Emerald City Public Art Initiative: Broadway Marquee RFQ

Emerald City Public Art Initiative: Broadway Marquee

Request for Qualifications

NoBo Art District, North Boulder, Colorado

Eligibility: Artists living in Colorado

Deadline: Application is open through June 30th, 2024


Announcing a new opportunity to transform an existing sign and platform at the gateway of Emerald City into a public art installation. For this project, we hope to see artists and tradespeople coming together to create teams of mixed skill sets and diverse creative ideas to activate an existing sign structure in a highly visible location along Broadway.

NoBo Art District is seeking applications from qualified artists for a public art commission in the North Boulder Art District, in partnership with the Ghadimi Group. NoBo Art District aims to foster collaboration among local artists and local tradespeople to create a new public art installation in the Emerald City area. The NoBo Art District takes pride in our mixed use neighborhood that includes light industrial alongside artist studios.


  • Create a “gateway” sculptural artwork on an existing sign structure at the entrance of Boulder, along North Broadway
  • Contribute to the Local North Boulder Economy through arts + trades work
  • Create a bridge between the arts community and local tradespeople
    Improve the visibility of the NoBo Art District

Area Information:
Emerald City, as it is affectionately known by its tenants and local community, is a light industrial / commercial area of emerald green warehouses that are home to many artists, creatives, tradespeople, mechanics, manufacturers and other commercial businesses. It lies in the north end of the North Boulder Art District and serves as the northern “gateway” to NoBo and a hub for NoBo’s monthly “First Friday” art walk events. The NoBo area is a unique blend of light industrial spaces tailored to tradespeople and artists, upscale mixed-use new urbanism, as well as restaurants and shops set amidst pristine natural surroundings.

Art Site:
The art site for this project is in a high visibility area along North Broadway as it meets highway 36. The original marquee at Emerald City, also known as KAF, sits at the eastern edge of the property, boarding the western edge of North Broadway, as it transitions into HWY 36. The sign sits on an existing concrete platform, adjacent to the sign directory available for tenants, and includes two posts and a light box which can be integrated into a new work. Artists and teams are invited to imagine and modify this existing structure into something new and eye-catching that gives a nod to the local culture and community.

Materials & Media

  • The committee hopes that artists will consider assembling a team of local tradespeople, craftsmen, industrial fabricators to realize their vision for this unique project.
  • The committee is looking for artwork(s) that are innovative, eye-catching and speaks to the local community and culture.
  • The committee is open to artwork in materials that are suitable for outdoor display and is
    specifically seeking three-dimensional works of art that are visible during the day and night.

This call is open to artists based in the Colorado area, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical disability. The committee is especially interested in artists who have a connection or deep understanding of the North Boulder/NoBo community, landscape, history and culture. Colorado artists, emerging artists, and artists working in media that are suitable for outdoor display are especially encouraged to apply.

Can a team apply?
Teams are highly encouraged. Applicants may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaborative group. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé for the team, with one page per team member.

The budget for this project is $8,750 all inclusive including fabrication, artist fees, insurance, installation costs, equipment rental, and travel expenses. The committee highly recommends partnering/ working with local fabricators and makers to realize artist ideas. NoBo Art District and Emerald Management will provide a resource list of local fabricators and tradespeople available upon request or through this link.

Application open: May 17 – June 30th, 2024
Selection process: July 2024
Artist contracting: August 2024
Fabrication: August – September 2024
Installation: to be completed by Dec 31, 2024

Selection Process
Three artist teams will be selected to submit a formal design /drawing and project budget for committee review. The artists will have the opportunity to meet with committee/NoBo representatives including a site visit. The semi-finalists will receive a $350 honorarium to prepare and present the proposal virtually. One artist will then be selected by the committee and awarded the project.

How to Apply
Application materials must be submitted via email to publicart@noboartdistrict.org AND leah@noboartdistrict.org. There is no application fee to apply.

***IMPORTANT: You should receive an email confirmation/response from the publicart email. If not, please reach out to Leah to resubmit your materials.

Please read this section carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Complete applications need to contain all of the following materials:

  • Digital Images—In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must submit four to six digital images of previously completed artworks. Images should be JPG format and less than 2MB per image or in one ZIP file.
  • Statement of Interest—Please submit a statement outlining your interest in the Emerald City public art initiative and why it is of special interest to you.
  • Résumé—Submit a one to two-page current résumé that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist or artist team. Please name your résumé file accordingly: Last name.First initial (i.e. Smith.J.pdf). Résumés that are more than two pages will not be downloaded. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé with one to two pages per team member.
  • The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted and files attached must be named with artist /team name and be in PDF format only.

Please direct all questions about the project to NoBo Art District staff at info@noboartdistrict.org

For more information about the NoBo Art District, please visit: www.noboartdistrict.org

This project is made possible by a grant from the Ghadimi Group.

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