The Art for Parks Committee has issued an open call to Ohio Artists to create art for pocket parks in Columbus' Short North district.

The Short North is one of Central Ohio's most vibrant arts-oriented retail and residential neighborhoods. Plans are under way to create over twenty pocket parks along a dynamic urban corridor set off by turn-of-the-century arches spanning N. High Street. The first major pocket park incorporates innovative art and will be completed later this spring.

Artists will be challenged to design public art that fits a particular site and integrates the Short North area as a whole. To be considered for a commissioned, paid proposal for the next park, artists are invited to submit a resume, five slides of previous work (labeled with artist's name, work title, date, and medium) and a letter of interest to Maddy Weisz, Art for Parks Committee, 1219 Harrison Ave., Columbus, OH 43201, no later than April 15, 2003.

By May 1, a jury will select three finalists to develop a paid proposal for a specific site. Completed design proposals will be due June 15, 2003. All application materials will become property of the SID. All entries, including those received after the deadline, will be kept on file for subsequent pocket park art projects.

For more information, please contact Mary Miller at 421-2409 or Pat Sieber at or visit The Art for Parks Committee is a collaboration between the Short North Improvement District (SID) and BrickStreet Arts Association.