Robinson Park Recreation Center Capital Public Art Project Ongoing, Artist Wanted – Pasadena Now


Work is underway to find a California-based artist or team to create permanent public art at the Robinson Park Recreation Center, a multi-purpose recreation center that offers a range of activities for Pasadenans.

The Cultural Affairs Division of the Planning and Community Development Department recently announced that Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for the Robinson Park Recreation Center Capital Public Art Project are now available online.

Applications opened on February 22 and will close on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Interested applicants should visit

At the Arts and Culture Commission meeting on Thursday, March 10, the city’s director of public art, Corey Dunlap, explained to commissioners the ongoing selection process for the project’s artist.

He said that after the application deadline, the Artist Section Committee will conduct a preliminary ranking and review of all applicants and, after a series of selection committee meetings, will identify the finalists they want to invite for interviews.

According to Dunlap, the artist or team will be selected based on the quality of their past work and their ability to create art that reflects the local history of Northwest Pasadena.

At the final stage, at least four artists will be invited to present a very brief presentation of their practice. To conclude the selection process, the jury will identify a main artist and a backup artist for the commission.

“The back-up artist is just in case the lead artist isn’t able to complete the order or something goes wrong, we like to have a backup just in case,” Dunlap said.

The jury’s decision will be forwarded to the Arts and Culture Commission for review and recommendation. Subsequently, municipal staff will sign an agreement with the artist for the work.

Dunlap said the panel is expected to issue a decision no later than June, while the commission is expected to rule by July.

Once the agreement is reached, the artist or team will engage with the community through a series of workshops and events and then submit a proposed artwork concept to the Arts and Crafts Commission. culture for examination.

The City’s Capital Improvement Public Art Program requires that one percent of the City’s Capital Improvement Program budget be allocated to artwork.

According to Dunlap, a budget of $200,000 is allocated for the development and implementation of the Robinson Park Recreation Center public art project.

The public art project is “intended to enrich community life, engage a broad spectrum of Northwest Pasadena residents, and enhance the visual character of the neighborhood,” according to city staff.

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