Current Artist Opportunities
The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture seeks an artist or artist team to create an artwork for the Whittier Aquatic Center, scheduled to open in Summer, 2022. There are two possible locations for the artwork: (1) the concrete bleacher design; or (2) hanging entrance sculpture. Artists can apply for one or both of the locations. Only a single proposal for one of the locations will be selected for the final project.
El Departamento de Artes y Cultura del Condado de Los Ángeles solicita un artista o equipo de artistas para crear una obra de arte para el Centro Acuático de Whittier, el cual está programado para abrir sus puertas en julio de 2022. Esta RFP es el primer paso de un proceso que consiste de dos pasos. En esta fase, los solicitantes presentarán sus cualificaciones para ser evaluados por el comité de selección. En el segundo paso, a tres artistas preseleccionados por el comité se les pedirá que desarrollen propuestas y las presenten al comité. Los artistas pueden concursar para una o ambas oportunidades. Se seleccionará solo una propuesta y ubicación para el proyecto definitivo
The Civic Art Program also maintains a Resource List of Prequalified Artists which is one of multiple ways that we approach hiring artists. The Resource List is open for application every two to three years. By joining our email list, you will be sure to receive a Call to Artists when the application is open.
Contracting with LA County
If artwork proposal and design are selected, artist will be required to enter into a contract with the County of Los Angeles. Because the artwork will be located on public property, and because the County of Los Angeles is a public entity subject to laws, rules, and regulations which are not necessarily applicable to private persons or companies, the Department of Arts and Culture has prepared a form agreement for use in connection with artwork commissioned for the Civic Art Program. If artist is selected, the artist acknowledges that he/she is willing and able to enter into a contract in the form made available on the Department of Arts and Culture's website. The Department of Arts and Culture reserves the right to revise or change its form agreement at any time, for any reason, and to require artists to use the revised form for contracting purposes.
If you are awarded a contract with Los Angeles County, you will be responsible per the contract for all taxes, including but not limited to sales tax and use tax. Note, however, that you may benefit from certain tax exemptions relating to public art. For more information, please see: http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/L160.pdf, and contact an attorney or tax professional. You can also call the California State Board of Equalization Information Center at 800-400-7115 (TDD/TTY 800-735-2929). Staff are available from 8:00PM to 5:00PM, Pacific time, Monday – Friday, except state holidays. THIS IS NOT TAX ADVICE. DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE STAFF ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO RENDER TAX ADVICE. CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY OR TAX PROFESSIONAL BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING TAXES YOU MAY OWE AS A RESULT OF YOUR CONTRACT WITH LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
Community Engagement Resources
Public art practice is increasingly expected to connect the community, activate space, transform experiences, and inform the final artwork—manifesting and characterized loosely as
public engagement. The following resources are for artists and administrators who wish to fill their public engagement toolkit. These materials reflect various perspectives on public engagement tactics and methodologies, ranging from arts education to social practice and community planning. It is not a finite bibliography, rather a touchstone for developing your own public engagement strategies.
Originally compiled for a roundtable session at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Preconference, June 12–15, 2003. Session facilitators: Margaret Bruning, Director of Civic Art, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Leslie Fordham, Administrator, Broward County, Florida Public Art & Design; Aliza Schiff, Public Art Project Manager, Arlington County, Virginia
- Beyond the Usuals: Ideas to Encourage Broader Public Engagement in Community Decisionmaking
- Art At Work—A national initiative to improve municipal government through strategic arts projects with municipal employees, elected officials and local artists
- Creative Artist Advancement Program Guidelines
- California Visual and Performing Arts Standards Excerpt
- Civic Engagement Planning and Design
- Civic Engagement Arts Based Community Development
- Community Arts Work Across the U.S.
- Ideas to Encourage Broader Public Engagement
- The Elements of Meaningful Participation
Resources for Vendors
- Instructions for County Vendor Number registration
- Change my Vendor Number information
- Sign up For Electronic Funds Transfer
- Where is my 1099 form?