Public Art in Old Town North

Page updated on Apr 6, 2021 at 2:17 PM

Alexandria is a City of vibrant neighborhoods.  The Old Town North neighborhood has its own unique character and rich history.  Located in the northeastern park of the City, Old Town North is bordered by the Potomac River to the east, Oronoco Street to the south, the southern end of Daingerfield Island to the north, and Washington Street generally to the west.  Old Town North is home to two important cultural institutions – The Art League and MetroStage – as well as businesses in the creative sectors and to residents who enjoy the cultural activities that take place in the area.  In April 2018, City Council approved the establishment of an Arts and Cultural District in Old Town North, one of the Small Area Plan’s implementation recommendations. 

The Old Town North Small Area Plan establishes North Fairfax Street as an Arts Corridor, where public art installations and arts and cultural uses are concentrated to create a critical mass of creative uses.  This corridor is intended to attract all types of creative uses, such as visual and performing arts venues, galleries, and studios, as well as businesses or stores in creative fields such as media, marketing, handcrafting, art supply, and design.  These uses serve to strengthen the corridor’s sense of place and the vitality of the creative economy.

To review the approved project plan, click here

Call to Artists - Request for Qualifications: OTN Stormwater Cover Project 

The City of Alexandria’s Public Art Program is inviting artists 18 years and older who live and work in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia to submit their qualifications for consideration to create up to two original designs for stormwater covers and the surrounding concrete apron throughout Old Town North (OTN).  

The City of Alexandria will commission up to three artists to create the original designs and provide those designs in the appropriate PDF and vector-based formats. Each artist will be provided with a budget of up to $2,000 to create the original designs. The stormwater covers will be fabricated and installed by a foundry company.  

To learn more about this project and Old Town North including artist eligibility, selection criteria, artist requirements, and project goals read the full Call for Artists here

Applications are due by 6 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021. All applications must be submitted online. and have the following materials ready to upload in the application (there will not be an option to save your application along the way):

  • Contact information including name, address, email, and phone number;
  • A brief statement (up to 500 words) that describes your interest in the project and what ideas you would like to explore and confirms your availability to meet the project timeline;
  • A short artist statement;
  • Five (5) to ten (10) images of previous original artwork;
  • A corresponding image list with title, medium, dimensions, brief description, and date of work. Please include location, commissioning entity, and budget, if applicable; and
  • Contact information for three references.

click here to read the full call to artists

Click here to access the application