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Temporary Public Art Signs at The Beachway

Deadline:  Friday September 10, 2021

Budget: $500, 3-5 commissions available

The City of Burlington public art program is launching a temporary art project, RE:DE(SIGN) as part of the 2021 Culture Days.  Running from September 24 – October 24, Culture Days is 4 weeks of arts and culture experiences indoors, outdoors and online. 

The public art program is commissioning artists and writers to create temporary public art signs that will be installed along The Beachway multi-use path.  In addition to commissioning 10 visual artists, the public art program will commission 3-5 writers to display their work.  This project will provide trail users with a safe and accessible way to enjoy art and to learn more about the amazing creators in our community.  Each artwork will be accompanied with a profile of the artist.

This call is open to Burlington-based writers.  This includes, but is not limited to:  poetry, short story, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting, etc.  Writers are invited to submit a short piece of writing (250 words or less) to be considered for this project.  Submissions may be from existing or newly created work.  It may be a stand-alone piece such as a poem or an excerpt from a larger piece that fits with the Culture Days theme of RE:IMAGINE (see below for more details).

Please submit the following:

  1. Writing Submission:  Submissions must be a maximum of 250 words.  Submissions may be from existing or newly created work.  It may be a stand-alone piece such as a poem or short story or an excerpt from a larger piece.
  • Artist Biography: Please provide a short (maximum 50 words) artist biography written in the third person.  If your proposal is selected, this biography will be included on your sign.

Important! Please read the full Call for Writers document before submitting your application as this contains important information about the project theme and application process. Click here to download the Call for Writers (pdf).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by clicking on the ‘Click Here to Submit’ button below. To use Submittable, you will need to register for a free account.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Kim Selman, 905-515-9334 or if you need assistance using the online application system.


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