Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018 (11:59 pm CST)

Eligibility: Artists and artist teams residing in Orleans Parish 

Budget: Maximum of $15,000

The City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Arts Council New Orleans, invites professional artists, which includes designers, craftspersons, and artisans residing in Orleans Parish to submit their qualifications for the design and fabrication of a "Key to the City of New Orleans." The award will be presented to distinguished guests and residents known for their outstanding civic contributions to New Orleans. 


The budget for this commission is $15,000 for 1,000 keys. The amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to, artist fees (design and labor), materials and equipment, and fabrication. 


This call is open to professional artists or artist teams led by a professional artist residing in the Greater New Orleans Area. Professional artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply. Community groups or non- professional artists must submit their application in conjunction with a professional artist who meets the eligibility requirements. 

To qualify, artists must also: 

  • Be 18 years of age or older; 
  • Have at least five years of experience as a professional artist; 
  • Be able to adhere to the timeline provided herein and meet all post-award contractual obligations; and
  • Be prepared to present their concept to an artist selection committee. 


Selection Procedure

  • Applications must be submitted electronically using this Submittable Platform (see "Submission Instructions" below). 
  • Proposals/qualifications will be evaluated by an artist selection committee of five individuals with relevant subject matter expertise.
  • Submissions must include all items listed in "Application Requirements" below. 
  • The artist selection commmittee will evaluate and rank each submission using the rubric described in "Selection Criteria" below. 
  • The committee, at its sole discretion, will shortlist a maximum of three artists for final consideration (“Finalists”). The artist selection committee may request an interview and/or presentation, if deemed neccesary. 

Selection Criteria 

The artist selection committee will select the artist that best meets the criteria based on the information contained in the artist’s response to the Call, any reference checks conducted, and information presented during any interview or presentation requested by the committee. Submissions will be evaluated using a five-point scoring system based on the following criteria: 

  • Artistic Excellence (Max of 5 points). Evidence of an established professional practice with strong artistic merit. Demonstrated proficiency in craftsmanship and technical knowledge of the materials and techniques in the artist’s chosen medium. 
  • Quality of Work Samples (Max of 5 points).  Evidence of strong aesthetic appeal and the ability to produce work with a high degree of technical expertise.
  • Artistic Vision of Preliminary Proposal (Max of 5 points).  Evaluation of the proposal’s uniqueness, creativity, innovativeness. Does it embrace a novel theme? Is the work underpinned by a strong conceptual response?
  • Overall Impression (Max of 5 points).  The overall quality and comprehensiveness of the submission package. Does the applicant successfully demonstrate their ability to design, fabricate, manage, and complete similar projects or custom elements on time and within budget? 

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (CST) on November 30, 2018. The artist selection committee reserves the right to reject any or all applications that, by its judgment, do not meet project requirements, and to revise the selection process accordingly.


Applicants must prepare and submit the following requirements online using the Arts Council’s Submittable platform (see here). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submissions must include:

  • Letter of Interest (Max. 500 words): Include a brief introduction to your work and explain your interest in the project. Be sure to discuss the concepts and ideas you explore and present in your practice. Team applications should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator.
  • Resume (Max. 2 pages): Tell us about your professional experience and accomplishments as an artist, an artisan, or a craftsperson. If applying as a team, the members may submit up to a maximum of two one-page resumes. Please include no more than two references. 
  • Work Samples (Max. of 10 images): Provide digital images with corresponding titles to match the Work Sample Description list.
  • Work Sample Description List (Max. 2 pages): For each image submitted, list the work sample’s title, date, size, and medium. You may also list the location of works currently on exhibition in galleries and/or in a public space. 
  • Concept Proposal (Max. 500 words):  Tell us about your design concept. This is an opportunity to discuss potential themes, subject matter, vision, and process for creating the work.  
  • Concept Design (preferred): Please include a preliminary/rough sketch or sketches with dimensions. The dimensions and shape may be defined by the artist, but must be consistent in terms of quality, availability, and price. The design should reference the "City of New Orleans" with an inscription or other design element. The proposal must also discuss the type of material(s) and method you intend to use to fabricate the key. 
  • If an applicant elects to not submitt a rough sketch, she/he must submit a detailed description detailing the above information. 
  • Proposal Supplements: Please include a detailed preliminary budget and fabrication timeline.    


  • To apply, click the link provided in the “Application Requirements” section. You will be redirected to our Submittable page, which contains our current artist opportunities. 
  • Click the Submit button next to the opportunity that you wish to apply for, or if you are already within an opportunity, scroll down to the “Create your account / Have an account?” sign-in form. 
  • If you already have a Submittable account, click the “Have an account? Sign-in” tab to sign-in. If you don’t remember your password, use the “Forgot?” link on the login form. 
  • If you don’t have a Submittable account, you must create one to apply. Create your free account by filling out the “Create your account” form. Fill in all information and click the Create Account and Continue button to continue with the submission process. You can now use this account login when submitting to all future Arts Council opportunities. 


Artist Selection Period

  • Artist Call Published: November 9, 2018
  • Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Review Period: December 3 to 7, 2018
  • Finalists Notification: December 12, 2018 

Announcement of Selected Artist: December 2018 

Final product must be delivered by February 1, 2019

* timeline subject to change



Alphonse Smith 

Place & Civic Design Director

Arts Council New Orleans

1307 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Suite 100

New Orleans LA 70113




*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. Its inaugural exhibition will debut in the Spring of 2019.  

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, and textiles. We are not accepting bath and body or jewelry vendors at this time. 

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

For more information about the Arts Market please visit our website


  • 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:


The Arts Market of New Orleans reserves the right to reject any prospective vendor applicants based on the following criteria: 


  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



Best of luck to you!

Arts Council New Orleans