Call for Artists: NEIGHBORHOOD treasures

Monrovia Treasures

Monrovia, CA

About Monrovia Treasures

The Neighborhood Treasures Program celebrates Monrovia heroes for their contributions to the community through public art. The art pieces are unique to the specific person being honored. The art will enrich the lives of those who view it and improve neighborhoods just by its presence. The art piece will be attached to a Neighborhood Treasure post with plaque (provided by the City) that provides data on the recipient. The post provides a consistent identifying marker for the program.  See the image on the bottom right of this page for a post previously used.



Artists are asked to submit a detailed design for the art piece. The design needs to provide a good understanding of how the artwork will look attached to the post.  Installations will primarily take place in public parkways generally ten feet wide. City Staff asks that the artist work with the post fabricator to ensure the proper placement of the art. A stipend of $12,000 will be awarded to the artist who designs and creates the chosen art.   

Required Submission

The Neighborhood Treasures public art will be unique to the person and site and could be realized through various media such as paintings, statues, mosaics, etc. Other requirements include:

  • Able to withstand diverse weather conditions
  • Be able to be attached to the post  
  • Made out of durable material
  • A maximum of 30 inches tall and wide  
  • Not present any safety concerns for pedestrians
  • Unique to the honoree and compatible with the neighborhood
  • Art must have the words NEIGHBORHOOD TREASURE included on it



Bettie Mae Scott was a World War II WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) who died while serving her country. Her father was the Chief of Police in Monrovia. She was a graduate of Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School, and attended Pasadena Junior College. In October 1943, she entered the Army Airforce Training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, and graduated on April 15, 1944. She was an engineering test pilot and was stationed at Waco Army Air Field in Texas. Bettie Mae was killed while flight testing a BT-13 Valiant aircraft. She was one of only thirty-eight WWII WASPs killed while in the service of their country. She died two weeks before her 23rd birthday and was engaged to be married later that month. Her coffin was sent home in a cheap pine box, and she received no military funeral as WASP’s were not “officially recognized” by the military until 1977. The City of Monrovia businesses shut down the day of her funeral, and the Police and Fire Department were the pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. Bettie Mae is buried at Live Oak Cemetery.

  • Bettie Mae’s artwork will be placed somewhere in close proximity to the Live Oak Cemetery (200 E. Duarte Rd.). Art work installation will take place the week of November 12, 2018 with a celebration being held on November 17, 2018.

2018 Schedule

Artwork Deadline – September 7

Art in Public Places Committee approval – September 11

Council approval – September 18

Artist Notifications – September 19

Project Completion – November 9

Art Installation – week of November 12


Submission Criteria

  • Letter of Interest
  • Design on a sheet of paper at least 8 ½ X 11”  
  • Exact dimensions
  • Proposed materials

Selection Design

Designs will be reviewed by City staff and the Art in Public Places Committee. Final decision will be made by Monrovia City Council.


Please submit design and all required specifications to:

Monrovia City Hall, Community Development Department  

415 S. Ivy Avenue, Monrovia CA  91016

Attention: Kerri Zessau

Please   contact Kerri Zessau    626.932.5564 or [email protected]us  with questions.

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