Artist All-Call

Bay Area and California Artists are encouraged to participate in the open artist-all-call announcements. Current projects are listed by open date order, and submission criteria is made available within each announcement.

Mural on D Street

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Purpose:  To commission artwork to honor the Ohlone Nation both past and present, for the newly constructed Plaza in downtown Hayward at the corner of C street and Mission Boulevard. The artwork should make a strong aesthetic and educational statement, as well as beautify the Plaza.  Overall, we are interested in artwork that does the following:

  • Beautify Plaza;
  • Have meaningful content;
  • Preserve an often marginalized history;
  • And demonstrate respect for indigenous community both past and present.

Basic Criteria: Required criteria, including but are not limited to the following:

  • Proposed art shall display a high level of artistic quality and craftsmanship that supports and enhances the General Plan of Hayward;
  • Honors the intended group(s);
  • Historically accurate;
  • Manageable for the proposed site at Hayward Heritage Plaza;
  • Weatherproof and positioned for permanent visibility;  
  • Shall be structurally sound, be accessible to the public, and present no environmental or safety hazard;
  • Subject to review by the IA Committee, Library Commission, Hayward City Council, and any experts those groups seek to retain in order to determine completion.


  • Call For Artists open through March 20 2020.
  • Artist contacted mid-April 2020.
  • Artist creates final Plaza artwork May-July 2020, in consultation with IAC as needed.
  • Install artwork and unveil August/September 2020.  With Blessing and Celebration.

Indigenous Artwork Committee (IAC):

Selection Process:

We are currently open to select an artist.  The limited budget will be based on appropriateness of the artist’s media and experience for specific project requirements.  Applicants who are qualified and interested in this project should submit an application.  The Indigenous Artwork Committee (IAC) will convene a Qualification Panel to review applications.


Applicants will first be screened for the minimum qualification criteria as follows: 

  • The application is complete. 
  • The application submitted represents the artist’s own original creative work. 
  • The artwork submitted reflects basic professional quality of craftsmanship, mastery of skills and techniques, and/or communication of a unique vision or perspective.
  • The artist’s resume reflects evidence of professional competence. Qualifying activities may include some combination of the following: education and training as an artist; an exhibition record; previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional practice. 

The Qualification Panel will use the following criteria to score all qualifying applications

  • Artistic excellence and professional competence.
  • Artist’s meaningful connection to the Ohlone community and history.  Motivation and education apparent.
  • Appropriate imagery, style or approach for public space. A broad range of imagery and styles appropriate for a public place may be considered, from figurative, representational, abstract, or non-objective. Examples of non-appropriate imagery include artwork with sexually explicit content. A preferred approach should include conversation with the IAC in the design or making of the artwork.

The panel’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Hayward City Council for final approval. 


Learn more about the Heritage Plaza Project


REQUIRED:  Artists must read the “required” research provided below to prepare and are encouraged to review the suggested reading as well.   



As well as community conversations, engaging in collaborative research.


How To Apply

Applications are available on the Call for Artists page of the City of Hayward website. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. The deadline for submittal is March 20, 2020 by 5:00pm.

Application materials include: 


1. Letter of Interest, one page maximum.  Including:

- Summary of your artistic focus. This should include a brief description of your inspirations and interests that are reflected in your artwork.

- Summary of your professional career, and how your experiences may qualify you for this public art project.


2.  Resume

- A simple resume, outlining your work.


3.  Please answer the following, in one paragraph

- What motivates you to apply for this project to honor the Ohlone Nation both past and present?


4.  2-5 images of previous work 

- We accept all image file types up to 5MB.  Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels.


5.  Image descriptions

- Please include the title, medium, dimensions, year and price (if applicable) for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.



Submit Your Application For The Hayward Heritage Artwork Project