Call Detail
Making Connections: A Peekskill Public Art Project
Entry Deadline: 2/10/23
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: New York
Jury Dates: 2/11/23 - 3/16/23
Budget: Total Budget for projects: $45000




The Peekskill Arts Alliance (PAA), with funding from the Peekskill Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), seeks proposals from professional artists or artist collectives interested in creating site-specific art installations as part of the PAA’s project “Making Connections.” Artwork will be installed at 13 locations in Peekskill, 7 of which are included in this RFP, and may be printed and/or painted on aluminum sign writing panels, walls, or vinyl banners. The 7 sites for which proposals are requested are listed below and on the CAFÉ application site. The timeline for installation of the 7 projects will be staggered, with a “grand opening” of this and other DRI projects to take place in Fall 2023.

Please review all details in this document before making your submission.

RFP DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted online via the link provided by February 10, 2023, 11:59PM, E.S.T. Artists will be notified of their selection as a finalist by March 17, 2023.


Peekskill’s award of $10,000,000 as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative promises to transform the City of Peekskill. In response to this opportunity, the PAA and Business Improvement District (BID) are co-sponsoring a large public art project, known as Making Connections. A total of $137,000 has been allocated to this project from the DRI grant.

Making Connections includes a total of 13 proposed locations that will create art corridors, using murals and installations to connect the Peekskill Waterfront to the downtown and serve to engage residents and visitors in a unique cultural and historic experience, increase foot traffic and tourism, and improve the attractiveness of the downtown. Seven (7) of the proposed locations are included in this RFP. Making Connections will strengthen Peekskill’s identity as an “Arts Community” by providing outdoor visible signs of artworks by local and nationally known professional artists.

The public artworks will:

  • Be strategically placed to highlight gateways, local geography and cultural history
  • Create art corridors that serve as wayfinding landmarks, or a navigational map
  • Provide opportunities for community engagement and participation in creating public art
  • Remain sensitive to the architectural integrity of historic areas while celebrating and enhancing our city’s identity
  • Result in a cohesive and thematically unique display of public art
  • Include artwork that is site-specific, designed to best suit its location and appropriate for a public audience of all ages
  • Stimulate business activity through art tourism in downtown Peekskill

 We are proud of Peekskill’s diversity and intend to engage the community in this project. To that end, a collaborative component to several of the murals not included in this RFP has been integrated into our project. These installations will involve working with several different local community groups. .

These Public Art projects will stimulate opportunities for both professional mural artists and our local community to participate and will encourage input from key stakeholders, developers, and property owners. Visitors will admire the creative public art presentations as natural extensions of what Peekskill is and will be. 


Installations at privately owned sites will be subject to approval by the owners. Projects at community-based settings will require cultural sensitivity and coordinating groups of community members. Similarly, projects on municipal property, DOT, and MTA property will require approval of relevant authorities. 

Visit our website for site photos and dimensions:

Spanish translation

SitePrivate or PublicThemeArtist FeeTotal Budget including Artist Fee, Materials and Installation
Bean Runner CaféPrivateJazz$750$2,250
Peekskill Coffee HousePrivateHistoric Image of Peekskill Harbor from Hudson River School$1,200$2,900
The Central CaféPrivateHistory of the Railroad in Peekskill$1,500$4,500
Peekskill Police StationMunicipalTBD$1,000 $4,700
Peekskill BreweryPrivateTBD by Owner$1,000$2,700
Between Dain’s and the Lincoln Depot MuseumMunicipalAbolitionists$1,500$7,500
Fern TreePrivateUnderground Railroad$3,800$10,000

Artists interested in being considered for this opportunity must submit the following:

  1. A current resume/CV, particularly highlighting relevant experience (required)
  2. Artist statement (required)
  3. Minimum of 5, up to 10, images of original completed artworks (Work Samples) (required)
  4. Work Samples Checklist (required)
  5. Letter of interest (required)
  6. 3 professional references or reviews of completed artworks

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Artists and artist collectives with a proven track record.