Artists sought for migrant memorial

The OC Fair & Event Center is on the lookout for a local artist or team of artists for its new Migrant Agricultural Worker Memorial.

Located on the 150-acre property at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, the installation will recognize migrant agricultural workers' contribution to the growth of Orange County.

Established professional artists who are based in California and 18 years or older are invited to apply by 11 p.m. April 8. Online applications must include a letter briefly describing the artist's interest in the project, personal relevance to the project and qualifications, a resume or curriculum vitae, professional references from other projects or art-related activities, and images of completed projects with a list detailing each project's specifics.

The memorial can be in any medium and must comply with accessibility building codes, according to a news release. The memorial will be constructed in either the Centennial Farm or the yet-to-be-built plaza and foyer of the new entrance to the Pacific Amphitheatre. The project is expected to cost up to $90,000.

Up to five finalists will be selected to develop a site-specific proposal for the memorial, and each finalist will be required to present his or her proposal to a selection committee in June, according to the release. Each finalist will receive a $500 honorarium. The winning artist will have about a year to complete the memorial.

For more information, visit or contact Barbara Thompson with the center's Community Relations Department at or (714) 708-1718. Questions on the application process and program can be directed to Pat Wayne with Arts OC at or (714) 556-5160. All applications must be submitted through CaFE at

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