Dover Placemaking Project - Traveling Art Display

The Dover Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the Dover-Sherborn High School Art Department, and with funding provided by the Dover Cultural Council is excited to bring this opportunity to high school aged local artists. 

According to the Project for Public Spaces website:  

...placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.

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2021 Dover Traveling Public Art 

Call for Entries 

Deadline: November 12, 2021


Your mission: Create a placemaking 3D artwork that inspires and unifies our community as it travels from one Parks & Recreation maintained space to another.

  • Please submit one work per individual or group. Groups of 2-5 collaborating individuals will be accepted. 
  • The lead artist must be a Dover resident. Proof of residency may be verified with a mail item or form of ID. 
  • A panel of 4-5 leaders in Dover’s art community will select the artwork to be installed. 
  • The winning entry will receive a $1,343 stipend ($537 for design/project management & $806 for fabrication). 
  • The artist(s) or a representative familiar with the work must be available and present at an opening event (TBD April, 2022) as well as other public opportunities to discuss the art no more than 3 times.

Please follow these guidelines as you formulate your proposal: 

  • Your detailed, typed description of no more than 2 pages (plus 1 visual aid page) should explain how the piece will be installed and moved to each location. The Parks & Recreation Department can provide vehicles to transport artwork of these dimensions: 12ft x 12ft. (Larger artworks can be broken into smaller pieces and moved in multiple trips or you may arrange for alternative transportation.)
  • Artist(s) should include a statement about how their piece travels well between outdoor sites in Dover as well as ways the work highlights and adapts to multiple sites. Illustrated plans and weather resistant material lists are strongly encouraged. 
  • Artwork requiring power, electricity or batteries will NOT be considered due to safety concerns. 
  • After the panel chooses an artwork in December, the artist(s) will receive funding to begin testing and fabrication. Installation for the first public art site will be planned for early March.
  • Potential sites include but are not limited to:  
    • Channing Pond (Springdale Ave.) 
    • Caryl Community Center lawn (Springdale/Center) 
    • Dover-Sherborn Middle and High School campus (Farm St.) 
    • Chickering School campus (Cross St.)
    • Dover Library lawn (Dedham St.)  

Completed submissions must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, November 12, 2021.  

Mailing address: 

          Dover Parks & Recreation

          Attn: Public Art

          P.O. Box 250

          Dover, MA 02030 

Please direct all questions/concerns to Beth McGuire, Dover Parks & Recreation Department either by email or at 508-785-0476.

*Feel free to share with local students and artists!*

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