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Call for Proposal Details 
On-line Entries Only via Cafe (Call for Entry).  Click the "Apply Now" button.  

Project Requirements

There are no limitations as form and may include:  all forms of visual art conceived in any medium, material or combination thereof; visual; auditory; sensory; and / or multi-disciplinary interventions; participatory projects; interactive installations. 


Materials used must convey a message of waste reduction as a means to alleviate climate change and sea level rise:


  • 3D art must reflect a minimum of 75% of the art piece to be made or constructed from recyclable or trash materials, litter or other thrown away items.

Projects need to consider exposure to the elements (wind, fog, etc.) as well as the possibility for installations to remain on view for a (limited) period of time and / or for elements of the project to be able to be relocated to Sanchez Art Center or other approved locations for a (limited) period of time. 



The artist or artist team selected for this commission will receive a $7,500 stipend (paid 50% at the initiation of the agreement, 30% midway, and 20% after the project is completed). 


In addition, monetary reimbursement for art / community engagement activity materials will also be available in an amount up to $2,500 towards materials directly purchased by the artist / artist team. Additional in-kind funding for materials up to $2,500 will also be available; Sanchez Art Center staff will assist in coordinating requests for these in-kind donations. 


The $10,000 monetary budget will be inclusive of all artist(s) fees, artist / artist team stipend, time, fabrication, installation, transportation, de-installation and all other project-related expenses. 


Sanchez Art Center staff will coordinate with the City of Pacifica regarding event and beach permits and insurance.  Sanchez Art Center staff will also support event logistics, volunteers, and requests to local businesses for additional in-kind material needs.  A separate budget includes marketing, event outreach and promotion.    


A panel of jurors will be convened that can include:

  • California College of the Arts Faculty

  • Skyline College Earth Science Faculty

  • Sanchez Art Center Advisory Board Member(s) / Staff

  • Womens Eco Art Dialog (WEAD) Board Member(s)

  • California Coastal Commission Representative

  • San Mateo County, Office of Sustainability

  • City of Pacifica Staff

  • A student with the Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science program

Project Timeline

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019:  Call for Entry Opens  

  • Monday, June 10, 2019: Orientation Day-Sites Tour (pre-registration required)

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 10:30am pdt:  Informational Webinar (pre-registration required)

  • Tuesday, July 9, 11pm pdt:  Deadline for Submission

  • Friday, July 26: Selected artist or artist team announced

  • Week of August 5 - 9: Artist/Artist team meeting with project coordinator

  • August 12, 2019 – February 21, 2020:  Project Creation - Civic Engagement/Community Art Projects Held (timing for projects to be formalized and approved with project coordinator)

All entries will be submitted via the online Call for Entry system (Café). Artists / Artist Teams are required to submit:

  • A short narrative proposal (not to exceed 2 pages, in 12 point font)

  • 3 – 9 images illustrating the proposal (artistic rendering, sketches, photoshop images, etc.)

  • 3 – 6 images/videos best illustrating previous work, and public engagement

  • CV or bio, not to exceed more than 2 pages (in 12 point font)


  • Artists 18 years or older residing in the United States of America.

  • Students in a MFA program can be included in an artist team.

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    Stay tuned for more information about community engagement events!
  • Tue, Jun 18
    Jun 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Jun 18, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Learn more about the "See Change" project. Attending this informational session is not required to submit a proposal, though may be helpful as it will provide the opportunity to ask questions. Pre-registration required.
  • Mon, Jun 10
    Locations will be provided to registrants
    Jun 10, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Locations will be provided to registrants
    Jun 10, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Locations will be provided to registrants
    Tour sites in Pacifica where community engagement activities will take place. This is an optional activity; It is not required to attend a tour to submit a proposal.
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