Denver Public Art Opens Calls for Two New Projects: Congress Park Pool and Playground, Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Campus

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce an open call for two new Public Art. The first, a $600,000  commission for art at the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Central Branch campus, is open internationally.  The second, an $80,000 commission for art at the Congress Park pool and playground, is open to Colorado artists.  

Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Central Branch campus: 

Denver Public Art seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create original public artworks for the Denver Art  Museum and Denver Public Library Central Branch campus located in the heart of Denver and the Golden Triangle  Creative District. The artwork(s) should create a unique and inspiring experience for the diverse communities that visit  and enjoy the shared campus, and should be beacons or gateways for the community, drawing visitors to the space by engaging multiple senses through tactile, light and auditory components. 

Artists may submit qualifications for the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library public art project at

Congress Park: 

Denver Public Art seeks to commission a Colorado artist or artist team for site-specific artworks at the soon-to-be  renovated Congress Park pool and playground (850 Josephine St.). The artwork(s) should create an inspiring, joyful, safe and welcoming experience for the users of the pool, playground and park, enhancing the neighborhood culture,  celebrating the public space and improving the urban playground through tactile, interactive and kinetic artworks. 

Artists may submit qualifications for Congress Park pool and playground public art project at

Both Requests for Qualifications are open through Nov. 16, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MST at

For more information on these and other Denver Public Art opportunities, please visit artists. 


About Denver Arts & Venues 

Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and  entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most  renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver  Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III  granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S.  You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and  inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes. 

About Denver Public Art 

Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by  Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City, be set aside for the  inclusion of art. Over the past 30 years these artworks, along with the historic and donated works of art, make up the City’s Public Art  Collection. The Public Art Collection has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places. 

About the Denver Art Museum 

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences  with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the  world. The mission of the Denver Art Museum is to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the acquisition, presentation,  and preservation of works of art, supported by exemplary scholarship and public programs related to both its permanent collections and to  temporary exhibitions presented by the museum. 

About the Denver Public Library 

The Denver Public Library’s vision is a strong community where everyone thrives. Its mission is: Together, we create welcoming spaces where  all are free to explore and connect. 

About Congress Park pool and playground 

Built in 1955, the Congress Park Swimming Pool is one of the oldest outdoor pools in the City of Denver. The rehabilitation of the swimming  pool will accommodate the growing population and recreational trends and meet modern safety and maintenance standards. The project  includes the design and construction of a new, state-of-the-art swimming pool, bathhouse, and pump house, including surrounding  landscaping. The Congress Park playground project aims to replace the existing playground with a more extensive new playground that meets  the community’s needs for play value, accessibility, and safety. The redesigned playground will be in the same general area as the existing  playground and will be coordinated with the ongoing redesign of the Congress Park Swimming Pool.