Healdsburg Public Art Grant

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July Update: The City of Healdsburg received a total of twenty-seven applications requesting funding in the first round of Healdsburg Public Art Grants. After the Art Selection Committee met they decided to fund a total of eight projects. You can see the projects and a short description below. Stay tuned for future Public Art Grant opportunities coming in the near future. 

  • Adopt – A – Stop
    • Proposal to replace the existing stop sign pole at the corner of Center and Matheson Streets with a sculptural version. While the proposed sign location is feasible due to safety and traffic regulations, staff would work with the applicant to find an appropriate location in town to support the project.
  • The 222 - Indigenous Voices 
    • Proposal to fund four literary events at THE 222 highlighting culture and traditions of indigenous communities in Northern California.
  • Prune Box Derby
    • Proposal to fund an immersive art event to bring back a joyful legacy and invest in Healdsburg families and community. Inspiration for this immersive art event is based on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ‘Artist’s Derby,’ which took place last year at the infamously steep McLaren Park.
  • Voight Family Sculpture Foundation Ned Kahn Sculpture
    • Proposal to fund a collaboration with the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation and internationally renowned sculptor Ned Kahn to expand placement of public art along an important section of the Foss Creek Pathway in Healdsburg. 
  • Foss Creek Pathway Fence Beautification 
    • Proposal to fund a woven yarn art on a section of Foss Creek Pathway fencing that would be created by several different groups, over six sessions from July to December of 2023.
  • Ballet Folkorico
    • Proposal to fund Ballet Folkorico Yolotl to continue the thirty-seven year history of performing Mexican ballet in Healdsburg and neighboring communities. The project is a collaboration between Ballet Yototl, Yolanda Giron, Founder and Director based in Healdsburg, and Latinos Unidos del Condado de Sonoma, a community based non-profit organization founded on December 12th, 1966.
  • Healdsburg Museum Lighting Project
    • Proposal to fund illumination of the front of the Healdsburg Museum with an array of programmable LED lights creating energy and excitement after dark, along with installation of banners on the exterior of the Museum to complement the nighttime experience.
  • Healdsburg Center for the Arts – Art After Dark
    • Proposal to fund Art After Dark, a free, community arts event that takes place during the summer months with the mission of providing fun, creative evenings for residents and visitors, and increasing opportunities for local artists.

Healdsburg Public Art Grant

In 2018, the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council established goals to engage the community in defining the role of art through the creation of an community-based arts and culture master planning process. The arts and culture master planning process was a community-led initiative with a Creative Leadership Team comprised of community members serving as the project's steering committee. City Council adopted Healdsburg's first ever Arts and Culture Master Plan in August 2021. The Plan outlines five major goals: 

  • Build the Structural Foundation for Arts and Culture 

  • Enrich Cultural Experiences for Our Community and Our Visitors

  •  Foster and Grow an Inclusive Creative Economy 

  • Advance Art in the Public Realm 

  • Support Development of Arts and Cultural Spaces  

As part of the City's efforts to foster and enhance our creative community, we are pleased to announce our first Public Art Grant Program solicitation. This program is one of the outcomes of the recently adopted Arts and Culture Master Plan and marks the City's first dedicated financial commitment to supporting the arts community. Eligible applicants include local artists, creators, and non-profit organizations interested in expanding the role of arts in our community. Any artwork that is intended to enrich the public environment for City residents and visitors is eligible, including sculptures, murals, paintings, graphic arts, mosaics, photography, crafts, mixed media, environmental works, and performing arts. The art may be temporary or permanent. 

The application process: 
To apply, submit a proposal (no more than 5 pages including work samples) with the following information in this order: 

  • Title of the Proposal/Project 

  • Description of the Project

  •  Artist Credentials 

  • Project Budget 

  • Project Timeline (What is your anticipated production timeline from award of the grant? How long do you expect art to be displayed?) 

  • Work Samples (up to 5) 

Please submit electronic proposals (PDF) to: communityservices@healdsburg.gov or mail/deliver hard copies to the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, California, 95448

Application Deadline: Wednesday May 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm