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2022 Experiments in Public Art Application

Boulder x Farm-to-Spaceship Experience Accelerator Program

Experiments in Public Art is a program of ongoing projects across the city which are temporary in nature, responsive to community needs, and interactive/participatory. It generates opportunities for creatives to experiment and communities to engage. Experiments in Public Art works across creative backgrounds, disciplines, and communities. This year’s program partners with FARM TO SPACESHIP, a local arts accelerator program, to focus on COVID Rebound and community connection through experiences over things. (74% of Americans prioritized experiences over products and things, according to a study conducted by Expedia and the Center for Generational Kinetics.) The program will focus on pandemic recovery through relationship building and experiential, interactive, and temporary public artworks.

2022 Experiments in Public Art is made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and has specific criteria:

  • Creative sector workforce recovery
  • Community healing and collectively looking ahead through creative expressions of the pandemic experience
  • Recovery, resilience, and innovation through creative partnerships between local creatives and businesses

Who is encouraged to apply?

We are seeking artists, creatives, and local business owners to join this year’s program to work together as a cohort as we engage in interactive learnings, relationship building, experience design, transformation economy, prototyping and public art creation.

This year’s Experiments in Public Art is designed to be a continuation of the 2020 Creative Neighborhoods: COVID 19 Work Projects, and those participants are encouraged to apply!

Participants receive seed funding to support their ideas, direct one-on-one assistance from industry experts and customized learning opportunities throughout the program. Anticipate an 8-month commitment to the program. There will be an initial two-day accelerator workshop to introduce the concept of experience learning and relationship building. The remaining schedule will be developed by participants and include ongoing learning, prototyping, storytelling, and field trips. The cohort will create a final public art project together as a program capstone. Candidates are accepted into the program from through an application process. Once accepted, the program is free for participants with funding for prototyping and the capstone project.


All participants must reside, work, or own a business based in the City of Boulder (as a short-hand, staff will use zip codes beginning in 803 to establish location). All applicants must be of legal contractual age as defined by the state of Colorado (18 years). City of Boulder employees are not eligible to apply. All applicants must comply with the ordinances and policies of the City of Boulder.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2022

Email publicart@bouldercolorado.gov with questions or comments.

Contact Information

Primary Address*
Business Address
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About You

Participants make the program! The following questions help us get to know you a little better and aid in building a cohort of varied experiences and perspectives. Your responses will only be referenced during the selection committee application reviews.

Do you live in Boulder?*
Do you work in Boulder?*
Do you meet the general eligibility requirements (see Eligibility in above description)?*
Did you participate in the 2020 Creative Neighborhoods: COVID 19 Work Projects program?*
Do any of the following reflect your business or creative practice?
Check all that apply.
Which of the following best describe you?
Check all that apply.
Do you have experience creating a project or artwork for public display? (Prior experience is not required. Your response will inform what types of projects and experiences we learn about and a prototyping baseline.)

COVID and Community Impact

The applicant acknowledges if they are selected, they can and are willing to commit to a program cohort culminating in a temporary and participatory project created in collaboration with other local artists, creatives, business leaders that directly responds to some aspect of the COVID 19 pandemic. Additionally, the program supports a full creative life for all residents and champions policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable community. Applications will be reviewed by the Standing Selection Panel within the context of the Public Art Acquisition Criteria and the 2022 Statement on Cultural Equity.

I have read this statement.*

Statement of Interest

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Programmatic Content and Agreement

  • Cohort Participation
    • Participation in larger cohort brainstorming and relationship building
  • Program Workshops: October 17 and 18, 2022 *
  • Project Development and Creation (Nov 2022 – Jan 2023):
    • Concept development
    • Design Review
    • Construct and install temporary, participatory projects
  • Public Installation and Opening Celebration: dates tbd
    • Participate in public events
    • Share stories, project photos with marketing, communications
  • Program Feedback
    • Participate in program surveys, video documentation, testimonials
Can you commit to joining the Boulder x Farm-to-Spaceship Experience Accelerator workshops on October 17 – 18?*
If accepted, are you willing to commit to the full program?*
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