Call for Annual Sculpture Tour entries, more Georgetown arts and culture news

“Remember When” by Anthony St. James was the second place award winner in the 2019-20 Georgetown Sculpture Tour. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
“Remember When” by Anthony St. James was the second place award winner in the 2019-20 Georgetown Sculpture Tour. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

“Remember When” by Anthony St. James was the second place award winner in the 2019-20 Georgetown Sculpture Tour. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

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“One Trick Pony” by Dan Pogue was the first place award winner in the 2019-20 Georgetown Sculpture Tour. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
Sculpture Tour applications for the 2020-21 tour will close at the end of the day Aug. 1, according to city of Georgetown information.

Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration and is requested to provide two or three photographs of each piece showing different angles.

From the applications submitted by the deadline, the city of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select up to 15 pieces, officials said. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions in September.

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in November and remain on display until October 2021. Delivery is the artist’s responsibility; sculptures will be installed by city of Georgetown parks and recreation staff working with the artist.

All sculptures selected for the 2020-21 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the city of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board. Checks will be mailed in December.


Awards will include:

  • $1,500 first prize (one will be awarded)

  • $750 second prize (one will be awarded)

  • $500 honorable mention (up to 13 will be awarded)


Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the city on any sculpture sold during the exhibit, officials said. Once installed, sculptures are covered for theft or damage by city insurance.

Arts and culture grants available

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is also seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater, dance, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown between October and March.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply, city officials said.

Due to special circumstances related to COVID-19 and the difficulty in planning events and programs for the 2020 round two grant cycle, organizations may submit grant proposals that also seek relief funding for operating costs affected by COVID-19 during the period of March-September. These operating costs include the following categories:

  • facilities costs—percentage of rent or percentage of utilities;

  • percentage of salary for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission; and

  • percentage of fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.


Organizations that received funding in the 2020 round one cycle are not eligible to apply for 2020 round two. However, organizations that returned round one grant funding due to canceled events and programs as a result of COVID-19 may apply in 2020 round two.

Some of the information requested will be:

  • contact information for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal;

  • purpose and description of the event or project;

  • if requesting COVID-19 relief funds, why this funding would help further the organization’s mission;

  • amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources (e.g., donations, ticket sales, other grants);

  • date, location, admission charge and anticipated attendance; and

  • size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants.


Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:


  • are free admission;

  • include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented; and

  • have a cultural tourism or economic impact (events that may attract people who also attend other arts and culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown).


Organizations or individuals that receive funding will be required to follow up by recognizing the city of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs and submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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