Art for the Bikeways – Application deadline extended to 11/22


$20,000 public art grant from NOCSC
$20,000 public art grant from NOCSC

UPDATE >> Due to Hurricane Zeta, we are extending the window to apply for Art for the Bikeways to 11:59pm, Sunday, November 22nd. We apologize for not announcing this sooner! Thanks so much for your interest in bringing creativity to New Orleans streets!! Please see the updated timeline below.

UPDATE 2 >> If you have questions – Attend a second info session for Art for the Bikeways – November 18th, 12 – 1pm

The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, is calling on artists to submit qualifications and proposals for Art for the Bikeways, multi-site public art installations meant to highlight the City of New Orleans’ investment in biking and better mobility for all residents via the new Moving New Orleans low-stress bikeway network. Art for the Bikeways is a $20,000 grant for an artist or team to design and install themed artwork at multiple locations on east and west bank sections of the Moving New Orleans bikeway network in 2021.

Download to apply >> Art for the Bikeways – Request for Qualifications & Proposals

This project seeks to activate and celebrate the people of New Orleans and the joy of being outdoors among the city’s rich scenery, greenery, and joyous culture. We hope to situate the bikeway network as a place for all people, with a special focus on the people who currently and have previously lived here.

Seventy-five miles of new and improved protected bikeways and bike boulevards are being constructed across New Orleans in 2020 and 2021. The city’s low-stress bikeway network is designed to connect more residents to destinations via safe, comfortable biking, walking, and transit. The artwork funded via this grant is aimed to encourage and activate these new bikeways in order to foster healthy and safe mobility options for all the people of New Orleans.

Project Goals

  • Enhance the lives of New Orleanians, children, and families through beautifying public spaces available for daily use
  • Invest in local artists through a large-scale commission
  • Promote and “activate” community utilization of new public bikeways and walkways
  • Support the beautification of our city, and increase civic pride through public art
  • Create lasting, innovative works of art that influence and shape the development of underutilized, underrepresented spaces as locations for community gathering and celebration
  • Promote public art as a meaningful art form
  • Contribute to New Orleans’ standing as a destination for public art
  • Highlight the cultural relevance of art as a means to represent community

Site Locations

Art for the Bikeways artwork will be located within or adjacent to the roadways of at least two designated corridors where Moving New Orleans Bikes installations are planned for construction in 2020 and 2021 – one in Algiers, and at least one on the east bank.

Installation Types

  • Wall murals
  • Street murals within bike lanes and/or travel lanes (not including intersections)
  • Stylized traffic-calming installations, such as planters
  • Walkway art on adjacent curb corners and sidewalks

Application Requirements

Applicants will be required to submit the following: an artist statement, resume, work samples, conceptual proposal, budget, and maintenance plan.

Timeline (Updated)

  • October 1 to November 22nd – Open submissions for Qualifications and Proposals
  • November 23 to December 7 – Selection Committee Review Period
  • December 8 – Finalists Announced
  • December 10 to January 8 – Site Visits with Finalists
  • January 15 – Announcement of Winner
  • July 1st, 2021 – Deadline to install artwork

Download to apply >> Art for the Bikeways – Request for Qualifications & Proposals