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Release Date: Oct 24, 2018

Crystal City BID Seeking Proposals for Public Art


Crystal City BID Seeking Proposals for Public Art Activations in Crystal City

Crystal City (Arlington), Va., October 24, 2018 – The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking temporary public art proposals to activate vacant and open spaces as part of their ongoing effort to enliven and connect the public realm. The application deadline is November 2, 2018. 

The goal of the activations is to support temporary public art in vacant, open and underutilized spaces in order to expand the cultural experience, encourage community dialogue, promote placemaking and interaction, and support visual beautification in Crystal City. 

Professional public artists or artist groups, art consultant organizations, and curators are eligible to apply. Applicants must show a proven history of successfully managing and completing publicly-funded projects with budgets of equivalent scale. 

Interested parties must prepare and submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume and qualifications including at least two professional references with contact information
  3. Description of proposed temporary artwork, installation, or placemaking concept* 
    (include sketches or photos where appropriate)
  4. Portfolio of work samples with role, budget, and clients

Please send application materials to Cassie Hurley at by Friday, November 2, 2018. 

The BID will review submitted materials and select one or more concepts by November 14, 2018. 


About the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID)
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. As Virginia’s largest downtown, the Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard - Arlington area consists of 18.6 million square feet of office space in a mixed-use, walkable urban center that includes more than 32,000 residents, over 5,800 hotel rooms, and nearly 500 restaurants and shops. More than $342 million in public infrastructure investment and $2 billion of private projects are in the pipeline over the next five years. The BID is supporting the area’s exciting transformation through business development, placemaking, creative events, and strategic communications. For more information, visit