Inspired by the Federal Art Project’s response to providing relief for artists following the Great Depression, Arts and Education at the Hoyt is dedicating its 2020-21 Public Art Fund budget to the creation of local art by local artists in public spaces throughout Lawrence County.  Proposals for projects – both big and small – are being sought from Lawrence County artists through June 15 and might include sculpture, murals, mosaics, paintings and more. Awards will be announced in July. The maximum award is likely not to exceed $2500. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

  • Artists must reside in Lawrence County
  • The location you choose must be a public space in Lawrence County. Permission from the property owner must be obtained, in writing, by the artist.
  • Works can include, but are not limited to, murals, sculpture, mosaic, and paintings.

Developing your Proposal

  1. Choose your subject: The subject of your proposal must lift the human spirit, celebrate Lawrence County’s heritage or commemorate the first responders at the forefront of the pandemic in some way. How you choose to interpret your subject is up to you.
  2. Identify a public location: Good options include a library, hospital, municipal building, school, park, community garden, bus station, street or alley, parking lot, or other publicly accessible space in Lawrence County.  Think about how the location might influence or enhance your subject matter and its design.
  3. Design for the space: Your concept drawings should be site specific. Determine the size and placement of your work as best you can.  Does it fit into a larger project or initiative?  Include a signed letter of support from the property owner.  You’ll find the template here.
  4. Prepare a budget: Calculate the time and materials needed to complete your proposed project. Materials may not exceed 40% of the overall budget.  Awards will range from $500 to $2500.  If your budget exceeds $2500, how will the balance be funded?
    Note: The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council offers Project Stream grants of up to $2,500 annually on behalf of the PA Council on the Arts.  Grants support small community arts projects offered by artists and arts organizations in Lawrence County. Applications open September 8. Info can be found here.
  5. Write your narrative: Describe in 500 words or less the subject, location and intent of your proposed project. Does it fit into a larger community initiative or project?  How will it benefit the greater good?

Examples of eligible projects

Submitting your proposal

Please assemble the following before proceeding to the on-line application:

  • Narrative
  • Concept Drawings
  • Budget
  • Work Samples: 6-8 jpegs of prior work. Note your name, title, size and date of each piece in the file name.
  • Signed Letter of Support from Property Owner


Dates to Remember

  • Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2020
  • Awards announce: by July 31, 2020
  • Project completed: by June 30, 2021

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