Overview and Project Goals

The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is happy to announce the return of the Spare pARTS Public Art Initiative. We are requesting proposals from Dallas area artists for functional, site-specific artwork that encourages pedestrian activity and makes use of recycled/repurposed materials. Our goal is to encourage street life and pride along Fort Worth Avenue by recruiting and supporting the artistic ingenuity that epitomizes the DIY spirit of the area.


-Reuse, repurpose: Installations must make useof recycled, re-used, and re-defined materials in
keeping with the spirit of the incremental redevelopment of the neighborhood.
-Utility: The art is required to fill a utilitarian role, such as providing shade, seating, bike parking, lighting, etc.
-Location: The installation(s) will be placed on private property along Fort Worth Avenue. Artists are encouraged to visit the site and must tailor their proposal to that specific location.

The site for 2013 is:

-Vendor Trailer area fronting Dallas West Mobile Home/RV Park on W. Commerce St.
-Budget: The project budget is $5000. This amount is to cover materials, supplies, labor, and installation
costs. Please consider the cost of anchoring, lighting, and any landscaping in your proposal.
-Lifespan: It is understood that due to the material nature and budgetary limits these works will not last
forever, but they should be designed and built to remain functional for a period of at least five years.
-Artist Eligibility: All artists must be at least 18 years of age.

Selection Process:

Any artist/artist team over 18 years of age can submit one or more proposals. There is no fee for submissions. The selection panel jury consists of 5 local area arts professionals, chaired by Kay Kallos, Office of Dallas Cultural Affairs.

All submissions will be reviewed by the selection panel.
Three submissions will be selected as finalists, and the artists must present their projects to the selection panel in person. Each of the three finalists will receive a $100 stipend to cover additional time and materials spent on project details such as final illustrations and /or 3D renderings.

Submission Requirements

  1. Letter of Interest: Please describe your interest in the project and your approach towards the installation. Please include a description of the location, the scale of the installation, materials to be used, and requirements for long-term (5 years) maintenance and care. Letters should be no more than one page in length.
  2. Resume/CV: Please include a professional resume or CV along with a brief biography and artist statement.
  3. Image of proposed work: Please include a rendering, sketch, photo, 3D, or other visual representation of the work for review.
  4. Images of past work: Please include relevant images of past artworks. Images may be submitted via prints, CD, or as hyperlinks to online photos.

Mailing or Drop-Off Location:

Red Arrow Contemporary, 1130 Dragon St. Suite 110, Dallas TX 75207
Phone: 214 426.9783


April 19, 2013 — Initial proposals due
May 4, 2013 — Finalists announced
May 25, 2013 — Finalist presentations to selection panel
May 26, 2013 — Award/Commission, 1st cash installment $3000
August 24, 2013 — (no later than) — Installation, balance $2000
September 7, 2013 — Christening ceremony

About the Fort Worth Development Group

The purpose of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is to improve the West Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor and maintain a high quality of life for the area’s residential neighbors, property owners, and businesses. Learn more at

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