In 2021, Americans for the Arts will award the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design to an arts administrator.
The Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design program celebrates and highlights the work of individuals who support, develop, and manage the incorporation of art into the design of places and spaces across the United States. Designed to empower all stakeholders in the public art process and to create a powerful platform to develop greater national visibility and appreciation of the unique role that the arts play in shaping our experience of the built environment, the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design program – which bears the names of internationally recognized philanthropists, Jorge M. Pérez and his wife, Darlene Boytell-Pérez – includes an annual prize that will be awarded on a rotating basis to an artist, public art administrator, or representative from the civic design field. The goal of the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design is to celebrate one unique person for their locally implemented contributions that support community development through the integration of art into the built environment.
Applications are now open for the 2021 Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design – scroll down for more information!
About the 2020 Peréz Prize in Public Art & Civic Design – Vinnie Bagwell
Americans for the Arts is honored to award public artist Vinnie Bagwell of Yonkers, NY the inaugural 2020 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design. Vinnie has been an agent for social, educational, and economic growth through the arts in her community. She conceives her work to provoke critical thinking, spark the imagination, and facilitate the unlearning of hate by giving humanity to the stories of marginalized people.
About the 2021 Peréz Prize in Public Art & Civic Design
The 2021 Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design will recognize an arts administrator with a track record of exemplary work in producing with intention to advance community, civic, or social good by implementing art-based processes and/or projects that lead to positive change in the built environment of a local community. This includes increasing awareness of issues; promoting dialogue; shifting attitudes; promoting healing; motivating action; or improving conditions of equity, access, and inclusion.
The 2021 Prize will be given to an individual arts administrator. This includes public art administrators, arts producers within local arts agencies, museums, arts centers, and community-based and socially engaged arts organizations working in out-of-school community contexts. We recognize that art is often a collective process, and that its full realization rarely rests on a single individual. Arts administrators working in organizational contexts will be considered as well as those working independently. Organizational contexts may include public art programs, local arts agencies, municipal arts agencies, and arts-based community groups or organizations.
Because art in civic design encompasses a vast range of forms and genres, for the purpose of the 2021 Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design, we are inviting submissions in select categories: public art; visual arts; community-based artists; artists-in-residencies combined with civic design fields such as planning, transportation, and land use development; artist as part of design teams; hybrids of the aforementioned; and multidisciplinary work in which artistic practice elements are predominant.
The Prize recipient will receive a $30,000 cash award that they can be used to continue their pursuit of their administrative work aligned with goals of creative transformation of the built environment. The recipient will also receive additional financial support that will enable them to access other national opportunities for further learning as well as dialogue and discussion about their work with national leaders in the arts and other allied fields. These activities will be of mutual value and will be determined jointly with Americans for the Arts, which seeks to create a platform for the recipient to share their knowledge, work, perspective, and experience with Americans for the Arts’ members, stakeholders, and national partners to advance national dialogue and discussion about the key role of public art and civic design.
The Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design honors the philanthropic commitment of Jorge M. Pérez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, his family, and their collective vision and belief in the power of art to transform the design of places and spaces across the United States in ways that add deep and meaningful dimension to our human experience of the built environment.
About The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation
The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation fulfills the philanthropic vision of Jorge M. Pérez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, and his family to develop South Florida as an exemplary world-class urban center. The family foundation promotes sustainable, inclusive, and just communities by supporting programs and organizations focused on arts and culture, health and well-being, education, environment, and economic development—with a particular preference for programs and organizations that could serve as models for other urban centers. For more information, please visit www.jmperezfamilyfoundation.org.
The application process is open to anyone who meets the application requirements. Applications for the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design may be submitted by the individual seeking the award or by a third party on their behalf. Third party nominators must work with the nominee to complete and submit the application. Only submissions received on time and through the online application process will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Applicants will receive an update to their submission status by May 2021 once the selection of the awardee is approved.
A jury composed of representatives from Americans for the Arts, Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, the Public Art Network Advisory Council, and outside experts in public art and civic design will select the 2021 Perez Prize recipient. The recipient will be announced formally in June 2021 as part of Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.
The application will open on Monday, February 1, 2021, and close on Monday, March 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Only complete submissions received on time and through the online application process will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
To learn more about the application process, join Patricia Walsh, Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager at 3:00 PM EST on Wednesday, February 3rd for an information session about the 2021 Peréz Prize in Public Art & Civic Design. Click here to register. Access to the webinar is free and open to all with registration. The webinar will be recorded and available for future access.
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