Fish Head Call for Artists!

Feed the Fish Trash Can Expansion Program

Feed the Fish, A Fishtown District & FNA anti-litter public arts project supported by Penn Treaty Special Services District

This public art project is designed to foster community collaboration to un-litter the neighborhood. The goal is to bring together local artists, civic communities, and the local business community.

In 2014, artists created 20 fish head trash cans, which you might have seen throughout Fishtown. This fall, Fishtown District is teaming up with FNA to expand this program. We are looking for 15 new designs for the fiberglass fish heads that will line the busy Fishtown corridors of Frankford Ave, Girard Ave, and Front Street.


Read and understand the details, technical notes and goal of this project.
1. Complete a Design Submission Form for each design (you may submit up to 3 designs)
2. Each Design Submission Form must have a full color sample of your design using the templates attached. At least the 3 quarter view and the side view must be completed.
3. If selected you will be required to sign the Artist Agreement. Please read this ahead of time to ensure you can meet the requirements if selected. Selected artists will receive a $150 stipend towards time and materials.

Use this form to submit, or Email Design Submission(s) to kae@fishtownbid.org

Deadline for submissions is: February 4th, 2022 (we encourage early submissions)

If selected, fish heads will be given to artists by February 11th, 2022 . Artists will decorate the fish heads by March 15, 2022.
Fishtown District would like to thank Fishtown Neighbors Association and East Kensington Neighbors Association for their collaboration, knowledge, and support with this project as well as Penn Treaty Special Services District for their contributions.

You can submit up to three designs.
Fishtown District recommends designs that showcase the fish design and are noticeable from afar
Submission of design does not guarantee that it will be selected.
Each design submitted must include a Design Submission Form and the design templates
Designs not using templates will not be considered.
Design submissions should be true to color.
Artists may paint and add sculptural elements to the polyurethane statues (see Technical Notes).
All paint and materials used for the final Fish Head must be suitable for outdoor use (see Technical Notes).
Personal use of designs selected must be approved by the Beautification Committee.
Artists selected are required to sign an Artist Agreement assigning the rights for all designs to the Fishtown DIstrict.

Please Note: Political, derogatory, corporate logos, slogans or commercial identities cannot be included as part of the statue’s artwork.

If you have any questions please email Kae Anderson at kae@fishtownbid.org.