Call for Artists at Behavioral Health Resource Center | 1st Floor Common Wall

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The Regional Arts & Culture Council is seeking artists/artist teams living in Oregon and southern Washington to create a site-specific digital design for a 2-dimensional interior artwork for the common wall on the first floor of Multnomah County’s newly constructed Behavioral Health Resource Center. The budget available for the commissions comes from Multnomah County’s Percent for Art Program and is approximately from $15,000 – $20,000.

Multnomah County’s Behavioral Health Division is renovating a building at the corner of SW Oak & SW Park Ave in downtown Portland. This will be the site for a new comprehensive behavioral health resource center that will offer immediate basic services for people experiencing houselessness, substance use and/or mental health challenges.  The artwork will be scaled as a 2-dimensional artwork on the common wall in the first floor’s Day Center. This active space will be open to visitors who will have access to showers, laundry, peer counseling, housing, meal service and additional services. The artwork on the commons wall will be visible to visitors in the front lobby/common area as well as street and pedestrian traffic on SW Park Ave due to the large storefront windows.

Read the full details about this call and the center’s design goals, artist eligibility, and application materials.

Submissions Due: 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Rendering of the 1st Floor Common Wall

Who can apply?

Artists or artist teams living in Oregon and southern Washington are eligible to apply. If applying as a team, at least one member must meet the residence eligibility requirement. RACC is committed to engaging new communities of artists and expanding the range of artistic and cultural expression represented in the City’s public art collection. Artists who have experiences with houselessness, substance and/or mental health challenges will be prioritized.

Apply online in the RACC Opportunity Portal. (For first-time users of the portal, view a brief video learning how to register here.)

Learn more at two upcoming information sessions for artists:

  • Instagram Live – noon, Thursday, March 31
  • Zoom –  Wednesday, April 6 (RSVP here)

Follow Regional Arts & Culture Council on Facebook or @regionalarts on Instagram to stay informed of this and other upcoming opportunities.

Attendance is encouraged, but not required to apply for the project.

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Contact project manager Salvador Mayoral IV with questions or to set up a time for a phone call: