Art Project


ātac: downtown arts + music and Framingham’s Earth Day Festival are looking for an artist to lead the community creation of an environmentally-themed public art piece! The creation of the artwork will take place at the festival with the help of the community. The finished piece will then be transported to ātac and be displayed on the grounds of ātac year-round.

This year will be the 10th anniversary of the Framingham Earth Day Festival, held on Saturday, April 25th from 11am-4pm. This non-profit, zero-waste environmental event is held on the Framingham Common at the corner of Edgell Rd and Route 9, near Framingham State University each year. The mission of the Framingham Earth Day Festival is to support Framingham on its journey towards sustainability and to make eco-friendly information and lifestyle choices more easily accessible to members of the community. The festival includes recycling opportunities, yoga, kids craft tables, local music and notable speakers on stage, vendors selling environmentally-friendly products and services, environmental groups with information tables, local food vendors, and more.

This year we wish to communicate with the public about the environment through the emotional, physical connection that creating art can provide. A large, public-interactive artwork created during the festival would complement the other types of information provided to festival-goers during the event, and provide a personal experience that connects them to the event and their community.

The artwork must:

  • Be environmentally-themed
  • Use a majority of recycled, upcycled, repurposed and/or environmentally-friendly materials, found through donations, and/or through groups such as Freecycle or Buy Nothing Framingham, along with materials that ātac may be able to provide to repurpose. Minimum materials are purchased.
  • Be able to be finished in one day
  • Allow for participation from individuals with varying creative skills, ages, and abilities
  • Be able to be transported from the festival to ātac at the end of the day
  • Be able to be displayed long-term outdoors

Artist will receive a $500 stipend and a negotiated budget for materials.
Please submit your proposal to by February 29th.

Proposal should include:

  • A drawing and a written description of finished work
  • A clear plan for community participation
  • Cost of materials, and explanation of how most materials are obtained and are environmentally friendly, upcycled, recycled, etc.
  • Portfolio
  • Resume

The proposals will be reviewed and the selected proposal will be announced by March 7th, so that the artist will have about two months to work on the project. We look forward to reviewing the proposals and having community art created during the festival!