Call Detail
Inspiration Point Park

Entry Deadline: 3/13/23
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 6
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 7
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Colorado
Budget: $23,000


Public Art Project

Inspiration Point Park

Budget: Approximately $23,000.00 USD

Eligibility: Open to artists or artist teams residing in the state of Colorado

DEADLINE: Monday, March 13th, 2023, 11:59 pm MST



The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create original public artwork(s), for Inspiration Point Park in Denver, CO. A 10-member selection panel of community representatives, arts and design professionals, and civic leaders has been assembled to identify art opportunities, and to select and recommend an artist or artist team for this project. The selection panel has identified a site in Inspiration Point Park for a potential artwork(s) for the allocated total budget of approximately $23,000.00 USD.

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the land Denver’s Public Art Collection occupies - - land where we stand, live, work and learn - - is the traditional territory of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples. We also recognize the 48 contemporary tribal nations that are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado. Our nation was founded upon and continues to enact exclusions and erasures of Indigenous Peoples. May this acknowledgement demonstrate a commitment to dismantling ongoing legacies of oppression and inequities, as we intentionally honor and celebrate the Indigenous communities in our city and express our gratitude for their ongoing and significant contributions. Let’s not forget that this land was theirs long before we made it ours.

Inspiration Point Park Neighborhood

The Inspiration Point Park neighborhood is in the larger Berkeley-Regis area northwest of downtown Denver. The neighborhood was named for the 25.5-acre park located at 49th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in the heart of the neighborhood. Regis and Berkeley are bounded by Jefferson County to the north and west, and are well-established neighborhoods featuring large residential areas. The latest population as of 2019 was estimated at 1,033.

Inspiration Point Park

The historic park sits at an elevation of 5,415 feet and provides incredible views of nearly 200 miles of the Rocky Mountain Front Range and the entire City of Denver. The park's beginnings were the vision of writer Charles Mulford Robinson who, inspired by the City Beautiful Movement, proposed the idea of a vista point from which to view the growing city to the east and the Front Range to the west. The park was completed in 1910 by city planner George Kessler and visited by tourists via the See Denver streetcar tour, which included a 45-minute stop at the park. In 1941, the Colorado Historical Society commemorated the park with a plaque dedicated to Lewis Ralston, a prospector of European descent from the state of Georgia, who discovered gold in nearby Clear Creek. From the 1950s onward, Inspiration Point Park was a hub of community activity, including a project by the Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire), who planted trees at the park.

In 2017, improvements to the park began as part of a bond-funded effort approved by Denver voters. These improvements were completed in early 2022 and included a new playground, enhanced picnic sites, an improved western overlook, and a restored historic wall. Today, many nearby residents as well as visitors enjoy the park’s majestic and inspiring views, with word quickly spreading across the City and County of Denver.

Goals, Site, Media & Materials

The selection panel members have set forth specific goals and parameters for this public art project with the hope of creating unique and inspiring works of art for users of the park.


The panel is invested in cultural diversity and local history and aspires to create a gathering space that is inclusive, accessible and welcoming. Artwork should be interactive, with the ability to be enjoyed by multiple generations. Given the name of the park, artists should explore the idea of "inspiration" by creating artworks that spark wonder, delight and joy. The artwork should enhance the natural beauty of the park and invite visitors to "take their time." It should allow for a moment of physical, mental and emotional respite to appreciate and respect the surrounding natural world. The panel is interested in inviting artists to apply who are new to public artwork and the public art process, particularly muralists who hope to shift toward sculptural work.


The panel has identified a potential site for public art, at a gathering space between the parking lot and the western outlook, at the end of a crusher-fine pathway that includes two concrete benches. Park visitors can also view the site from the southern and northern sidewalks. The Denver city skyline is visible from this location. Selected finalists will have the opportunity for a site visit with the opportunity to meet with the art selection panel as well as Denver Public Art program staff and ask specific questions about the potential site.

Media & Materials:

Artworks could be created using diverse media including, but not limited to, sculpture, paint and mosaic applications. Sound elements should draw the attention of park users who are blind or have low vision and introduce an unexpected component to the site. Sound elements should also complement the thoughtful nature of the space. The artist should consider materials and colors that are harmonious with the Park’s native prairie species. Any lighting or other electrical needs should be solar- or wind-generated. Durability and ease of maintenance are important at these locations. Works that are engaging and help to tell the stories of the area are encouraged. The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials that are suitable for outdoor display.

Maintenance & Durability

This artwork will become a permanent addition to the Denver Public Art collection. All applicants must consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with time and budget. These projects are in the public realm and will be exposed to physical stresses, as well as being subject to potential vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. Finalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal. Artist proposals awarded contracts will be reviewed by the City and County of Denver’s Public Art Committee to ensure conformity with city standards of maintenance and durability, as well as ADA standards. All finalists are expected to stay on budget and to complete work in an approved time frame.

Applying for these opportunities

In response to this RFQ, applicants will be asked to submit the following items via (CaFÉ™).

  1. Six digital images of past work
  2. Résumé
  3. Statement of interest no longer than 2,000 characters

From these applications, the selection panel will choose three to five finalists who will create site-specific proposals and be interviewed in person or virtually. Artists will be paid an honorarium for this work. Artists/teams selected as finalists will be required to submit a Diversity & Inclusiveness Form for their proposals to be considered, which will be provided upon notification. As directed by Executive Order 101, this form must be submitted for all city solicitations of proposals. Denver Arts & Venues Public Art program staff can provide guidance on filling out this form.

Based on the interview and proposal, an artist or artist team will be selected for this commission. The selected artist or artist team will work with Denver Public Art program staff, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR), and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) when finalizing their designs for installation.


The budget for this commission is approximately $23,000.00 USD which will be allocated to the artist/team selected. These funds come from the City of Denver’s 1% Percent for Public Art Ordinance resulting from improvements made to the Inspiration Point Park project. This contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees such as structural engineering consultation, insurance (including Colorado Workers Compensation), tools, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, any building or site modification required, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs. For all work done on city property, prevailing wage requirements will be applied.


(Except for online application deadline, timeline is subject to adjustments)

  • Monday, March 13th, 11:59 P.M. MST - Deadline for entry (via CaFÉ™ system)
  • April 2023 - Finalist Selection
  • May 2023 - Selected Artist or Artist Team Notification

Project Selection Panel

According to Denver’s Public Art policy, the project selection panel plays an active role in the commission and acquisition of public art for Denver. The Inspiration Point Park art selection panel is comprised of 10 voting members and additional non-voting advisors. The selection panel is responsible for reviewing the site, establishing criteria for a request for qualifications, reviewing applications, selecting and interviewing finalists, and finally for selecting an artist or artist team for the commission. 

Selection Process

  1. Three to five artists/artist teams will be selected as finalists. Those selected will receive more specific information regarding the sites and have the opportunity to meet with community members from the art selection panel, Denver Public Art Program staff, Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR), and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI). The finalists will receive an honorarium to prepare a proposal and present it in person or virtually.
  2. The selection panel will review the proposals, interview the finalists and recommend an artist/artist team for the commission.
  3. The final recommendation of the selection panel will be presented to the Public Art Committee, the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, and the mayor of Denver for final approval.

All decisions of the City and County of Denver are final.

Application Requirements

Materials to be Submitted

Please read this section carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted.

All materials must be submitted online, via the CaFÉ™ website ( There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.

Digital Images

In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit six digital images of previously completed artworks through the online CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic, sound or media works must submit a complete CaFÉ™ application and will have the opportunity to upload one video file.

IMPORTANT: if submitting audio or video files, do not use them as your very first image. They must be submitted last in your image sequence.

Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ™ specifications can be found at

Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available here:

If an artist does not have access to a computer, s/he/they may call 720-865-5576 to make arrangements to use a computer at Denver Arts & Venues. 

To request this RFQ in an alternate format (such as Braille, large print, or accessible electronic format) please contact To request this RFQ in a different language, please contact

Statement of Interest

Please submit a brief statement (2,000-character maximum) outlining the following:

  • Your interest in the Inspiration Point Park project
  • Your design approach and experience working on projects of this kind
  • Please also include information on your experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders


Submit a one to two-page current résumé via CaFÉ™ that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist. Please name your résumé file accordingly: Last name.First initial (i.e. Smith.J.pdf).  Résumés that are more than two pages will not be downloaded. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé with no more than one page per team member.


Applicants will also be required to fill out a short demographic survey that will be sent to the email on file from the CaFÉ™ application.


Applicants who are selected to be finalists will be required to provide three professional references.

Meg Pursell, Public Art Program Administrator,, 720-865-5576

Denver Public Art is also hosting a virtual pre-application meeting on Wednesday, February 15th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for interested applicants. The meeting will cover project backgrounds and goals, and the application process for these two Requests for Qualifications: Inspiration Point Park and the Montbello Outdoor Learning Center. Attendees will also get information on through which artists may apply. This event will be hosted on Zoom. Interested applicants are asked to register to get information on how to join prior to the event. If you cannot attend, a recording will be available on the Denver Arts & Venues Vimeo channel.

Eligibility Criteria

Who May Apply

This project is open to artists that reside in the state of Colorado. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to building a public art collection that represents a broad diversity of artists and encourages applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities including artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/x, People of Color (BILPOC), people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, Two-Spirit+ (LGBTQIA2S+) communities. Denver Arts & Venues also encourages applicants at various stages in their career and applicants practicing a variety of artistic disciplines.

Can a team apply?

Applicants may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaborative group.  If applying as a team, please submit one résumé for the team, with no more than one page per team member.