Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light

Request for Temporary Public Art Proposals

Deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Arizona time (year-round Mountain Standard Time)

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

Budget: $5,000 and $30,000 (USD), with a limited number of larger budgets being awarded to new commissions and/or 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, as well as in pre-selected sites throughout downtown Scottsdale during Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light. Canal Convergence will be on view for 10 days, from November 5–14, 2021. Some projects may be selected to stay installed for an additional 1–2 months after the Canal Convergence event dates. This year’s central theme is Art and Technology. Download the RFP PDF for more information event themes. See the link below.

This call is specifically targeting interactive and/or light-based installations.

Download the RFP, list of requirements, and format for submission here:

Download the artwork installation sites information here:

Link to folder with high-res images of Canal Convergence sites:

High-Res Site Images


Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to Jennifer Gill, public art manager for Canal Convergence, at

Jennifer will also be reserving blocks of time in February and March where artists can schedule up to 30-minute sessions via zoom or phone call to discuss their ideas for Canal Convergence. The dates of these sessions are Thursday, February 25, and Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Please email Jennifer directly to find out and schedule available times.

COVID-19 Considerations in 2021

Scottsdale Public Art is continuing to monitor status of the COVID-19 global Scottsdale Public Art is continuing to monitor status of the COVID-19 global pandemic. There is still a great amount of uncertainty surrounding the event industry; however, given the advancements of the past few months, we feel hopeful about the future and the prospect of being able to gather again in November. We are currently planning for an event where physically interactive artworks, as well as other in-person programming, can return. As new information becomes available, we will work with our artists and adjust plans accordingly to present another year of engaging art experiences.

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