Published on July 25 2019

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is seeking proposals from artists and arts organizations to bring new and exciting programming to the Waterfront through June 2020. DRWC defines the term “programming” as a piece, project, program, or performance from any artistic discipline (e.g. light installation, sculpture, festival, concert, multimedia presentation, and more).

These programs can be located at one or more of the public spaces owned and operated by DRWC including, but not limited to, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest/Winterfest, Penn’s Landing, Cherry Street Pier, Race Street Pier, Washington Avenue Pier, Pier 68, and the Penn’s Landing Marina. The proposed program can be a site-specific piece or a repurposing or customized version of an already created piece.

DRWC seeks to engage with 3-5 different artists or arts organizations on these programs. Selection will be made by a team consisting of independent arts professionals and DRWC staff.


Since its establishment nearly a decade ago, DRWC and its partners have had success bringing public art to the Waterfront. As development momentum continues to build and revitalization efforts move forward, DRWC sees new and greater opportunities for art and culture on the horizon. The organization has outlined a clearly defined vision for locating art outside of traditional venues and expanding cultural experiences along the waterfront in its new Waterfront Arts Program. A more in-depth overview of the Waterfront Arts Program will be accessible on our website shortly.

This call for programming falls underneath the Waterfront Arts Program and is meant to introduce this new program to local and regional artists, curators, museums, and other arts organizations. These programs are also meant to show Philadelphia and its visitors DRWC’s commitment to bringing public art to the waterfront and supporting the creative economy. 


Application deadline: 5:00 pm, August 23, 2019

Selection of programs: Mid to late September 2019

Installation/Performance: To be completed by June 30, 2020


Please send proposals to Emma Fried-Cassorla at For larger files, please use a file-sharing program like Dropbox or WeTransfer. Questions may be directed to No phone calls.