Public Art Roster Needs Artists

 The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces a call for local, regional and also national public artists for inclusion on its public art roster.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis now through June 30, 2024.

The Foundation builds connections, pools resources, and provides leadership to enrich quality of life in these eight counties in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren.  Furthermore, through its work in northern New Jersey, the regional organization seeks to develop more creative and inspiring places, greener and healthier places, and more places of belonging and opportunity.

The Foundation seeks to expand the public art landscape in northern New Jersey by addressing key issues.  These issues include environmental preservation, mental health, and also belonging through art accessible to all.  To accomplish this, the NNJCF’s ArtsBergen, one of the largest producers of public art in Bergen County, New Jersey, plans to grow its roster of artists capable of creating meaningful public art that incorporates community participation and input.  The organization seeks a diverse group of artists and artist teams.  These include social practice artists, sculptors, and installation artists.  In addition, ArtsBergen needs muralists, and multi-media and projection artists.  Artists, who are interested and skilled in producing innovative and creative artworks and experiences in the municipalities the NNJCF serves, may apply.

Public artists may submit their applications for inclusion on a public art roster.

ArtsBergen announces a call for public art artists to submit their applications for inclusion on a public art roster.


Potential for Paid Work

This call for artists offers opportunities to be included in a pool for potential paid work.  From the applications submitted, the NNJCF plans to compile the talent information into a roster of artists to call upon for the development and implementation of projects.  Ultimately, the roster becomes the main tool for choosing artists for public art projects, as well as a resource to match municipal interest and artist disciplines, styles, and foci.


The roster is open to local, regional, and national artists.  In addition, all artists outside of the state must be able and willing to travel to New Jersey.  Applicants may include individual artists, artist teams, or artist collectives.  In addition, artists must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States.


Applicants must:

  • demonstrate the ability to work with and also engage community members to incorporate their input into the artistic process;
  • understand the need to explore the history, demographics, and use of the site of the artwork;
  • exhibit high artistic quality and originality;
  • display a unique voice and viewpoint in their artwork;
  • show interest in exploring environmental issues and other social matters through art; and
  • have experience creating public art specifically for the outdoors.


All artists complete an online application for possible inclusion on the ArtsBergen Public Art Roster.  For further information and an application, go to the online site.  Submit inquiries to Danielle De Laurentis, associate director of the NNJCF, at

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