LA Metro 2022 Call Arts & Cultural Organizations

Metro Art

Los Angeles, CA

Metro Art invites Arts & Cultural Organizations to submit qualifications for the 2022 Arts & Cultural Organization Pool. Arts & cultural organizations that meet the eligibility listed below and successfully submit to the Pool will be considered for a range of future Metro art opportunities.

Los Angeles County is in the midst of a mobility transformation. Metro is building connections to improve regional access while centering the customer experience, equity, community engagement and quality of life for all residents. Metro Art directs all arts and cultural programs integrated into Metro projects and on Metro property and is the lead for all agency non-Metro property arts and cultural initiatives. Metro Art programs respond to distinct transportation, rider and community contexts and recognize that arts and culture reinforce belonging, expand mutual understanding and uplift the customer experience. With the Arts & Cultural Organization Pool, Metro Art seeks to build on its long history of collaborating with community-based organizations in support of innovative, community-responsive, mobility arts and cultural programs.

Please note: Only organizations are eligible apply to this call. Individual artists and/or artist teams are not eligible to apply.

Opportunities for Arts & Cultural Organizations
Metro Art contracts with arts and cultural organizations to support a range of programs throughout Los Angeles County. Anticipated opportunities include cultural programming, creative community engagement, cultural asset mapping, exhibition planning, educational and interpretive programs for people of all ages, tours, special events, community-specific arts related data collection and analysis, and artwork commissions.
All-inclusive budgets may range from $1,000 to $250,000, depending on the project-specific scope and the duration of work.
Inclusion in the Arts & Cultural Organization Pool does not guarantee a contract or commission.

Organizational experience providing arts and cultural programs for a minimum of two years prior to the submittal deadline;
A connection to and experience working with one or more Los Angeles County neighborhoods; and
Active status as a registered business authorized to conduct business in the United States (Employer Identification Number required).

Review Process
All organizations that successfully submit an application via SlideRoom and meet the stated eligibility criteria will be included in the Pool. Candidates in the Arts & Cultural Organization Pool will be considered for a range of opportunities and may be notified if shorlisted to develop a proposal for a specific opportunity. The timing of short-list notification will be project specific.
The Arts & Cultural Organization Pool will remain active for a minimum of two years with the option to renew for up to two additional years. Inclusion in the Arts & Cultural Organization Pool does not guarantee a contract or commission.

Project Specific Evaluation Criteria

Project specific evaluation criteria will vary depending on the experience and skills required for future opportunities, and may include:
Demonstrated capacity to provide arts and cultural activities and/or data collection related to the specific opportunity;
Demonstrated capacity to collaborate with public participants on arts and cultural activities that support, honor and represent diverse narratives of LA communities;
Demonstrated organizational capacity evidenced through qualified creative and administrative personnel, board participation, fiscal stability and proven experience successfully delivering on-time on budget services of similar scale to the specific opportunity; and
Experience with and/or demonstrated connection to specific project area neighborhoods.

Submission Process

Information and support materials must be submitted through by 5:00pm (PDT) on June 1, 2022.
Required submittal materials include up to 15 digital files, an organizational mission statement and professional references.
Allow adequate time to familiarize yourself with the SlideRoom submittal process and to receive any needed technical support.
Applicants can receive technical support for SlideRoom submissions by emailing [email protected] or by accessing the online help desk:

Information submitted by mail, email, fax, hand-delivery or after the deadline will not be considered.
Incomplete submittals will not be reviewed.
Organizations that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered for the Pool.

Information Session
An online information session for applicants will be hosted by Metro Art on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm (PDT). Interested organizations are encouraged to attend the live info session or watch a recording of it online after the session. The session will be recorded and made available on this page for reference. Click here to register for the session on Eventbrite.

Submitted Q&A’s
Questions related to the Arts & Cultural Organization Pool should be submitted via email to [email protected] All questions submitted will be answered in the order received and posted weekly. Questions will be accepted until 5:00 pm (PDT) on May 25, 2022.


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