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Commission for Arts and Culture

Opportunities for Artists

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© And Then…(in progress) by Ingram Ober,
Marisol Rendón-Ober and Chuck Moffit

Supporting Artistic Practice in San Diego

The Commission for Arts and Culture works with local, regional, national, and international artists to integrate art into San Diego’s built environment and public spaces. Through its Public Art Program, the City posts opportunities for artists to apply for various public art projects on an ongoing basis.

Current Opportunities

When available, opportunities will be listed here

here comes the neighborhood: Encanto

Art Budget: Three (3) contract awards approximately $40,000 each

Eligibility: Any artist or artist team legally residing in California or Baja California

Application Deadline Passed. Thanks to all who applied! You can still register with PlanetBids in the dropdown menu below to ensure that you will be notified when opportunities are available. 

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services here comes the neighborhood: Encanto. For the 2nd iteration of here comes the neighborhood, up to three artists or artist teams are sought to design, fabricate, transport and consult during the installation of permanent, site-specific artworks for the Encanto neighborhood in and around the San Diego Black Arts and Culture District.

Full RFQ: The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for this public art project may be downloaded from the following PlanetBids website:

*Artists that have not previously registered through the City of San Diego for PlanetBids must register prior to downloading the RFQ. (See "View and Apply for Public Art Opportunity" Drop-down Menu Below)

**When you arrive at the PlanetBids website click "Bid Opportunities" to find the project opportunities.

View and Apply for a Public Art Opportunity

Register as a vendor with the City of San Diego to complete an RFQ and/or be notified when opportunites for artists are available. Complete the vendor registration form by following this link:  

To register you will need to:

  • Read the Vendor Registration instructions in the User Guide carefully.
  • Create a user name and password.
  • Have your federal tax ID# or your SSN available.
  • Select your Business Category: 96104 Artists (including Digital Artists).
  • Receive an email from PlanetBids confirming successful registration access to the site within 24 hours. You will receive notifications of opportunities related to your business category as they become available.