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Hayward to commission new Heritage Plaza artwork honoring Ohlone Nation

February 11, 2020

A rendering of the future Heritage Plaza

Bay Area and California artists are invited to apply for a commission for artwork honoring the Ohlone Nation, past and present, for inclusion in a newly constructed Heritage Plaza at C and Mission streets across from the new downtown Hayward Public Library.

The City seeks a work that makes a strong aesthetic and educational statement—and that beautifies the Plaza, contains meaningful content, preserves an often-marginalized history, and demonstrates respect for indigenous communities.

Artist qualifications for consideration and applications will be reviewed by a City Indigenous Artwork Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Hayward City Council for final approval.

The call for artists is open through March 13—with a current timeline that calls for a contract to be issued in mid-April; creation of the final Plaza artwork (in consultation with the Indigenous Artwork Committee) by July 2020; and installation with a blessing and celebration in August or September 2020.

To learn more about the artist all-call and Heritage Plaza project, and to subscribe to be notified of future art-commissioning opportunities, visit the City of Hayward website.