Call to Artists Request for Proposal Public Art Opportunity Sit a Spell and Play a Tune


The City of Coronado seeks to involve local artists/teams to work with the 2018 Sit a Spell and Play a Tune Public Art Program to artistically decorate working pianos sited in Coronado public spaces. Artists will be required to create designs for an artistic piano to be installed in public areas in Coronado. To be considered artists/teams are required to develop and submit visual concepts for piano designs for jury review and selection. If approved by the City Council the final artwork submitted will be digitized and applied to console pianos via a graphic wrap process.

Sit a Spell and Play a Tune is a public art project of the City of Coronado and its Cultural Arts Commission. The program debuted in May 2017 with an artfully decorated piano installed in Coronado Rotary Plaza (Tenth Street and Orange Avenue) and remained at the site through the Annual Holiday Parade where it hosted a crowd of carolers. In 2018, the Cultural Arts Commission is currently working to expand this popular program to three pianos. This public art installation provides access to musical opportunity, fosters creativity, and builds a sense of community among the public and, in the process, raises awareness for public art initiatives as well as music.

To participate, artists must be 18 years or older and qualify as one of the following: 1) a resident of Coronado 2) an employee (20 hours or more), teacher or property owner in Coronado, or 3) an operator of a gallery in Coronado. All artwork must be original and the work of the registered applicant. 

The application deadline has been extended through March 23, 2018 at 10 p.m. The application packet for this call is available on or contact the Contract Arts Administrator for a pdf or hardcopy.

For additional information, please contact:        

Kelly Purvis, Contract Arts Administrator or 619.341.0137 (cell)