About the Challenge

Build connectivity between cultures through creative expression

The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the next challenge being offered under The New Arizona Prize. The Water Public Art Challenge will award a $50,000 prize to each of the five collaborative teams named as Winners.

The Water Public Art Challenge encourages the storytelling aspect and education opportunity afforded by public art while emphasizing the historical significance of the Hohokam People’s contributions to our present-day existence (for more details, visit the Resources page). Hohokam culture offers a foundation for understanding the history of engineering, architecture, technology, art, and trade in the Valley of the Sun.

In addition to Hohokam culture, your proposed art project may also help encourage a better understanding of the region’s irrigation engineering and agricultural achievements in a more contemporary context. Your team may consider installing your project along or near local water systems.

The Water Public Art Challenge is team-based and participating teams may include a team of individuals, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and governmental/tribal entities. 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. 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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About The New Arizona Prize

The New Arizona Prize, a philanthropic prize competition aimed at attracting new and innovative thinking to solve some of Arizona’s most pressing problems, was launched in 2014. The first challenge offered under The New Arizona Prize banner was the Water Consciousness Challenge. The $100,000 prize went to Beyond the Mirage, a team of videographers and marketers from the University of Arizona and Arizona Public Media. Their winning idea is a three-part, consciousness-raising digital strategy that includes an interactive web experience designed to educate and engage Arizonans about our water future, a full-length documentary film, and a classroom educational component. Learn more about their winning program at www.beyondthemirage.org. The second challenge offered was the Water Innovation Challenge, which awarded $250,000 to seed fund the Arizona Pure Brew Water Challenge, proposed by a coalition of water professionals representing local government, water utilities, academia and private partners. The winning solution combined an effluent-to-potable reuse technology, statewide mobile public engagement campaign, and local craft beer competition. Learn more about their winning solution at www.azpurewaterbrew.org.