July 31, 2012

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531


Meridian Arts Commission Announces Call for Artists

for a Public Art Opportunity

Workshop to be held August 8 with final proposals due on September 10


Meridian, ID – (July 31, 2012) –  The Meridian Arts Commission (MAC) has issued a “Call for Artists” for new public art pieces to be created for two sites along Main Street as part of the Split Corridor Project in downtown Meridian.  The opportunities are open to all eligible Idaho artists, and are expected to be completed in 2013.


The budget for the two separate locations is a total of $75,000. Artists interested in applying for this project are encouraged to attend a one-hour Artist Workshop on Wednesday August 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm in Meridian City Hall.


This Call for Artists is a two stage process with a September 10, 2012 deadline for submitting an application. The first stage is a request for qualifications (RFQ), in which the Meridian Arts Commission is inviting artists to submit general qualifications for the design, fabrication, and installation of public art. The second stage is a request for proposals (RFP), in which up to three qualified finalists will be invited to submit proposals for the public art project.


In order to be considered, works of art must promote environmental responsibility and sustainability, particularly as to recycling efforts and wise use of energy and other resources, and should incorporate recycled, reused, or repurposed materials. The art should also take into account Meridian’s history, character, and values.


 “Meridian continues to be a community that advances the arts as an important part of daily life, and sees it as a way of enriching our built environment,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. “These public art projects will mark the gateway to our downtown, echo our commitment to environmental responsibility, and be inspirational for citizens of all ages.”


A complete list of application guidelines, maps, and more may be obtained on the City of Meridian website at 


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit