National Artists Call for Playable Art DC - Deadline to apply is August 23rd

👩🏽‍💻 Attention Folks! Playable Art installation locations include Anacostia Library in Ward 8, Greenway Neighborhood in Ward 7 and Kennedy Street in Ward 5. Read the entire RFQ guidelines because there are a lot of stipulations on who is eligible and not eligible to apply.


The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities (CAH) in partnership with the District of Columbia Office of Planning (DCOP) is excited to announce a national call to artists for the Playable Art DC, a creative play and placemaking project.  This project is made possible through a grant from ArtPlace America. We are seeking artists and design professionals with prior site-specific public art experience to design, fabricate and install playable artworks at three unique sites in Washington, DC. The competition includes two selection processes: qualifications and site specific designs.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) – Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on prior work demonstrating a minimum of four years of site-specific public art and/or placemaking experience. Up to three finalists will be selected for each of the three sites.

Site Specific Designs – Selected finalists for each site will be required to visit the locations and participate in community input sessions.  This will form the basis for the development of site-specific designs that will be evaluated to determine a winning proposal for each site.  The intention is to create engaging and playful works of art that will be a source of neighborhood pride for all residents.

Each location will have a site-specific selection panel that will evaluate applications, select finalists, sit for finalist presentations and select a winning proposal.

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET

Project Manager Staff Contact:
Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar |

To obtain a Clean Hands Certification for a non-DC resident, please first create and register an account online with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue system. Go to Use the step by step guide under Attachment(s). Once you receive an emailed notification of registration, go online and request a clean hands form at Step by step guide available below. For questions, please contact Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar at (202) 724-5613 or via email at

FY20 Playable Art DC (RFQ) - Guidelines - 1.4 MB (pdf)

Online Tax Registration - Step by Step Guide - 1.6 MB (pdf)