IRVINE, Calif.–The Orange County Great Park announced today an “open artist call” seeking public artists from all creative arenas to apply for the first Great Park Artist in Residence Program.

“With the initiation of the Artist in Residence Program, we are delivering a significant new creative public space to the people of Orange County,” said Beth Krom, chair of the Orange County Great Park Corp.

“This program will foster innovative ideas of what a metropolitan park can be, bring the public into the artistic process and help create unique experiences for all park visitors,” she said.

Four selected artists will receive a $7,500 stipend and studio space at a studio, gallery and outdoor performance and event space called the Palm Court & Squadron Complex, consisting of two newly renovated former squadron buildings linked by a palm court.

The artists will develop site-specific public projects showcasing visual, literary and performing arts. The public will be able to witness the creative process and interact with the artists during open studio hours.

The deadline to apply online is April 8. Applicants can visit www.ocgp.org for application information.

Artists will be chosen through a competitive and transparent selection process administered by Arts Orange County, the county’s officially designated local arts agency and state-local partner.

A panel of public arts experts–including Joseph Lewis III, dean of the UCI School of Fine Arts, and choreographer Sylvia Turner–will review applications based on artistic quality, potential community impact, professional development and compliance with selection criteria.

The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro.

The Great Park is currently 27.5 acres and includes a tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of the park’s development. A $70 million development plan to expand the park to more than 200 acres is under way.