Arts Council New Orleans in partnership with the Young Artist Movement (YAM) and City of New Orleans seeks a qualified metal fabricator to work with a professional artist and team of New Orleans youth to create two permanent public art projects to be installed at two locations in the Gentilly Resilience District. The selected fabricator is responsible for providing the materials, equipment, and labor to create and install the two sculptures. 

These youth-driven public art projects are in conjunction with a series of multidisciplinary public art projects to be installed throughout the Gentilly Resilience District. Public art will elevate public awareness and understanding of the canal and the important role that it plays in the city’s day-to-day functions, as well as to the possibilities that the canal holds for Gentilly and the city as a whole. Collectively, artist projects are intended to excite the public imagination, engage residents, and raise awareness about New Orleans’ climate vulnerability, resilience efforts, flood mitigation, and green infrastructure improvements while offering new amenities and recreation opportunities. 


Scope of Work 

See Exhibit A on pg. 6 of the RFP for a description of the two sculptures and their specifications. The fabricator will be required to:

  • Source and procure materials and equipment needed for fabrication of the two sculptures; 
  • Guide YAM lead artist and youth interns through the fabrication process to ensure quality and integrity of the sculptures, including: plasma cutting; aluminum casting; laser etching; painting and/or powder coating. 
  • Fabricate steel and aluminum walls in smaller components such that walls can be delivered in pieces and attached together on-site without the need for a crane or other heavy equipment. 
  • Deliver and install artwork on the two sites by July 1, 2020.

The fabricator is not responsible for the engineering review or construction of the concrete footings for the sculptures. 

The selected fabricator is responsible for providing the materials, equipment, and labor to create and install the two sculptures. We recognize that not all fabricators will have the capabilities and equipment to fulfill all of the needed services and metal-working techniques. The selected fabricator may subcontract with other fabricators who possess the needed skills in other areas.  However, the selected fabricator is ultimately responsible for delivering all components of the sculpture projects. 

Project Timeline

The project timeline is as follows. This schedule is subject to change based on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak

Finalization of Designs with Lead Artist: April 2020 

Fabrication of Steel and Aluminum Walls: May 2020

Laser Etching and Aluminum Casting with Youth Interns: June 2020 

Installation: By July 1, 2020

Eligibility & Minimum Requirements 

This call is open to professional metal fabricators. To qualify, fabricators must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have at least 5 years of experience as a metal fabricator. 
  • Carry personal liability insurance for the duration of the project until installation is complete and accepted.
  • Meet all contractual obligations, legal requirements, and adhere to the timeline provided.

Qualified applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Excellence in aluminum and steel fabrication;
  • Technical knowledge of the metal-working techniques required to execute the two sculpture designs, including aluminum casting, plasma cutting, laser etching, and powder coating (see Exhibit A for sculpture designs); 
  • Willingness to work with professional and youth artists to guide them in the proper use of metal-working techniques, to demonstrate the fabrication process, and to the extent possible, participate in the aspects of the fabrication process that are safe. 

The following are preferred but not required: 

  • Prior experience working with artists to fabricate and install sculptures;
  • Prior experience working with youth in classroom or out-of-school programs or understanding of youth mentorship through personal experience serving as a mentor. 


Questions about the project should be addressed to:

Sarah Woodward, Programs Director, Arts Council New Orleans


(504) 458-4674

For complete information about this call for fabricators, please refer to the Request for Proposals.




*this call is for property owners only*

The Arts Council New Orleans is excited announce Unframed: presented by The Helis Foundation, Downtown’s first multi-mural exhibition. Unframed is a collaboration between The Helis Foundation and the Arts Council to commission murals by local and international artists in the New Orleans Arts District. 

The application is easy and free! If you own a property within the boundaries of Loyola Avenue, Poydras Street, Calliope Street and Tchoupitoulas Street, and would like to be considered for a mural, sign-in or register for an account! 

Once you're logged-on, the application will appear at the bottom of this announcement. 


Questions about the program should be addressed to:

Alphonse Smith


Place & Civic Design Director

Arts Council New Orleans 

The Arts Market of New Orleans seeks new vendor applications from artists creating original and unique works of art and creative goods. The Arts Market of New Orleans is an outdoor festival held monthly at Palmer Park, featuring local artists and creative vendors from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

There is a $20 non-refundable application fee for applying to the Arts Market New Orleans.

We are currently accepting applications in all mediums including, but not limited to painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and bath and body. All applications are juried monthly on a rolling basis with the exception of jewelry vendors.

Mediums with Special Caveats:

Jewelry: Applications for jewelers are only reviewed once a calendar year. We are currently accepting applications for this medium now through Monday, March 11, 2019. All applications after that will be tabled for jury in 2020.

Bath & Body Products, Candles: We are currently accepting items in this medium. These products must also undergo an in-person sampling with our jurors. Those who are applying for this field must provide our 5 person jury with samples of their various products.


  • All applicants must be current residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama
  • All work created solely by the prospective applicant
  • 80% or more of the work must be handmade, not commercially acquired or appropriated.
  • All applicants must review and agree to the Rules of the Arts Market prior to submitting a new vendor application.  Complete Arts Market Rules may be found on our website.


Application Guidelines:


Please note:  We reserve the right to reject applicants who fail to meet the requirements listed below as well as prospective applicants whose works do not reflect the caliber or quality already being presented at the Arts Market of New Orleans. Further inquires can be directed to Katie Odell at artsmarket@artsneworleans.org

  1. Incomplete vendor applications
  2. Failure to submit application and fees by given deadline
  3. Artist images submitted as a non-digital format.  Booth set up image must be included in application.
  4. If subject matter and/or technique is already thoroughly represented by current Arts Market artists

For more information about the Arts Market please visit our website.

Best of luck to you!

Arts Council New Orleans