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PROJECT PROSPECTUS AND SELECTION CRITERIA: Poet Laureate 2020 We have extended the deadline to January 10th at 5 p.m. 
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OVERVIEW: The honorary 2-year position of Poet Laureate is given to a poet who expresses and celebrates Athens’ unique people and places. The Poet Laureate is an advocate for the arts and fosters a love of poetry and literature among the diversity of all residents. The City of Athens has allocated $2,000 (per year) for the appointment of a Poet Laureate. 

We have extended the deadline to January 10th at 5 p.m. All submissions must be emailed no later than December 2, 2019 by 5 p.m. to: The Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC):

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The prospectus is focused on the selection of a Poet Laureate to represent the City of Athens. The position of Poet Laureate is given to a poet who expresses and celebrates Athens’ unique people and places. The Poet Laureate is an advocate for the arts and fosters a love of poetry and literature among the diversity of all residents. 

Duration of term: Must be available to serve a full 24-month term, commencing Feb.1, 2020. Presentation of work: Presents original works of poetry at a minimum of five official city events per year during the tenure, and at least once per year in a school or educational setting involving children. 

Participation in community: Accepts invitations to participate in city events and meetings at the request of City Council, the City Administration or the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) with reflections on current happenings and events. 

Representation of Athens: Represents Athens as a literary ambassador through outreach related to poetry including writing and submitting for publication poetry related to Athens. 

Communication with AMAC: Communicates with the Arts Commission upon request with an activities report and participates in an annual review. 

Copyright: The City of Athens maintains first North American serial and electronic rights and may publish works in any medium or at any particular location. All other rights revert to the poet. 

Budget: The City of Athens has allocated a $2,000 honorarium per year. This amount is to include expenses incurred by the poet. 

SELECTION PROCESS: Selection will be made by an AMAC ad hoc committee. The committee consists of 3 to 4 members from the poetry community and one from AMAC. The finalists will be selected according to the submitted proposal, prior work, and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. The selection committee will convene, review the applications, interview 2-3 finalists, and recommend one finalist to the Athens City Council. 

The Selection Committee reserves the right to issue a second call to artists if the proposals submitted do not demonstrate the factors listed below. The committee also reserves the right to reject all proposals. The Selection Committee abides by the Anti-discrimination Policy, Athens City Code Title 3, Chapter 3.07. 

The following factors will be considered when reviewing submissions: • Quality of body of work 

• Appropriateness of poetic project for the community
• A 3 year residency in the Athens area and involvement in the cultural life of the community as well as remaining in the community throughout the tenure as Poet Laureate
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must have a demonstrated commitment to and passion for poetry and will embrace the 

opportunity to engage in civic discourse
• A history of literary excellence, including a publication history
• The ability and willingness to fulfill the roles of the office
• The selected poet must be willing to allow selected poems to be published on the city’s website (or a partner organization) and be duplicated for publicity at school and community events, newsletters, press releases, and possible use for art installations
• The selected poet must be willing to be photographed and recorded at readings and other events that may be broadcast online or via news outlets or city-sponsored television
• The selected poet must verify that the submitted works are their own and do not violate another’s copyright 

The finalist’s project proposal and the selection committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to the AMAC which will accept or reject the recommendation. If accepted, AMAC will present the recommendation to the Athens City Council. The selected poet will then enter into an agreement with the City of Athens. The Poet Laureate will be provided with an AMAC contact. 

Neither current AMAC members, ad hoc committee members, nor their immediate family members may be candidates for Poet Laureate. 

Carol Patterson, Chair • Elizabeth Braun, Vice Chair • Josh Birnbaum, Secretary
Steve Patterson, Mayor • Kent Butler, City Council • Kelly Lawrence • Scott Winland • Ann Judy Chelsa Morahan • Email: 



• December 2, 2019: Proposals due (receipt deadline) • December 20, 2019: Results announced
• February 1, 2020: Commencement of tenure 


1. Portfolio including: 

• Selections from poet’s body of work; no more than 5 pages of original poetry (one poem per page) 

• Professional Resume/ Vita including recent publication history
• Professional References: At least three professional references who have an intimate knowledge of your work and accomplishments. Letters of support are to be supplied by two of these. Letters can be submitted electronically to the contacts below. Include complete address and phone/email for each reference. 

2. Optional Relevant Experience and Qualifications Support Information: Up to three selections of supporting materials (reviews, website links to recorded performances, news articles, essays, etc.). 

3. Required Project Proposal (Not to exceed two pages): Candidates will submit a 500-word personal statement with a framework for a specific goal or project to be undertaken during the tenure of the appointment. Please describe an overall concept for a one-year tenure as Poet Laureate, outlining the relevance to the City of Athens, within the allotted budget. 


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Athena Award II Design

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Since 2014, Athens has recognized annually a community member or organization for outstanding service on behalf of persons with disabilities. The award is named for the Greek goddess associated with wisdom, courage, inspiration, and just ice. The Athens City Commission on Disabilities invites local artists to design a new Athena Award.

Questions and Submissions

For information and specifics, contact the Athens City Commission on Disabilities on Facebook or email at with the subject line: Athena Award, Artist Inquiry

Process of Selection

A panel from our art community will review submissions and choose the design. The Commission will accept designs until January 2021. The selected artist will be announced soon after and receive a stipend to create six awards. Athena Award I I will be presented in the fall of 2021.

Why a New Design?

Five years ago, local artists Kevin Morgan, Thomas Bennett, and Nick Delmatto created our first award. It is time to pass the torch to another local artist (or artists) and commission a new design.

Vision for Athena Award II

The physical award should capture the artist 's vision of an inclusive community and be inspired by the award's namesake, the goddess Athena. It should be three-dimensional, able to be held, rich in texture, pleasurable to touch, and a delight to behold.

Artist Requirements

All design submissions should include an artist vision statement. Interested artists should be open to collaboration with the Commission. Artists must be a member of the Athens community.
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The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is an agency of city government whose commitment is to provide a means for the concerns of people with disabilities to be heard; to advocate for public policy change; to provide expertise to the community on disabilities; and tell the community about the strengths and limitations of people with disabilities, as well as how the community can help them improve their quality of life, thereby ensuring equality of opportunity and full participation in community life for everyone.

Athens Art Outside The Box - Putting the Graphic at the Traffic Essence of Athens, Ohio Traffic Signal Box Art Project . We have extended the deadline to January 31st at 5 p.m. 

AMAC is seeking up to 10 art designs to be applied onto vinyl wraps to cover traffic control boxes in Athens, Ohio. AMAC encourages submissions of Athens specific artworks that will make Athens Art Outside the Box purely “Athens.” For more information and to apply, CLICK HERE A $500 honorarium will be awarded for use of each design illustrations / paintings. Wraps will be removed after 3-5 years, depending on condition. They may be removed at any time at the discretion of the City of Athens.

Selected artist designs (which can be quilts, mosaic, photographed sculptures, photographs, or other) will be printed on to a vinyl wrap, and applied to the traffic boxes by the City of Athens. Computer designed images or scanned from. Artists will be selected by jury process. Selected artists will not choose locations. Each selected artist will not be eligible for more than one location until removal occurs. 

The City of Athens is committed to the non-discriminatory treatment of all persons regardless of his/her race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, marital or familial status, religious belief, age, or disability.


We have extended the deadline to January 31st at 5 p.m.   Receipt of Entries - Friday, January 17, 2020, 5pm


Athens County residents at least 18 years of age

Selection Criteria

Artists should bear in mind that the audiences will be broad-based and of all ages. Artwork should be appropriate for display in a public place. The art should enhance its setting and help create a sense of place. Submissions that include advertising or logos will not be considered. The jury will select public art that would not, when displayed, create a threat to public safety or create a hostile work environment for public employees.


Artwork will be displayed on traffic control boxes within Athens City limits. If selected for exhibition, location of individual designs will be recommended by AMAC with final approval by City Council.


Wraps will be removed after 3-5 years, depending on condition.


Selected artists will be paid a $500 honoraria for the use of the completed, camera-ready design as provided by the artist.

Submission Guidelines

Designs which can be computer designed images or scanned from illustrations, paintings, quilts, mosaic, photographed sculptures, photographs, or other should be prepared for the selection process as 4" tall by 9" wide JPEG images at 300 dpi. Artists may submit up to three designs. Submissions must be turned in with the attached form. Name each JPEG file with the correlating number on the entry form, your last name, title, medium, year (example – 01smith-flowers-oiloncanvas-2017.jpeg) Entry form and JPEG images may be emailed to For help with image prep, you may contact AMAC secretary Josh Birnbaum at or 740-597-1778.

Once selected, Artists will provide higher resolution images. Final digital submissions should be, at a minimum, 36” x 16” at 600 dpi. Digital images that are smaller than the minimum size cannot be accepted and honorarium will be forfeited. Artists may be asked to work with the vinyl fabricator in finalizing design for installation. By submitting works, artists agree to grant permission to alter/crop work as needed.


Artists verify that the submitted designs are their own work and do not violate another’s copyright. City of Athens will retain limited rights to use selected images as they see fit to promote the project, but artists will maintain copyright. Artists understand that if their artwork includes photography of partially or entirely recognizable people, they must provide the City of Athens with release statements from all parties.

Entries Calendar

DEADLI NE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 5 pm

SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE: Artists may submit up to three images

DEADLINE Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 5 PM

Early March 2020……………….City Council Reviews

AMAC recommendation of designs and makes final approval.

Mid February 2020 ………….The Athens Municipal Arts

Commission reviews designs for adherence to selection criteria.

Late February 2020 .......10 designs and alternates are selected by jury process.

Mid March 2020 …………….......Contracts made available to selected artists.

Installation will be staggered and weather dependent. The City reserves the right not to select any artist at all, and reserves the right to change the process or schedule.

Carol Patterson, AMAC Chair