Physical Public Art and Cultural Arts and Arts Programming RFPs

Public Art RFP Update


Proposal submissions were due on December 19, 2017,

and we are no longer taking responses to this RFP.


Cultural Arts and Arts Programming

On April 17, 2018, City Council approved grant funding for the following three proposals:


Island City Waterways 2018

Rhythmix Cultural Works

Island City Waterways 2018 is a free multidisciplinary public art event that combines theatre, dance and music. On May 18 -20 2018, the Island City Waterways team, along with 45 artists and 50 volunteers, will present 11 performances (2 specifically for Alameda Unified School District school groups) for a projected audience of over 1,500. The audience will be guided on a historic journey through a site-specific performance that tells the story of Crab Cove. This event will provide intergenerational audiences the opportunity to experience a free interactive public art event that enlivens the history of the land in their own backyard, and reveals how it was shaped by the water that surrounds it. 


For more information or to reserve your ticket, click here to visit their website.


Animate Dance Festival

West End Arts and Entertainment District

The Animate Dance Festival will be a celebration of dance in all its forms, bringing together free performances by professional dance companies and local youth groups, trial classes in a variety of dance/ circus and martial art techniques, as well as a children’s play area and food trucks located at the festival hub. The festival will allow Alamedans to experience world-class dance on their doorstep, and will also bring dance enthusiasts from around the Bay Area to Alameda. Animate Dance Festival is a collaboration between the West End Arts and Entertainment District and Tara Pilbrow, who has over 20 years of experience as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. This event will be held in October of 2018.


For more information, click here to visit their website.


The American Landscape

Sacred and Profane

"The American Landscape" will be a free, multidisciplinary choral event bringing together both visual and performing arts on the theme of the American Landscape. The choral concert will feature music by American composers such as Paul Chihara, Shawn Kirchner, Stacey Gibbs, and Moses Hogan among others that encompasses a wide variety of American Folk styles and traditions. These explorations of Americana will be accompanied by visual art celebrating the diverse traditions, landscapes, and points-of-view of American culture, history, and geography through the lens of local artists, including members of the Alameda art community. These new works will embody the American experience through diverse methods, creating an immersive and collaborative event for a broad range of audiences. The event will be held in March 2019.


For more information on Sacred & Profane, click here to visit their website.


No funding was awarded in the $15,000 and $5,000 award categories.  This money will return to the Public Art Fund, to be re-released for Cultural Arts and Arts Programming at a future date.  


Physical Public Art

On September 18, 2018, the City Council approved funding for the recommended finalist artwork at the $150,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $12,500 levels.  


Please click here to download a staff report which summarizes the process and the artwork which was approved, and here for Exhibit 8, which includes photographs of the approved artwork.


More information coming soon.



Original RFP Notice


The City of Alameda has released two new requests for proposals (RFPs) for public art:

  • The Physical Public Art RFP includes award amounts from $12,500 to $150,000. Designed to be as flexible as possible, the RFP encourages artists to propose a wide range of artwork, with locations to be identified by the proposing artists or artist teams.  Click here to download a PDF copy of the Physical Public Art RFP.
  • The Cultural Arts and Arts Programming RFP includes award amounts from $5,000 to $35,000. All events must publically accessible, and located in the City of Alameda. Click here to download a PDF copy of the Cultural Arts and Arts Programming Art RFP.

The City hosted an RFP Orientation on Monday, October 2, 2017, at 6pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.


Questions and Answers Published

Please click here to download a list of Questions and Answers, which includes the questions we've received so far, as well as the official answers. Please read this document if you are planning to propose.

It includes updated information regarding:

  • the evaluation schedule for proposals,
  • the ownership of artwork on private property, 
  • proposer eligibility, and much more!

Locations for Physical Public Art

Artists and artist teams are invited to propose artwork on any public or private property in the City of Alameda that is visible from a public right of way.


Artists who are interested in proposing artwork on City property should click here to download contact information for relevant City departments.


Submitting a Proposal

All entries must be submitted through


Once an account has been created, click here to access the CaFE call listing for the Physical Public Art RFP, and click here for the CaFE call listing for the Cultural Arts and Arts Programming RFP.


Other Documents

Pre-Bid Meeting Date:
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 18:00
Pre Bid Location:

Bid Due Date:
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:00 pm