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The Water Public Art Challenge asks teams to propose temporary public art projects that successfully build connections between different cultures through creative expression. The theme of each public art project must reflect the legacy of the ancient Hohokam culture by offering today’s desert dwellers and visitors a better understanding of the region’s irrigation engineering and agricultural achievements.

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The Huhugam* built irrigation canals to supply water to their crops and their engineering and agricultural achievements remain an important part of the region’s history. For more details on the Huhugam* and their cultural impact on the Valley of the Sun, visit the Resources page.

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The Water Public Art Challenge is a team-based competition. Your team structure may include:


Each team must include an artist/arts organization and someone who has authority over a public or private space to be used for the artwork.


Refer to the Rules for a complete set of eligibility requirements.

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You must first register no later than Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific. Registration is a simple two-step process. First, create a username and password and then check your inbox to confirm your registration. Next, complete the online registration form. Once you are registered, submit your application no later than Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

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The Water Public Art Challenge will consist of three rounds of review:


  1. During Peer-to-Peer Review, each team lead will score and comment on five applications from other teams, using four criteria included in the trait-scoring rubric: relevant, visible, feasible, and compelling. All scores are normalized for fairness. The Peer-to-Peer Review will result in a rank order of all valid submissions. Informed by this rank order, the top scoring submissions will move on to the Technical/Cultural Advisory Committee (TCAC).
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  3. The Technical/Cultural Advisory Committee will review the top-scoring applications to ensure cultural appropriateness and determine how well the project incorporates the link to the Hohokam history that brought water to our region. Applicants who advance past this stage will be named as Finalists.
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  5. Using the trait-scoring rubric, the Selection Committee members will score and comment upon each of the Finalists. These applications will receive an additional five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Based on the Selection Committee review, five Winners will be determined.
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Five teams will be named as Winners and each will receive $50,000 to support the installation of their proposed art project.

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In the landscape of competitions, the Water Public Art Challenge is committed especially to a high standard of openness, fairness, and transparency. Our goal is to honor the creative expression of Arizona artists that use a new lens to illustrate the history of water in our region, while honoring its link to the Huhugam*.

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Proposals for temporary public art installations in the greater Phoenix area that emphasize the historical significance of the Huhugam* contributions to our present-day existence. For more information about the Huhugam*, visit the Resources page.

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Your proposed project should be a temporary art installation located in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and surrounding communities (Valley of the Sun).

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Please email info@azprizes.org if you have any questions about the competition or your application. Also, once you have registered, you may post questions or requests for clarification on the discussion forums. Staff dedicated to answering any questions or clarifying any issues will be monitoring the discussion forums.