Downtown STL Public Art Initiative and InSITE 2020

The Downtown STL Public Art Initiative is leading the charge to bring more public art to Downtown.

The Initiative represents the action phase of the Downtown STL Public Art Plan, which was developed through a yearlong process that engaged Downtown residents, workers, visitors, organizations, elected officials, developers, and businesses to present a shared vision and practical strategies for how public art can serve as a critical tool in Downtown’s ongoing transformation and resurgence.

The Downtown STL Public Art Initiative exists to make ideas a reality and to implement the vision of the Downtown STL Public Art Plan that public art will support building a dense, inclusive, and culturally vibrant downtown that is a vital anchor to the region.

The Initiative does this by:

  • Developing and leading new public art projects
  • Partnering with other downtown stakeholders to launch and manage projects
  • Acting as a resource for developers, property owners, arts, and community organizations and artists wishing to initiate their own public art projects


InSITE 2020

As part of its efforts, the Downtown STL Public Art Initiative announces InSITE 2020.

InSITE 2020 invites artists to share and develop ideas for site-specific, temporary public artworks that they would like to create in the Downtown St. Louis core that impact how we see Downtown — from the actual physical character, to different views and sightlines, to our views or perceptions of what this area is and can be — encouraging exploration, curiosity, and a new way of seeing.

InSITE 2020 Call for Artists

Open until May 19, 2019!

We invite artists to propose temporary public artworks based on their own ideas and art practices at sites of their own choosing in the core of Downtown St. Louis. Projects must be installed in the spring of 2020 and can be on view from one month to one year.

Selection Process: Submittals will be evaluated by the Downtown Public Art Advisory Committee, a group of arts and design professionals, Downtown residents and Downtown business owners, who will short-list a group of finalists. Finalists will be provided with a stipend to develop their ideas into Concept Proposals. It is anticipated that a minimum of five final projects will be selected.

Budget: Projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 (inclusive of design, supplies, insurance, engineering, fabrications, delivery, installation and de-installation) will be considered. The total budget available for all projects is $100,000.

Eligibility: This Call for Artists is open to established and emerging artists who have a connection to the St. Louis region. Partnerships between local and non-local artists are eligible. No previous public art experience is required.

Deadline: Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on May 19, 2019.

Review the complete InSITE 2020 Call for Artists application instructions (PDF)

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Want More Information?

For complete information including webinars and slides from the info sessions, visit RAC’s main website.

Learn more about the Downtown STL Public Art Initiative and Plan

Downtown STL Public Art Plan Executive Summary (PDF)

Downtown STL Public Art Plan Full (PDF)