By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Repoter
Six Valley cities are looking for artists to produce new temporary and portable public art installation and performances.
The In Flux Cycle 9 program includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Peoria, Glendale and Chandler as well as the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
The cities have issued requests for proposals for temporary public artworks. Artists submissions are due Sept. 20.
Chandler wants to bring new art installations to its downtown area along Arizona Avenue near Boston and Chicago streets. The East Valley city wants to bring more restaurants and real estate development to the area.
Scottsdale’s plans for the program include new public art near the Miller Plaza shopping center at Miller and Indian School roads as well as long Scottsdale Road.
Tempe is looking at locating new sculptures at Tempe Beach Park. Peoria and Glendale plan on locating new, temporary installations at libraries and city hall, respectively.
Phoenix is still determining four locations for the program.
Artists in the program will receive grants between $5,000 and $10,000.
Public art has become increasingly important in economic development efforts as well as commercial real estate developments.
Technology, creative and other companies looking at areas for jobs and site selection increasingly consider a city or region’s cultural and artistic assets.
Developers have also incorporated more public art into their designs as they approach cities and elected officials for approvals.