vary by school. Residency service dates can be flexible based upon the availability of the teaching artist and classroom teacher(s). The teaching artist should be prepared to provide a structured lesson plan on each date of service.


Artist must be able to:

  • Travel throughout Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale.
  • Obtain an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card through State of Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  • Educate and engage students in a classroom setting.
  • Be consistent and reliable.
  • Follow all health and safety guidelines as set by local school districts and Scottsdale Arts while performing contracted duties.


  • Artist will be paid for residency services at a rate of $55 per hour.
  • Additional preparation hours are included.
  • Approved supplies will be purchased or reimbursed.
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