Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light

Request for Proposals

Deadline:  April 3, 2020 | 11:59 p.m. Arizona time (year-round mountain standard time)

NOTE: This deadline has been extended by two weeks from the original March 20 deadline due to the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility:  All local, regional, and international artists, artist teams/collectives, architects, designers, and multimedia specialists are invited to submit a proposal for Canal Convergence.

Exhibition Dates: November 6–15, 2020

Budget:  $5,000 – $30,000 (With a limited number of larger budgets being awarded to major works of a larger physical scale.)

Description: Scottsdale Public Art seeks proposals for outdoor, temporary public artworks to be featured in, around, and suspended above the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale, Arizona, during Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light. Canal Convergence will be on view for 10 days, from November 6–15, 2020. Some projects may be selected to stay installed for an additional 1–2 months after the Canal Convergence event dates.

Canal Convergence’s mission is to provide an authentic and immersive art experience in and around the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale. This free and immersive event features innovative large-scale art installations, educational programming, family-oriented activities, guided bike rides, art-making workshops, and artist talks. Canal Convergence also offers a broad selection of live music, spoken word, and dance performances throughout all 10 days.

This call is specifically targeting interactive and/or light-based installations.
Separate calls for live performances and programming not specifically related to the public art installations will be posted on this webpage in spring 2020 for artists interested in proposing educational and hands-on workshops, dance or music performances, and other programming elements. An additional, separate call for Local Light, a temporary, light-based public art initiative linking Canal Convergence at the Scottsdale Waterfront to Old Town Scottsdale, will be posted in March 2020.

Proposals must be submitted via email to with the subject line “Canal Convergence 2020 Art Proposal.” Download the RFQ file linked below for more information on how to format your submission, installation site photos, and artwork themes for 2020.

Have some questions or want to discuss your ideas before you submit your proposal? Attend a Coffee Talk.

Please reach out directly to Jennifer Gill, public art manager for Canal Convergence, at if you have any questions or need more specific site information or photos.

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