Call to Artists Now Open for Avondale Activations

ArtWorks Youth Apprentices work in Avondale. Photo by Carlynne Welch, Bergette Photography


ArtWorks as a longstanding partner with the Avondale community is partnering with the Avondale Development Corporation and numerous community organizations invested in Avondale to empower local Youth Apprentices (ages 14-21) and Professional Artists to enliven the neighborhood with light-based interactive public art installations along a walking and bike trail. The outcomes of this project will be physical activations that address themes outlined in the Avondale Quality of Life Plan focusing on themes of Safety and Preserving Neighborhood Cultural Heritage.

To accomplish this work, ArtWorks is seeking Artists to respond to Request for Proposals (RFPs) from now through Dec. 6, 2019. 

Avondale Activations: Request for Proposals

Step 1: Review materials

Download the RFP materials.

  1. RFP Overview (PDF)
  2. Artist Submission Template (PPT)

This work will fall within the Avondale’s Quality of Life Plan Vision: “Avondale is a proud, resilient community with a rich culture and history of African American change-makers and community –builders. The community is safe and healthy, and everyone shares in its success. Families and individuals – young and old – are recognized as the backbone of the community, finding strength together, they are vested in Avondale’s bright future. Avondale residents work together with community and institutional partners to build a safe, healthy, equitable neighborhood where all can prosper.”

Step 2: Let us know your interest

Complete the brief Artist information form.

Avondale Activations - Fall 2019

  • Personal Information

  • Please list your given name.
  • Please indicate your preferred name if different from your given name.
  • If applicable.
  • Please list a phone number that is best to reach you, either a landline or mobile.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Social Media

    Let us know how you learned about this program.
  • Demographic Info

    Providing your demographic information helps ArtWorks in our reporting to our funders.
  • Choose All That Apply

Step 3: Submit your proposal

Complete and submit the attached PowerPoint template. The deadline is Dec. 6, 2019.

Each proposal should include a budget breakdown that is within $10,000 – $15,000 as a total project budget to complete your concept. Total budget should include artist fees, materials and supplies, fabrication, and installation. Between 2 and 4 awards will be granted by ArtWorks and the Avondale Activations Committee.

About This Program

This project is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. ArtWorks, Avondale Community Partners, and the City of Cincinnati have been the sole recipients of the Our Town 2019-2020 grant in the state of Ohio.


Contact Linnea Gartin at or at 513.333.0388.

About ArtWorks

Since 1996, ArtWorks has been transforming people and places through investments in creativity. The organization is a workforce development and job-training program where art is the vehicle that trains and employs local youth and professional talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks has hired over 3,500 youth and 3,000 professional artists who have completed over 12,000 public and private art projects. ​