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Applying for Public Art Opportunities with Estrella Esquilín

November 30, 2023 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

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Applying for Public Art Opportunities event with Estrella Esquilín

Applications for public art commissions are always a welcome topic for artists. Beyond the usual questions about application preparation, many applicants for public art projects want to know specifics about how to make their materials standout to win jobs.

Join visual artist and independent cultural strategist Estrella Esquilín, as she expertly navigates the process of applying for public art opportunities, while also offering strategies to: improve your application for more substantial projects; refine your project self-selection process; and acquire invaluable tips for strengthening your cover letters and artist statements.

This session will be held online from 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM ET.

Esquilín’s presentation will be followed by an interactive workshop engaging session participants.

The questions that will serve as the framework for the guest speaker’s presentation are:

  • How can rookie artists showcase their ability in an application to take on “bigger” public art projects (essentially, leveling up)?
  • How can artists improve their own self-selection processes before applying to a project?
  • What are 3 – 5 main tips cultural workers and artists can use to improve their cover letters and statements?
  • How can artists select their best work samples?
  • How can artists demonstrate the importance of professional experience outside of the art world as useful for public art commissions?

Session Format

  • Introduction
  • Speaker Presentation & Audience Questions
  • Interactive Workshop
  • Conclusion


Participants will be divided into breakout rooms on Zoom. Registrants will be responsible for bringing 1 – 2 questions and/or 1 – 2 items that pertain to an application they are working on. Each room will be facilitated by an Office for Public Art staff member. The guest speaker will spend 10 minutes in each breakout room to answer questions and provide feedback before being rotated to the next room.

About Estrella Esquilín

Estrella Esquilín (she/her) is a visual artist and independent cultural strategist with decades of experience working to support arts workers within large and small universities, local government and nonprofit organizations. Based in the Southwest, Esquilín is curious about how people interact with, relate to, and impact each other in built and natural environments. She embeds her values of integrity, compassion, candor, community, service and creativity into her studio practice, administrative processes, program design, and creative professional development to narrow gaps of inequity within arts and culture.


Registration is $15. The button below will redirect you to Eventbrite where you will complete the transaction.



November 30, 2023
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Office for Public Art