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Collyer Park
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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 11/1/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10

History of Art in Public Places: 

Longmont’s City Council proposed and ratified an Ordinance in 1988 which allocates 1% of City Capital Improvement Projects to a special Art in Public Places fund. Since that time, AIPP has built a collection of more than 70 permanent public art installations throughout the City.  That collection can be seen here  


In 2006, AIPP proposed an Ordinance revision to allow for temporary or loaned artwork, resulting in the Art on the Move program. Since that time, Art on the Move has borrowed and exhibited more than 75 works of art from Colorado artists, which has proven extremely successful in exhibiting "more" artwork, attracting more (Colorado) artists and providing greater visibility and diversity to the Longmont community and their visitors.   


And in 2011, AIPP added Shock Art to its programs. Collaborating with Longmont Power and Communications, each year five to seven electrical boxes are identified to be painted by local artists, who are selected through a community voting process.   To date, there are 41 painted switchgear (“Shock Art”) boxes, with another five scheduled to be completed by mid-October.


Community Profile: 

The City of Longmont is located approximately ten miles east of the Rocky Mountain foothills, 35 miles northwest of Denver, and 12 miles northeast of Boulder. The population of approximately 97,000 represents a diversity of cultures, including Anglo, Hispanic, Asian, African American, and American Indian. Longmont’s roots are in agriculture. As the City has grown, its economy has diversified to include high-tech manufacturing and many service industries. 


Longmont is undergoing a surge of growth, which has greatly increased the real estate values and put it on the map as a true destination. Thirteen craft breweries and several distilleries call Longmont home, and an abundance of restaurants, galleries, and coffee shops provide opportunities for all seeking “indy” experiences and unique opportunities. 



Up to $35,000 is available for an artist or team of artists. This amount includes all fees for the design, materials, fabrication, transportation, and installation of artwork; artists’ insurance (see below); and any miscellaneous expenses that may be incurred relating to site preparation and licensing fees. 


The selected artist will be required to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of notification of winning the commission. Insurance must be obtained as follows: 

The Artist shall obtain and maintain for the full period of the Contract: Commercial General Liability insurance including bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, contractual liability and products/completed operations coverage, and automobile liability insurance covering bodily injury, property damage and personal injury, with limits of no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. 



This call is open to artists residing within the USA. 

The AIPP Commission encourages artists from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds to apply.  


Artists will be required to maintain a close working relationship with the City of Longmont staff person, the Art in Public Places Commission, the selection panel(s), and the community. This may include participation in various meetings related to the art project.  


Artists wishing to collaborate as a team on a project may do so, submitting up to 10 images total and a resume for each artist.  


Project Specifics: 

Collyer Park is one of three of the original parks located within the original square mile of downtown Longmont.  Surrounded by mature trees and historic homes, the neighbors to this park take great pride in their neighborhood as is evident with a walk in this Historic Eastside neighborhood.  Collyer Park is home to public tennis courts, a new playground and several gazebo/shelter amenities.  Visitors to the park include neighbors as well as children (and their families) who attend the adjacent elementary schools as well as those from other neighborhoods, seeking shade offered by trees or to attend an organized soccer or sports practice.


Art in Public Places previously had one carved tree sculpture in Collyer Park; carved in 2006, it was removed and modified by the artist in 2013 due to interior deterioration.  Since it’s relocation, the active community that resides in proximity of Collyer has requested new artwork.


The neighbors to Collyer Park are an active group, as many of them routinely meet to clean and maintain the Park of some of the less desirable activities.  These efforts have paid off, as recent “activities” have subsided.


Collyer Park is one of few parks in the City of Longmont that has a Master Plan that was developed by the active neighborhood group and adopted by City Council in 2003. Selected artwork will be vetted by the Art in Public Places-appointed selection panel and final site selection must be in coordination with such Master Plan (attached) and upon approval of the neighborhood group and Longmont Parks department.



Information beyond the scope of this proposal will not be available until after the artist or team of artists is selected.   For Call clarifications, please contact


Additional information regarding the City of Longmont and the Art in Public Places program may be obtained at these websites: 



City of Longmont:



All entries for this project are being accepted through



September 2018 – call out to artists

November 1, 2018 – submission deadline

Mid November – three finalists notified

Mid-December – finalists presentations

Late Spring/early Summer 2019 - installation



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