Call Detail
NJ Climate Resilience Public Art Projects 2022
Entry Deadline: 1/24/22
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 8
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: New Jersey

The New Jersey DEP Coastal Management Program (CMP) was awarded a Project of Special Merit (PSM) grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through their annual Coastal Zone Management Enhancement Program. The PSM award is to support development of a risk communication campaign for coastal hazards including a Community-Based Art Grant Program (Grant Program) in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (Arts Council). The Grant Program, along with the other components of the risk communications campaign, will address the need to involve and inform the public about the coastal hazards impacts they will face and what actions they can take to reduce their risk. 

The Grant Program has selected three (3) New Jersey community-based organizations (CBO’s) to be paired with artists that specialize in environmental topics to create art installations in specific locations within New Jersey’s coastal zone. The CBOs were selected through a separate and competitive process, and this call for artists is to select the three artists, or artist teams, who will be paired with the CBO’s to develop and implement an art project that is both artistically excellent, and communicates to the public coastal hazards impacts, risks and actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of climate impacts.  

Click on View Site Plan above to review the selected CBO's and access details on the locations, preferred disciplines and other information to inform an application. 

The grants to the CBOs were made with the intention that they will result in a community-based art installation in each CBO’s service region and an in-person and/or virtual community event centered around the art installation. The intent of each artwork commissioned is to bring public awareness to the risk of flooding, either from sea-level rise or coastal storms. Each CBO was eligible for funding, of which $7,000 will be provided to the artist for reimbursement of materials and development and presentation of the art installation selected.  


Any art form (visual, literary, performative, new media, etc.) will be considered as long as no new environmental disturbance results from the project and no impact occurs to environmentally sensitive areas. (Please note that beaches are considered natural habitat, and therefore, art installations on beaches, dunes, etc. are considered a disturbance.) Artists who work collaboratively may apply as a team, but will need to submit one application for the team, and accept the stipend amount of $7,000 as total funds for the project, including artist fees for all team members.  

Qualified artists are encouraged to submit examples of their previously completed artwork through the CAFÉ online system, along with a brief written description of the project idea they propose to create if selected. Artists should submit work samples and proposals that are clear, concise and considerate of the community and public nature of temporary art in public spaces. Because the CBO hosts’ spaces are comprised of a variety of public, restricted and environmentally sensitive areas, some proposals may require changes in order to be approved. Artists should understand that their proposal will be a starting point, and those selected will begin conversations with the CBO’s. The work ultimately undertaken will be developed and approved in coordination with the CBO “host” site.  

Art installations are to be in existing public spaces located in the coastal zone and could include, but would not be limited to, murals, light displays, installations created from community-collected trash, public performances of new choreography, sculpture, or interdisciplinary art installations or performances. CBO’s have described their preferred discipline(s), community impact, and installation locations, spaces and parameters on the “CBO Community Locations” (click on “View Site Plan” in CAFÉ to view). Artists are strongly encouraged to read and consider the CBO information provided prior to submitting a proposal.  

The installations can be located on the CBO’s property, or other public spaces agreed to by the CMP and host CBO. The location of installations cannot result in any new environmental disturbance, and installations will not be located in, or cause impact to, environmentally sensitive areas such as, but not limited to, wetlands, sand dunes, beaches, threatened and endangered species or habitats, historic preservation sites, or marine mammals. 

Submissions must be able to be realized within a project budget of $7,000, inclusive of all known costs and required resources. The CBO's will provide a stipend to the artist of $7,000 per project, which can be used toward project costs, supplies, travel, and artistic fees as needed. Some CBO's may, at their discretion, provide additional equipment and in-kind services for the project. For instance, chairs for audiences, marketing and promotional costs, installation assistance, access to a projector, speakers, podium, microphone, etc. Please be as thorough as possible when listing out resources required for the project. There is no guarantee that submissions will be able to be implemented as described. The CBO’s may offer you alternative options or solutions to proposed resources, and we encourage you to be flexible in thinking about strategies for working with CBO's for art in public spaces.  

CBO’s and artists will begin conversations immediately after notification of selection, and it is anticipated that art installations will be installed, and public programs underway, between June and October, 2022. CBO’s will work with selected artists to schedule, plan, implement, document and promote the selected projects.  

The Goals of this Program are: 

  • Increasing public awareness of how individuals will be impacted by coastal hazards and what they can do about it;
  • Using innovative approaches and outreach methods and materials that are tailored to the needs of local communities throughout the coastal zone;
  • Elevate awareness in New Jersey of the risks of flooding caused from sea-level rise and coastal storms;
  • Increase knowledge of local decision-makers on innovative approaches and the best ways to effectively communicate risk through available tools and resources;
  • Advance resilience planning efforts in New Jersey through effective risk communication methods, materials, and actions; and
  • Effective communications that facilitate the necessary behavior change to make New Jersey more resilient to coastal hazards such as sea-level rise and coastal storms.

These goals will be realized, in part, by connecting communities with new, stimulating art experiences in their communities that help communicate messages about coastal hazards.  

In addition, this program will provide regional artists both exhibition opportunities and a supportive experience creating public art in new and different public spaces.  

Application Requirements

Evaluation Criteria: 

The Artists Selection Panel will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:  

  1. Artistic excellence of the proposed project and work samples provided
  2. Potential for the project to further the goals of the program
  3. Potential for positive experiences or interactions with the proposed work by New Jersey communities (the intended audience of the work)
  4. Artist’s experience with community-based projects, exhibitions, public performances, or other relevant experiences.
  5. Safety and environmental considerations of the proposed project
  6. Feasibility of the project as proposed or with minor changes
  7. CBO’s ability and interest in partnering with the artist(s) for the project’s implementation
  8. The clarity of the proposal

Artists who are successful and create a project will retain any materials or artifacts from the work that are not permanent. Artists are responsible for cleanup and removal within 24 hours after the exhibition or performance’s close, unless other arrangements have been made with the CBO host site.  

Artist Selection Timeline:

December 14, 2021: Call for Artists Announcement 

January 10, 2022: Question and Answers Webinar for interested Artists at 2:00 pm 

January 24, 2022: Call for Artists Submission Deadline (by midnight) 

No later than February 28, 2022: Selected Artists Notified 

February 28, 2022- March 14, 2022: Artist and CBO hosts project development and project implementation planning  

June 1, 2022 - October 1, 2022: Development and display of Art Installations; community events held 

Selected projects will be scheduled for installation and community events beginning in June 2022 and are intended to run through the early-Fall. Please keep this time frame in mind when drafting your proposal. The CBO partners will work with selected artists to schedule, plan, implement, document and promote the selected projects. Additional assistance with outreach will be provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts staff, through social media and other communications outlets.  

How to apply:  

Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, January 24, 2022 at midnight via (CAFÉ). No extensions to the deadline will be granted. 

Only one submission per artist/artist team may be submitted. No appeals of the selection committee’s decision will be accepted.  

Refer to the provided “CBO Community Locations” (click on “View Site Plan” in CAFÉ to view) for information about the selected CBO’s and their locations.  Because CBO’s spaces are varied in their locations, potential exhibition spaces, public access, safety concerns, etc. artist proposals for this program should utilize the locations listed on the “CBO Community Locations” to determine which CBO’s, communities and potential exhibition areas are available and appropriate for your proposed art form.  You may choose “any CBO” or you may select a specific CBO of interest to inform your proposal.  

Artist submissions should include a narrative, of no more than two pages, (10 point font or larger, 1.5 spaced) which describes the proposed project idea, its scope and the artists’ desired outcomes. Include the basic who, what, when, where and how in this narrative. Please be clear and concise so that the Selection Committee can best determine if your project is possible, or what changes could be made to make your project feasible. For instance, if your project requires access to non-public areas, or is highly site specific, or requires specialized equipment, knowing all the details will assist the CBO’s in selecting the artist/proposal that best suits their site and community.  You should also mention sketches or preliminary work samples you are providing, and how they fit into your proposal. See specifics on work samples below. 

Artists will be notified of the outcomes of their submission no later than February 28th, 2022. No appeals of the selection committee’s decision will be accepted. 

Work samples, sketches, etc.  

Please provide no more than 5 samples of your previously completed art work, and up to 3 examples of sketches, diagrams, or other visual, video or audio work that will help the panel understand your proposal. You are encouraged to mention these examples specifically in your narrative (for instance “please see uploaded sketch #1 for design idea” or “Please listen to linked work sample “blue velvet cake” for preliminary audio composition”…)  

All applications should be submitted through (CAFÉ), a free website for artists to submit to art calls. If you do not already have an account set up in CAFE, you will need to do so, and upload work samples to your portfolio in CAFE, prior to applying to this call. CAFE technical assistance is available to artists who require help in using the system.  

You may upload images, video and audio samples in CAFE, or include links to audio and video files within your narrative proposal. You must upload your narrative as a pdf on the appropriate upload page in CAFÉ.  

If you need to provide audio or video files as work samples, you can upload up to 6 of them in café, or you can provide links to vimeo, youtube, etc. in your uploaded narrative. For instance “Please listen to linked work sample “blue velvet cake” for preliminary audio composition” HERE – with actual link embedded in pdf.  Do not use password protected files, or link to sites requiring the review committee to have an account to open. (Dropbox, for instance, or Instagram, would not be acceptable places to link to because they require an account to use.) 

Whatever format you choose to provide your work samples, do not supply more than a total of 6 audio and/or video samples, plus an optional additional 2 still images, or up to 8 (eight) still image samples of completed work and sketches, and clearly label which samples are completed and which are sketches.  


The State Arts Council will hold Open Office Hours to offer technical assistance on Monday, January 10th at 2:00 PM, via Zoom. This meeting will focus on the guidelines and program, but not use of the CAFE system.  

Click here to join the Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 839 5522 6570

Passcode: publicart

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Technical assistance using CAFÉ is available at: 

Please direct any other questions regarding this opportunity or the guidelines to Danielle Bursk, Director of Artist Services, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, at or 609-633-1184, or Stephanie Nerbak, Program Associate, Artist Services, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts at

Do not contact CBO’s or the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. All questions should be directed to CAFE for assistance with using CAFE, or to the State Arts Council for questions about this call for artists, as described above. 

Eligibility Criteria

Confirmation of eligibility: Artists must be at least 18 years old, and be residents of the State of New Jersey, or live within 100 miles of the New Jersey state border. Please update your address in CAFE if it does not include your current address. Artists will be required to confirm eligibility in the CAFE application form.