Artist Opportunities and Resources

Call for Artists: BLACK LIVES MATTER mural – Letter by Letter! 
The Palo Alto Public Art Program has commissioned 16 Bay Area artists to respond to the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement and take part in creating a collaborative mural in downtown Palo Alto. The artists and art collectives have been awarded a stipend to paint the collaborative BLACK LIVES MATTER temporary mural along Hamilton Ave in front of Palo Alto City Hall. Each artist is commissioned to paint an individual letter of the mural in their own style.

June 19, 2020 – Call for Artists Released
June 23, 2020 – 9 pm Deadline for submitting artist applications
June 24, 2020  
Awarded Artists are announced and letters assigned
June 25, 2020 – Noon deadline for submitting sketches for the mural
June 30, 2020 – Painting the BLACK LIVES MATTER mural in downtown Palo Alto!
Do you have any questions or difficulties submitting your application? Get in touch with the Public Art Program at and we will be happy to assist you! 
Interested in other ways to contribute to supporting this project? We will have a separate call out for volunteers very shortly to any community members interested in participating in the creation of the BLACK LIVES MATTER mural and supporting awarded artists. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and twitter to learn more about this project and how else you may get involved. 


Anti-Racism Resources 

Visit Californians for the Arts website for continually updated anti-racism resources. 


Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture & History introduction to Talking About Race and their full listing of related resources.


Visit Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc, which is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.


Visit Race Forward - founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.

Visit Racial Equity Tools for the Arts and Culture

Visit the Center for Cultural Power's No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide.

Visit the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity Tools and Resources Guide. 

Visit Until We are All Freea collaboration between CultureStrikeMobilize the Immigrant Vote, and Black Alliance for Just Immigration, responding to the call from Black leaders for immigrant and refugee rights advocates to boldly address racial justice and show up for Black lives. 


CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Resources for Artists

Visit Americans for the Arts (AFTA) website for up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field, including information about relief funds, resource pages and other helpful tools, articles and creative opportunities. 

Visit California Arts Council (CAC) website for COVID-19 related updates for members of the arts community in the state of California.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and business owners. 

COVID-19 Emergency Grants and Relief Funds

Artist Relief distributes $5000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

The Artist Relief Project offers artists of all disciplines to apply for assistance, if they have been impacted by COVID-19 related cancellations and closures.

The Safety Net Fund is for artists residing in the Bay Area who had an income of less than $1000 within the last 30 days. The maximum grant is $500 per person per month.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund is disbursing one-time $1500 grants to contemporary, experimental artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Rauschenberg Emergency Grants offers visual and media artists in the United States (American citizens or permanent residents) one-time grants of up to $5000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program provides grants of up to $15000 to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors who lack the resources to meet an unforeseen, catastrophic incident. This does not apply to loss or interruption of income due COVID-19.


Artist Opportunities

The Public Art Program works extensively with local, regional and national artists to bring permanent and temporary artworks that build the visual identity and reflect the diverse and exciting environment of the City of Palo Alto. Through its Percent for Art Program, the City provides opportunities for artists to create original works of art that comprise Palo Alto's rapidly growing collection of permanent and portable artworks.

All calls for upcoming public art projects are available on this page. If you would like to receive information about future art opportunities join our mailing list

Artists who wish to be considered for public art opportunities associated with construction in private development projects, contact Elise DeMarzo by email. 

Artist Resources

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Public Art Network                                      

PAN develops professional services for individuals and organizations engaged in the field of public art. PAN is dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment. 

AFTA Public Art Resource Center


An online portal that provides a wide range of tools and resources tailored to the needs of professionals working in the public art field.

Forecast Public Art

Fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking. For 40 years, Forecast has improved the collective life of communities through a unique combination of responsive consulting services, rare one-to-one support for public artists, and abundant resources, including Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art magazine. 



A comprehensive application management system to accept and review applications and capable of handling media, forms and references all in one place.


CaFÉ, Call for Entry 

A comprehensive tool for all artists looking for arts opportunities — from competitions to public art calls. Additionally, CaFÉ enables organizations to build their calls for artists,manage applications jurying process in a cost-effective way. 



An online community for artists and design professionals to showcase their work, collaborate with one another, and earn recognition for their projects.


Coffee Chat: Legal Support for Artists Why exactly do artists need lawyers and legal support? 
Adam Holofcener Esq., Executive Director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, discusses how artists operate as a business and the types of situations they can find themselves in that have legal implications (both good and not so good). 
**Click the button on the right-hand side of the page that says "View Video." Please note, you must be a AFTA member to view.