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Juneau CARES ArtWorks Project

This granting opportunity has closed. Click HERE to see the completed gallery of artworks funded by this project.


Tools for Artists

Panelists for this Call

Stephen Blanchett, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Annie Calkins, Educator, Grants Evaluator
Karen Crane, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Sarah Dybdahl, Director, Cultural Heritage & Education, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Amy O'Neill Houck, Artist
Bobbie Meszaros, Development Officer, Sealaska Heritage Institute
Beth Weigel, City Museum

Call for Public Art: Request for Proposal



Request for Proposal:

  • ArtWorks: A call for artwork to provide a lasting documentation of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on our community; creation of works to provide reflection, learning, solace, and unity in this (odd) time of separation.
  • The City and Borough of Juneau provides $300,000 (in funding) through (its) designated CARES funds with the intention of providing work for local artists and creative workers who have been negatively affected by the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Target audience is those for whom other CARES funds have been limited or unavailable. The intention is to fund to as many projects as possible, with projects selected by a panel of seven community members, thereby providing work for as many artists as possible.
  • Un- and under-employed Juneau artists and designers working in all genres are invited to apply, individually or as teams. The purpose of this call is to “deliver funding to artists who have lost gigs, had contracts or events cancelled, been laid off, or have otherwise been put in a vulnerable position due to the necessary restrictions to control the COVID‐19 pandemic.”
  • Applicants must be of legal contractual age.
  • Application deadline is October 26, 2020 at 5 pm.

Project Description:

  • The artwork may be long-lasting or temporary, and in any artistic genre. It must in some way serve as a record of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our community. It may offer lessons learned in case of reoccurrences, guidance for community well being in the future, or in some way reflect ways to weave the community together: to help Juneau survive, learn and grow from this very challenging time.
  • All genres will be considered, provided the proposal meets the goals and criteria:
    o Provides work to artists and creative workers in need due to the pandemic;
    o Applicant is in compliance with City and Borough of Juneau sales and property taxes;
    o Applicant is current with any reporting requirements for other grants from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council or the City;
    o Project will be completed by 12/30/2020.
  • Art work must reflect the mission and core values of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council:
    The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council cultivates vibrant arts and cultural opportunities and is a leader in building a strong, prosperous community where creativity and innovation thrive.


  • Build community
  • Welcome inclusivity
  •  Encourage creativity and innovation
  • Enrich Juneau's quality of life
  • Educate through arts and cultures
  • Serve Juneau and surrounding Southeast Alaska communities
  • Promote Creative Economy

Artists are invited to come forward with proposals of work they would like to do, and/or address some suggested projects (see suggested list of ideas below)

The location of the artwork will depend upon the project proposed. The work will be the property of the City and Borough of Juneau, and its “home” will be negotiated with each project selected.

Each application will provide a budget for the proposed project.
The panel will select as many projects as it can within the $300,000 allocation of funds, balancing benefit to community and the number of people employed in the project
The amount granted will take into consideration other CARES funding that may have been received by the applicant.

ArtWorks Application

Application Requirements:

  • Name, Address, contact information
  • Artist’s Statement of Interest (300 words max)
  • Total amount requested
  • Project proposal:
    • Title, overview, and description. Include information on how the work meets the goals of this call and reflected in 2020-43_CARES_ArtWorks (1)
    • Suggested Location for exhibit/performance/publication/video/display
    • Indication of permanent or temporary work
    • Genre/materials to be used
    • Sketch or other sample of the proposal
    • Number of artists to be employed on the project
    • Project timeline and end date
  • Evidence of Need, including un- or under-employment, loss of income due to Covid-19.
  • Artist(s) résumé(s) and 3 samples of previous work. (Photos, links to web site or other digital samples)
  • Names of participating/partnering organizations, if any
  • Project budget
  • Listing of other CARES funding previously received
  • Proposed project must comply with CBJ ordinances and policies. 
  • All applicants must comply with Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to the end that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, physical or mental handicap, sex or religion, be excluded.

Applications will be submitted online through an Airtable portal available here.

Application deadline: October 26, 2020. 

Selection Process:

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of seven individuals. The panelists will include two members of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Board of Trustees or staff, a representative of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes, a representative from the City Museum, a representative from the Juneau Commission on Sustainability, and two community members familiar with arts and granting in Juneau

Panelists will review and score the proposals and may interview the applicants, and make recommendations to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for final approval.

Selection Criteria:

  • Artist(s) shows loss of income due to Covid-19, lack of full employment, and/or inability to secure adequate other CARES funding;
  • Project will be of high quality;
  • Project meets goals and intent of the call and will benefit the community of Juneau;
  • Project meets the mission of the Arts Council and reflects its values;
  • Project will comply with CBJ regulations, ordinances, and policies;
  • Proposed budget is reasonable;
  • Applicant résumé and work samples reflect talent, skill and professionalism;
  • Applicant fulfilled the requirements of the application process;
  • Applicant is in compliance with JAHC reporting requirements for any previous Council project;
  • Applicant is current or compliant with City sales and property taxes as applicable.


Selections will be made by October 30, 2020 

Examples of projects that would be considered: 

  • Publicity campaign to draw attention to the work of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability and its programs to strengthen Juneau for the future. 
  • Photography exhibit documenting life in Covid-times.
  • Development of digital art or other lessons for schools.
  • Creation of innovative and useful protective wear.
  • Composition of music and creation of music video.
  • Weavings or fabric art.
  • Park installations.
  • On-line video art lessons. 
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