Two of the greatest resources that our community has is its people and their creativity. The Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking ideas from our community visual artists, performing artists, musicians, lecturers, and art professionals at every stage of their careers to submit proposals for our Community Creates Initiatives.

Two to three initiatives will be chosen for execution each year. The goal is to use these projects to facilitate civic engagement through art. Historic, environmental, cultural, functional, urban design, and aesthetic aspects of our Island are good starting points to consider for proposal submissions. Projects should be well-researched, planned, and feasible. Although not limited to the categories below, potential projects may fall into one of these examples:

  • Creation of temporary art, sculptural or visual installations
  • Amenities for residents or visitors, such as benches or bike racks
  • Performances such as pathway or traveling performers, music, dance, theater or performance art
  • Loan of existing work, such as sculpture or assemblages
  • Murals
  • Environmental works
  • Donations of art for the permanent public art collection
  • School or class projects
  • Organizational Collaborations

Indoor projects must include a letter of partnership from the location. Outdoor projects should consist of proposed materials that are durable and require minimal maintenance in an outdoor setting. All construction, installation, and de-installation methods must be safe for public interaction. All works and performances must be suitable for all ages and audiences. Please note that funds are limited and complete and accurate budgets must be submitted with proposals.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via the webform on this site. Emails, calls, and mailed proposals will not be accepted. All proposals submitted by September 1st will be considered for the current fiscal year. Proposals submitted after September 1st will be reviewed in the following fiscal year.

Submission Guidelines

Artist Submissions must include the following materials:

  1. Title of work
  2. Official Artist Statement. The artist statement should include a few sentence summarizing the submission and artistic approach. Please write in third person as this will be used for PR.
  3. Summary sentence of the proposed project. Please limit to one sentence.
  4. Contact information for all team members including email, phone and address.
  5. 100 word bios for all team leads.
  6. A written narrative describing your proposed project. What is it and why? (250 word max)
  7. List of materials and step by step execution plan and timeline. If a performance please list technical requirements and any load-in and strike details.
  8. Detailed budget showing how much the complete project will cost including materials and artist’s fees. Artist will be required to provide any machinery or tools needed.

Visual Artists (mural/sculpture/mixed media/photography): submit at least two sketches/renderings showing scale, dimensions, and elevation of the proposed project; and four images of previous work of similar recent artworks. Accompany each work sample image with a description, date and location.

Performing Artists/Musicians: submit four work samples via URL to an online source. Accompany each work sample URL with a description, date and location.

Your proposal will not be considered if it does not meet these guidelines. 

Community Creates Application
Please refer to the submission requirements listed on the page. All files must be uploaded as 1 PDF <10MB. Incomplete submission will not be considered so please review closely.


Evaluation Criteria


  • Is the artwork/performance original?
  • Does it fit in with the island character?


  • Is the budget reasonable?
  • Is the timeline reasonable?
  • Does the artist have experience to support the execution of the proposal?
  • Is the location reasonable? Are there any safety concerns?
  • Is the content appropriate for the general public?

Artistic Merit

  • Is the project artistically engaging and stimulating?
  • Do the work samples and renderings support the proposal?

Community Engagement

  • How does the proposed work engage a local audience?
  • Does the proposal consider the needs of diverse demographics?
  • Does the proposal consider ADA requirements if necessary?
  • Is it site specific? Interactive? Require volunteers?